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 ...
Voice Workshop at Africa Health Conference – 29 May 2018

Voice Workshop at Africa Health Conference – 29 May 2018

Join our Voice Team at the Africa Health Conference on 29 May 2018 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg. Objectives of Voice workshops: • Participants have insight into legal and policy foundations of the right to health • You can learn more about Advocacy approaches and the different roles played by      health care workers • Health ...

MSLA – Protecting Patients During Industrial Action

Negotiations for an #MSLA stalled in 2011. Here is the legal opinion and discussion document that was then developed for RHAP and RuDASA as clients of SECTION27. These negotiations need to be revisited! Discussion document _legal brief MSLA_2011 Press Statement: Urgently Finalise the Minimum Service Level Agreement for the Health Sector   ...
UKZN / RHAP Partnership: Advocacy in the Curriculum

UKZN / RHAP Partnership: Advocacy in the Curriculum

Today marks the next step in the partnership with UKZN and RHAP on the integration of Advocacy in the Curriculum. UKZN actively supported and promoted the development of RHAP’s Advocacy in the Curriculum Manual in 2015/16. As we are rolling-out the manual across Health Sciences Faculties in South Africa, UKZN is once again pioneering this ...
SASOP – RHAP STATEMENT ON MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY TRAINING 2018

SASOP – RHAP STATEMENT ON MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY TRAINING 2018

SASOP-RHAP STATEMENT ON MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY TRAINING 2018 The Life Esidimeni tragedy continued to dominate the news throughout 2017. The testimonies of several witnesses in the arbitration hearings, chaired by retired deputy chief-justice Dikgang Moseneke, established how the Gauteng Department of Health continued to dismiss all warnings, de ...

Are South African health workers being silenced into malpractice?

By Karessa Govender, Published in The Daily Maverick, 17 November 2017 https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/opinionista/2017-11-17-are-south-african-health-workers-being-silenced-into-malpractice/#.Wg6MYROCxE4 “There is really no such thing as the ‘voiceless’. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.” The word ...
22 November, Public Debate: Raising Alarm and Being Heard

22 November, Public Debate: Raising Alarm and Being Heard

Programme: 22Nov HCW Advocacy Debate Programme Date:  22 November 2017, 1530 for 16:00 – 18:30 Place: University of the Witwatersrand, School of Public Health, Resource Centre RSVP: For catering purposes RSVP by Monday 20 Nov to Karessa@rhap.org.za In a context of an ailing health system faced with many challenges, patients and their families n ...