Cutting Human Resources for Health – Who Pays?

Cutting Human Resources for Health – Who Pays?

This report shows both the gravity and the complexity of the HRH crisis for rural communities in South Africa. While many of the challenges described affect health services at all levels and in urban and peri-urban areas as well, it is clear that rural South Africans are uniquely vulnerable to the effects of staffing cuts, and disproportionatel ...
Statement of the National Health Assembly: 27 June 2016

Statement of the National Health Assembly: 27 June 2016

The National Health Assembly, held at the University of the Western Cape from 24 – 26 June brought together organisations and individuals from all provinces in South Africa and beyond. The NHA participants identified the following issues around health and health care provision in South Africa: the need for community participation including heal ...

Press Statement: Support for healthcare workers working in precarious situations is needed not vilification

The Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa (RuDASA) would like to express our serious concern in relation to the suspension from duty of two doctors from Evander Hospital in Mpumalanga for performing an emergency perimortem caesarian section in the hospital’s labour ward. RuDASA firstly extends heartfelt condolences to the family of the m ...

Resuscitating an ethical climate in the health system: The role of healthcare workers

By Dr Prinitha Pillay. Abstract: South Africa boasts a proud tradition of healthcare professionals speaking out against injustice in line with the medical doctrine of beneficence (to do good) and maleficence (do no harm). There are many who play a part in making the health system better, including the state, managers, patients and healthcare wo ...
The Voice Project

The Voice Project

“There’s really no such thing as the ‘voiceless’. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.” Arundhati Roy, Author and human rights activist Summary The Voice Project aims to improve access to quality rural health care by increasing the number and quality of healthcare provider change agents. As part of this initiativ ...
Clinical Leadership, District Hospitals and Rural Health

Clinical Leadership, District Hospitals and Rural Health

This publication “Strengthening Clinical Leadership In Hospitals – A Review of the International and South African Literature ” (2013) by Jane Doherty is a must-read for anyone who has a stake in strengthening local leadership for better health care. Policy brief (download link above for full publication): The debate around pu ...
Advocate for Improvements using the National Core Standards for Health Establishments

Advocate for Improvements using the National Core Standards for Health Establishments

Published in 2011, the main aim of the National Core Standards for Health Establishments is to: •  Develop a common definition of quality care which should be found in all health establishments in South Africa, as a guide to the public and to managers and staff at all levels; •  Establish a benchmark against which health establishments can be a ...

Introduction to Clinical Governance

Clinical Governance is an initiative to ensure health facilities have in place a system to support continuous improvement in the quality of care.  This includes having policies and procedures to safeguard patient care and, importantly, promoting an organisational culture that encourages patients, visitors and staff to report any concerns they m ...