Improving access to antiretrovirals in rural South Africa – a call to action

In this editorial published this week in the SAMJ, RHAP and other health scientists, advocates and health care providers call for improved access to ARVs in rural areas, notably through rural nurse prescribing and dispensing legislation. Improving access to antiretrovirals in rural South Africa – a call to action South Africa (SA) already has t ...

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 ...
How golden policies lead to mud delivery – and how silver should become the new gold

How golden policies lead to mud delivery – and how silver should become the new gold

Karl le Roux presented at the 2012 RuDASA/Phasa conference. The following article is one he wrote based on his presentation, which can be found originally on the PHASA website (www.phasa.org.za) “My job today is to describe to you what it is like being at the rural coalface. Though I have loved working in a rural hospital for the past six ...

2014 Rural Health Conference, Worcester, 21-24 September

The 2014 annual rural health conference will take place from 21-24 September, in the Western Cape town of Worcester. The annual conference is traditionally organised by RuDASA in partnership with RuRESA, PACASA and additional rotating partners. The theme for this year’s conference is: Building resilience in facing rural health realities. ...

NHI and Rural Health

This submission in response to the Green Paper on NHI is made by the Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa, the Rural Health Advocacy Project, the Wits Centre for Rural Health, the UKZN Centre for Rural Health, the Ukwanda Centre for Rural Health, Africa Health Placements, Rural Rehab South Africa and the University of Cape Town: Primary ...
The District Hospital and PHC

The District Hospital and PHC

RuDASA and RHAP ares convinced that the Primary Health Care approach should be the foundational principle on which our national healthcare service is built. We are, however, concerned that the documents pertaining the re-engineering of PHC, have not recognised the important role that a well functioning district hospital (DH) could (and in fact ...

Rural-Proofing the PHC Re-Engineering Strategy

The Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP), the Rural Doctors Association of South Africa (RuDASA), the Wits Centre for Rural Health and KZN Centre for Rural Health strongly support the drive by Government to re-engineer primary health care (PHC). We agree that a strengthened PHC approach within a functional District Health System (DHS) is impera ...

Open letter RuDASA and JuDASA Circumcision Deaths

14 August 2013 RuDASA and JuDASA call for and supportn national and provincial task teams to end circumcision deaths, mutilations and abuse. As doctors from JuDASA and RuDASA we are writing to express our deep concern regarding the ongoing and predictable mutilations and deaths resulting from the initiations seasons in several provinces of the ...