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. ...
RHAP’s Daygan Eagar: M&G Top 200 Young South African

RHAP’s Daygan Eagar: M&G Top 200 Young South African

RHAP celebrates Daygan Eagar’s achievement as one of the Top 200 Young South Africans in the Mail and Guardian’s 2014 Edition, published on the 25 of July 2014. A much deserved acknowledgement of Daygan’s pioneering work in rural health advocacy, particularly in the field of health financing. Read his profile here: http://ysa2 ...

Certificate of Need: Too much stick, not enough carrot

In this opinion piece published in the Mail and Guardian on 25 July 2014 Daygan Eagar argues that the state’s proposed certificate of need will not address inequities in rural healthcare. During a recent consultation with the national department of health on the much-maligned promulgation of the section of the National Health Act that requires ...
Re-Imagining Rural Health – The State of Rural Health 20 years into Democracy

Re-Imagining Rural Health – The State of Rural Health 20 years into Democracy

Originally published in the May 2014 newsletter of the Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA). Daygan Eagar, Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP)’s health budget specialist and Programme Manager for the Rural-Proofing Policy and Budgeting Programme. He provides health budget and policy monitoring training to communities and civil soc ...
Rural Health: Grossly Unequal but Some Hope

Rural Health: Grossly Unequal but Some Hope

Groundup Opinion Piece. 03 December 2013. Dr Thomas Yates reflects on the state of rural health in this opinion piece published in GroundUp on the 3rd December 2013. While there are significant unmet health needs in many parts of South Africa, they are particularly acute in historically disadvantaged rural areas. Read the full article here. ...

All in a hard day’s work – A clinical associate’s first day at work in a rural hospital.

Hardly two weeks on the job and doctors and nurses at Carletonville Hospital’s maternity ward say that Victor Mokokotlela is a welcome relief. As one of the inaugural clinical associates to graduate from Wits University in December, Mokokotlela’s duties include taking care of the hospital’s post-natal patients. “This is a very remote hospital a ...

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 ...

A case of sick clinical management at Mpumalanga’s Tintswalo Hospital

Published in the Daily Maverick Situated in the remote heartland of Mpumalanga, Tintswalo Hospital should be a facility that offers public healthcare to the community of Acornhoek, many of whom are marginalised. Instead, the clinical management itself is in a shambles, with good doctors leaving in droves and no new physicians for a facility tha ...