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 ...

Scientific Fact or Fake News in the era of the COVID pandemic

The COVID19 pandemic has brought about a paradigm shift in how we think about information. For the first time in recent history you can be arrested for creating or spreading fake news. Read this very informative blog by rural doctor Dr Madeleine Muller, from Eastern Cape. ...

Influential coalition urges President Ramaphosa to increase child support grants

As a member of this coalition, RHAP cannot emphasize enough the urgency of this intervention. ” We, a group of concerned academics, civil society leaders and other development partners, appeal to you to consider our call for an urgent increase to the value of the Child Support Grant (CSG) by R500 for a period of six months. This measure i ...
COVID-19: PPE for HCWs

COVID-19: PPE for HCWs

Healthcare workers can report Personal Protective Equipment and essential medicines stock-outs to the SAHCS/SSP. Refer to the contact details in the image. ...

Covid-19: Lockdown responses from farmworkers to sex workers to CSOs

https://city-press.news24.com/Voices/covid-19-lockdown-responses-from-farmworkers-to-sex-workers-to-csos-20200328 ” Rensburg told Spotlight that the social mitigation measures government announce seem inadequate, particularly for the poor. “Rural communities have among the highest unemployment rates and are almost completely dependent on ...

OP-ED Covid-19: We need both physical distancing and social solidarity

By Lydia Cairncross for Spotlight• 20 March 2020 Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in December 2019, the world has been bombarded with messages about how to curb the spread of the virus. Governments have activated legislation enabling them to shut down public spaces and force people into self – isolation. As civil society organisations workin ...