Take care over the next hill

Published in the Mail and Guardian.  What, if anything, does the private healthcare sector have to offer the rural poor? By Daygan Eagar Perched on a hill overlooking the N2 on the outskirts of East London is a new private hospital managed by one of South Africa’s largest private healthcare groups. The hospital offers what it describes as ...

Rural healthcare is crying out for a good plan and a real budget.

Published in the Mail & Guardian in response to the State of the Nation Address: “Madwaleni is one of those rural hospitals that has managed to attract and retain health professionals. Currently the hospital has 10 doctors with pharmacy, radiology, nutrition and rehabilitation health professionals as well,” said the 2009 report ...

Press statement: Systematic problems in drug supply have to be addressed now to avert future crisis

MSF winds up temporary support from Eastern Cape medical depot; MSF and TAC call on health authorities to better train staff, provide emergency response MTHATHA / CAPE TOWN / JOHANNESBURG – After responding to a drug distribution crisis at Mthatha medical depot between 7 December and 24 January, the medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sa ...

Press Statement: Hundreds of Eastern Cape clinics face ARV stock crisis

Over 50,000 HIV patients at risk of treatment interruption | MSF & TAC send emergency support team   MTHATHA – Serious antiretroviral (ARV) drug supply shortages at the Mthatha medical depot threaten the health of more than 50,000 HIV patients in the Eastern Cape who are at risk of treatment interruption. Recent strike action, combined ...

SECTION27 statement.

The Financial Crisis in the Eastern Cape Department of Health Threatens the Collapse of Health Services, the loss of doctors and a loss of life – National Government has a Duty to Intervene Urgently Over the last two weeks SECTION27 together with our partners the Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP), TAC, Africa Health Placements (AHP), Rural R ...

IST reports on the state of the health system and the public’s right to know

More than a year after their finalisation and after many frustrated attempts by civil society organisations and the media to access them – including through the Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 – SECTION27 and the Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP) have finally been leaked copies of all the provincial reports compiled by the Integ ...