Roll Out of Vaccines To Rural Areas

RuDASA Press Statement 15 March 2021 RUDASA is concerned at the delay in developing a vaccine roll out plan to rural health services. Whilst understanding the logistical reasons for starting with the central hospitals, some rural district hospitals e.g. in eastern Eastern Cape, have had more COVID-19 patients than the urban areas, and there is ...
The World Health Assembly has declared 2020 as the international year of the nurse and midwife in order to highlight the vital roles that nurses and midwives play in the healthcare system and in transforming it. This year also marks the implementation of the new nursing curriculum in South Africa.

The World Health Assembly has declared 2020 as the international year of the nurse and midwife in order to highlight the vital roles that nurses and midwives play in the healthcare system and in transforming it. This year also marks the implementation of the new nursing curriculum in South Africa.

In light of this, RHAP hosted a nursing webinar in order to discuss the Future of Nursing in South Africa- exploring challenges, opportunities, and social accountability in nursing education. The coupled question was ‘ are nursing education reforms responsive to rural communities ‘? The webinar gave those who haven’t had the c ...

PRESS RELEASE: OXYGEN SUPPLIES VITAL FOR RURAL HOSPITALS COVID-19 RESPONSE

RuDASA Calls for Oxygen Therapy in District Hospitals Many patients with COVID-19 appear relatively alert and well until quite dangerously hypoxic (lacking in oxygen). Oxygen Therapy is vital to save the lives of these patients in rural hospitals, that are without ICU facilities, and have long transit times to tertiary hospitals. Some of our ru ...
Nursing today in South Africa

Nursing today in South Africa

By Lungile Gamede – RHAP Graduate Intern According to the World Health Organisation, a well-functioning healthcare system is defined as one that  “responds in a balanced way to a population’s needs and expectations by; improving the health status of individuals, families, and communities; defending the population against what threatens it ...

RHAP Newsletter: COVID-19 AND RURAL HEALTH “Rural-proofing the Response”

Rural Health Update A word from our director, Russell Rensburg We are nearing the end of the third week in lockdown and RHAP has been hard at work from our various homes to support the collective response to COVID-191 in South Africa. As a rural health hub, RHAP remains focused on its core competencies: rural-proofing the COVID-19 res ...
#MTBPS2018: Flattery to Deceive

#MTBPS2018: Flattery to Deceive

With elections looming in 2019, the MTBPS was always going to be a case of “flattering to deceive” with no concrete commitment to addressing the crisis in health, report RUSSELL RENSBURG and SAMANTHA KHAN-GILLMORE   Beyond a reflection of the financial performance of government and a summary of the prevailing economic conditions, the budge ...
Tips for Tito!

Tips for Tito!

by Russell Rensburg, Rural Health Advocacy Project As we move towards the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) with yet another Finance Minister, it is difficult not to get a sense of dejavu. Like Minister Gigaba, Minister Mboweni is facing a challenging balance between maintaining fiscal responsibility and repairing the damage inflicted ...
OHSC – need we help it to do more?

OHSC – need we help it to do more?

The Rural Health Advocacy Project’s Samantha Khan-Gillmore makes a impassioned plea for the Office of Health Standards Compliance to be capacitated to do more. In the early hours of the morning in January 2017, two young, energetic, men were involved in a serious collision and were immediately taken by ambulance to the nearest health facility f ...
Press release: Tower Hospital – Dr K Sukeri

Press release: Tower Hospital – Dr K Sukeri

MEDIA RELEASE DR K SUKERI – HEALTH OMBUDSMAN’S REPORT – TOWER HOSPITAL I am deeply disappointed and saddened by the Health Ombudsman’s decision to attack myprofessional integrity as opposed to focusing his attention on the issues raised. After careful consideration I have made the decision not to lodge an appeal, specifically inrelation to thos ...
Invitation to NHI Consultative Workshop in Nyandeni, EC – 6 September

Invitation to NHI Consultative Workshop in Nyandeni, EC – 6 September

RHAP is in the Eastern this week to host a consultative workshop on the NHI. Join us in the Nyandeni Sub-district and add your voice to the NHI Bill! The recent release of the National Health Insurance Bill presents a unique opportunity to transform rural health delivery. As such it requires current actors within the health system to reflect on ...