Press Statement: Support for healthcare workers working in precarious situations is needed not vilification

The Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa (RuDASA) would like to express our serious concern in relation to the suspension from duty of two doctors from Evander Hospital in Mpumalanga for performing an emergency perimortem caesarian section in the hospital’s labour ward. RuDASA firstly extends heartfelt condolences to the family of the m ...

Resuscitating an ethical climate in the health system: The role of healthcare workers

By Dr Prinitha Pillay. Abstract: South Africa boasts a proud tradition of healthcare professionals speaking out against injustice in line with the medical doctrine of beneficence (to do good) and maleficence (do no harm). There are many who play a part in making the health system better, including the state, managers, patients and healthcare wo ...
If SA is Winning Where are all its Prized Doctors?

If SA is Winning Where are all its Prized Doctors?

In response to the earlier feature in the Sunday Times ‘SA is the winner as local doctors stay put” (22 March 2015) RHAP’s Director Marije Versteeg-Mojanaga questions if we are really “winning” in this letter covered in the Sunday Times of 5 April. Your article “SA is the winner as local doctors stay put” (22 March ...
Free State protest for community health workers

Free State protest for community health workers

Bloemfontein recently came to a standstill as community health workers (CHW) and the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) marched to the magistrate’s court in support of 118 health workers arrested in July last year. Read the full story by Palesa Butler, guest author for Health-e News. ...
The Voice Project

The Voice Project

“There’s really no such thing as the ‘voiceless’. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.” Arundhati Roy, Author and human rights activist Summary The Voice Project aims to improve access to quality rural health care by increasing the number and quality of healthcare provider change agents. As part of this initiativ ...
Rural-Proofing the Department of Health “WISN” Staffing Norms

Rural-Proofing the Department of Health “WISN” Staffing Norms

There is rural context that is applicable to many of the steps in the Workload Indicator of Staffing Needs (WISN) process, the method used by the Department of Health to indicate the staffing needs at health facilities across the country. This context needs to be incorporated, whether by modifying existing steps or creating additional steps for ...
The Voice Project – Health Care Provider Poster

The Voice Project – Health Care Provider Poster

The next step in RHAP’s The Voice Project is the piloting of workshops on the basis of our draft manual “A HEALTHCARE PROVIDER’S GUIDE TO REPORTING HEALTHCARE CHALLENGES: PRINCIPLES, TOOLS & STRATEGIES”. Download the The Voice Project – HCP Poster here. So far we provided workshops in KZN, EC, at the Rural Health Con ...
Wiser Seminar 1 September 2014: The Broken Thread – Primary Health Care, Social Justice and the Dignity of the Health Worker

Wiser Seminar 1 September 2014: The Broken Thread – Primary Health Care, Social Justice and the Dignity of the Health Worker

Tonight Mark Heywood from SECTION27 speaks at a public WISER seminar on the missing link in realising the right to health: The Health Care Worker. RHAP and its rural partners have demonstrated in various policy submissions (on NHI, PHC) and publications that priority interventions will not achieve intended outcomes of equity and improved health ...