Open letter to Minister Motsoaledi: Please support healthcare workers to speak out

The Rural Health Advocacy Project has written an open letter to Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi challenging him to support healthcare workers to speak out, saying failing to do so could see many more cases like those in the Life Esidimeni saga. By SAMANTHA KHAN-GILLMORE. This year, 2017, has started off with a bang on all fronts for South Afri ...

Calling for South African Psychologists to Engage. Associate. Liberate

In this article, psychologist Garret Barnwell calls upon South African psychologists to become more engaged in advocating for social justice and to respond to the challenges faced by the majority of people living in South Africa. “We, as psychologists, can either choose to be complicit in the maintenance of structural disparities or contr ...
TAC’s GS on the Elephant in the Room at #SAAIDS2015

TAC’s GS on the Elephant in the Room at #SAAIDS2015

Political obstacles to improving access to healthcare in South Africa Anele Yawa, TAC General Secretary – Speech at SA AIDS 2015 Plenary Ladies and gentlemen, friends, comrades, thank you for the opportunity to address you this morning. I am Anele Yawa. I am the General Secretary of the Treatment Action Campaign. We are a civil society or ...

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 ...
Budget Justice and NHI

Budget Justice and NHI

In the preface of the publication AIDC Budget Justice_November 2014, launched on the 25th of November, Dick Forslund rightfully argues that “Budget justice is inherently a political process. This booklet seeks to raise a fundamental starting point of engaging with public budgets. Progressive civil society must unite specific budget object ...

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 ...

OSD opinion piece: Make rural health a viable career of choice

At the end of last year, I was privileged in my capacity as chairperson of the Rural Doctors Association of South Africa (RuDASA) to be part of a panel talking about rural success stories on the After Eight Debate with Tim Modise. He quoted Clem Sunter, who feels that there are many South Africans who are doing remarkable, world leading work in ...
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. ...