PRESS RELEASE: ECDoH commitment to allocate 4 doctors at ailing Canzibe Hospital from July welcomed but crisis management needed now to bridge June month with 1 doctor left

PRESS RELEASE: ECDoH commitment to allocate 4 doctors at ailing Canzibe Hospital from July welcomed but crisis management needed now to bridge June month with 1 doctor left

The Rural Health Advocacy Project welcomes the news that the Eastern Cape Department of Health is recruiting four doctors to work at the 120-bed Canzibe District Hospital in OR Tambo District, in the Eastern Cape. Three of the four doctors are expected to start by 1 July. This comes after months of advocacy by various parties and through variou ...
Press Statement: The RHAP welcomes the Health Minister’s statement on staffing moratoria and calls for the protection of critical health posts in times of austerity

Press Statement: The RHAP welcomes the Health Minister’s statement on staffing moratoria and calls for the protection of critical health posts in times of austerity

The RHAP welcomes the Health Minister’s statement on staffing moratoria and calls for the protection of critical health posts in times of austerity 9 February 2016 The RHAP welcomes the Minister’s statement[1] to the press dated 8 February in which he responds to allegations of “frozen posts” in the health system. In his response the Minister w ...

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 ...
Press Release: The RHAP calls for the protection of critical health services whilst the North West Department of Health is put under administration

Press Release: The RHAP calls for the protection of critical health services whilst the North West Department of Health is put under administration

Chronically underserved rural populations will bear the brunt as a result of embargoes on hiring staff, maintaining infrastructure and upgrading equipment At the beginning of the 2015/16 financial year the North West Provincial Government placed the provincial department of health, along with other key service departments such as public works a ...
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 ...
Clinical Leadership, District Hospitals and Rural Health

Clinical Leadership, District Hospitals and Rural Health

This publication “Strengthening Clinical Leadership In Hospitals – A Review of the International and South African Literature ” (2013) by Jane Doherty is a must-read for anyone who has a stake in strengthening local leadership for better health care. Policy brief (download link above for full publication): The debate around pu ...

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 ...
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 ...