Civil Society groups voice concern over Health Ombud’s treatment of whistle-blower

Civil Society groups voice concern over Health Ombud’s treatment of whistle-blower

Statement Rosebank, Johannesburg                                                                           31 August 2018 The Rural Health Advocacy Project, the Treatment Action Campaign and SECTION27 are concerned that the focus of the Health Ombud’s report on the complainant, Dr Kiran Sukeri, will dissuade other health care professionals from ...
ICESCR South Africa Submission

ICESCR South Africa Submission

This submission is a result of collaboration from various health organisations and interested parties. It seeks to bring the pertinent health issues facing South Africa to the forefront of the engagement between the State and the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Enforcement of the obligations imposed on the State – by ...
Access to Healthcare in Post Apartheid South Africa

Access to Healthcare in Post Apartheid South Africa

“Our multivariate analysis shows that despite government efforts to make health care more accessible by expanding the facility network and abolishing user fees, rural households and vulnerable subgroups such as black South Africans, the less educated, the unemployed and the poor tend to be less likely to have adequate access to health car ...
Contraceptive Shortages across South Africa

Contraceptive Shortages across South Africa

Reproductive Health Rights of Women in SA under Threat 24 July 2018 Reproductive health rights of women in South Africa under threat, as supply shortages leave health facilities across the country without supplies of contraceptives. Public sector supply shortages of contraceptives have been confirmed by the National Department of Health (NDOH) ...
Statement on the SAHRC/NMF Dialogue

Statement on the SAHRC/NMF Dialogue

Statement on the SAHRC and NMF Dialogue On 5 July 2018, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), together with the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) convened a national dialogue resulting in the Braamfontein Statement, on the impact of the protest and industrial action on the right to access health services in South Africa. This dialogu ...
NHI Bill – so near yet so far

NHI Bill – so near yet so far

By Russell Rensburg The release of the NHI Bill for public comment is a significant milestone in the transformation of the South African health sector. Since 1994, there have been a number of health sector reforms that have sought to unite a fragmented system. These included merging more that 10 “homeland” Ministries of Health as well as 14 dep ...
Deaf Dentistry – All We Want Is To Be Heard

Deaf Dentistry – All We Want Is To Be Heard

The time is 11:37 on a cool Thursday morning in a rural town in South Africa. It is winter and a couple walk through the wooden doors of a dental clinic that attends to a little over a thousand patients a month from different parts of a vast community. The couple quitely takes a seat next to the last person in the queue and they quietly wait fo ...
Health workers as Change Agents and Patient Advocates

Health workers as Change Agents and Patient Advocates

A presentation to the People’s Health Movement (PHM) Public Meeting on 9 June 2018  By Karessa Govender:  Projects Officer, Rural Health Advocacy Project Introduction Today I wear two hats, the first is that of a member of a civil society organization, the Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP)and the second hat is that of a healthcare work ...
‘Cancer treatment in the North West is impossible’

‘Cancer treatment in the North West is impossible’

Activists say that at least one patient has been trying to get treatment since 2013. Only one radiation oncologist is left to treat cancer patients in North West, a health department statement shows. “With only one oncologist, cancer treatment here is impossible,” says Adele Botha, the North West divisional manager for the Cancer Association of ...