Roll Out of Vaccines To Rural Areas

RuDASA Press Statement 15 March 2021 RUDASA is concerned at the delay in developing a vaccine roll out plan to rural health services. Whilst understanding the logistical reasons for starting with the central hospitals, some rural district hospitals e.g. in eastern Eastern Cape, have had more COVID-19 patients than the urban areas, and there is ...

PRESS RELEASE: OXYGEN SUPPLIES VITAL FOR RURAL HOSPITALS COVID-19 RESPONSE

RuDASA Calls for Oxygen Therapy in District Hospitals Many patients with COVID-19 appear relatively alert and well until quite dangerously hypoxic (lacking in oxygen). Oxygen Therapy is vital to save the lives of these patients in rural hospitals, that are without ICU facilities, and have long transit times to tertiary hospitals. Some of our ru ...
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 ...
Confronting the Right to Ethical and Accountable Quality Healthcare in South Africa: Lancet National Commission Consensus Report

Confronting the Right to Ethical and Accountable Quality Healthcare in South Africa: Lancet National Commission Consensus Report

RHAP’s new Director Russell Rensburg was one of the Commissioner’s of this high-level commission looking into the state of quality healthcare in South Africa. Introduction South Africa has made great strides since the end of apartheid in 1994 in improving overall population health and well-being, reflected in increased life expectan ...
#MTBPS2018: Flattery to Deceive

#MTBPS2018: Flattery to Deceive

With elections looming in 2019, the MTBPS was always going to be a case of “flattering to deceive” with no concrete commitment to addressing the crisis in health, report RUSSELL RENSBURG and SAMANTHA KHAN-GILLMORE   Beyond a reflection of the financial performance of government and a summary of the prevailing economic conditions, the budge ...
Invitation to NHI Consultative Workshop in Nyandeni, EC – 6 September

Invitation to NHI Consultative Workshop in Nyandeni, EC – 6 September

RHAP is in the Eastern this week to host a consultative workshop on the NHI. Join us in the Nyandeni Sub-district and add your voice to the NHI Bill! The recent release of the National Health Insurance Bill presents a unique opportunity to transform rural health delivery. As such it requires current actors within the health system to reflect on ...
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 ...