Deaf Dentistry – All We Want Is To Be Heard

Deaf Dentistry – All We Want Is To Be Heard

The time is 11:37 on a cool Thursday morning in a rural town in South Africa. It is winter and a couple walk through the wooden doors of a dental clinic that attends to a little over a thousand patients a month from different parts of a vast community. The couple quitely takes a seat next to the last person in the queue and they quietly wait fo ...
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 ...

MSLA – Protecting Patients During Industrial Action

Negotiations for an #MSLA stalled in 2011. Here is the legal opinion and discussion document that was then developed for RHAP and RuDASA as clients of SECTION27. These negotiations need to be revisited! Discussion document _legal brief MSLA_2011 Press Statement: Urgently Finalise the Minimum Service Level Agreement for the Health Sector   ...

Are South African health workers being silenced into malpractice?

By Karessa Govender, Published in The Daily Maverick, 17 November 2017 https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/opinionista/2017-11-17-are-south-african-health-workers-being-silenced-into-malpractice/#.Wg6MYROCxE4 “There is really no such thing as the ‘voiceless’. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.” The word ...
Nyandeni Imbizo Report

Nyandeni Imbizo Report

On the 15th of August 2017, the Rural Health Advocacy Project in partnership with the Canzibe Hospital Board held a Community Dialogue/Imbizo at the Canzibe Community Hall. Partner organisations that were present were TAC, One2One Enable Mothers, The Jabulani Foundation and RuDASA. The imbizo was attended by over 150 community members from Canz ...