‘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 ...
The impact of HCW strike action on patients’ health

The impact of HCW strike action on patients’ health

Patients have died as a result of the recent strike in North West. Doctors and nurses were also chased out of operating theatres and wards by strikers. How can patients and health workers be protected from becoming victims of a fight that is aimed an employer? Sixty-four patients may have died in one district of the North West alone during the ...
RHAP Letter to SAHRC for Urgent Investigation

RHAP Letter to SAHRC for Urgent Investigation

RHAP has written a letter to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) requesting an urgent investigation into the health impact of the protest and industrial action that has wracked health facilities in the North West Province. Many facilities have been closed or partially opened for lengths of time with large numbers of people in comm ...
RHAP and Doctors Statement on NW crisis to National Task Team

RHAP and Doctors Statement on NW crisis to National Task Team

RHAP Statement on North West Health Emergency ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE IN NORTH WEST PROVINCE REMAINS UNDER SIEGE DESPITE APPOINTMENT OF NATIONAL TASK   Demands by 70 North West doctors for “The National Department of Health to guarantee both patients’ and health care workers’ safety when receiving and delivering services” has not been met one week ...
Healthcare in Protests, Violence and Conflict

Healthcare in Protests, Violence and Conflict

The political action and healthcare workers strike in North West is widening beyond Mafikeng, with clinics and hospitals closing across Districts. Patients lives are under direct threat and lives have already been lost. Healthcare workers wanting to go to work are threatened. The right to health needs to be protected! Healthcare-in-protests-MSF ...
Health crisis looms in the North West

Health crisis looms in the North West

At the centre of the crisis is the relationship breakdown between the province’s political leadership and members of the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu), whose go-slow at the provincial medicines depot has stopped drugs leaving or entering the facility. Nehawu says the protest action will continue until their demand ...
Development of the North West Critical Health Posts Tool

Development of the North West Critical Health Posts Tool

After years of research and advocacy, The Rural Health Advocacy Project announces the next step in our Critical Health Posts work – a pilot project in North West Province that places not only clinical consequences at the centre of decision-making but also rurality factors and vulnerable patient groups. A project that promotes equity and a ...
Protecting Critical Health Posts in Times of Austerity

Protecting Critical Health Posts in Times of Austerity

This article was originally published in the PHASA newsletter, ahead of the 2015 PHASA conference. https://www.phasa.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Marije_Protecting-critical-posts_article-1.pdf Protecting critical posts at times of austerity Marije Versteeg-Mojanaga, Director of the Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP). Executive member of ...
MTBPS 2016: The Rural Health Advocacy Project warns against further health service cuts to those most in need following continued fiscal consolidation

MTBPS 2016: The Rural Health Advocacy Project warns against further health service cuts to those most in need following continued fiscal consolidation

Rural Health Advocacy Project Press Statement MTBPS 2016: The Rural Health Advocacy Project warns against further health service cuts to those most in need following continued fiscal consolidation 27 October 2016 Following the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) by Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, on 26 October 2016, we reflect in t ...

Report on Rural Health Imbizo in Dr RSM District, NW Province, 21 May 2016

On 21 May the RHAP together with RuDASA hosted a rural health imbizo in one of the most rural districts in the country, Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati (Dr RSM) District in North West Province. Over 100 community members from around 14 villages attended the Imbizo, some represented NGO’s operating in the area, others represented community health work ...