Press Statement: RuDASA supports #FeesMustFall

Press Statement: RuDASA supports #FeesMustFall

Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa (RuDASA) stands in solidarity with the non-violent, united student movement currently known as #FeesMustFall. The groundswell of activism demonstrated by students exposes an obvious structural elitism. This struggle is about human dignity and equal access for everyone, and it affects us all. We know ...
PRESS RELEASE Mental Health Day: Report finds SA rural mental health care services to remain largely inadequate

PRESS RELEASE Mental Health Day: Report finds SA rural mental health care services to remain largely inadequate

10 October 2015 – International Mental Health Day THE RURAL MENTAL HEALTH CAMPAIGN CALLS UPON THE NATIONAL AND PROVINCIAL DEPARTMENTS OF HEALTH TO TURN THE TIDE ON THE CONTINUED NEGLECT OF RURAL MENTAL HEALTH PATIENTS On Mental Health Day, the Rural Mental Health Campaign (RMHC)[1] expresses its deep concern that once again we have a good plan, ...
Exploring Corruption in the South African Health Sector

Exploring Corruption in the South African Health Sector

ZAR 24,082 billion irregular expenditure by provincial health departments combined in the 4-year period 2009/10 to 2012/13.  In this recent publication in Health Policy and Planning (2015), Rispel et al conclude that corruption is a problem in the South African healthcare sector and influenced by “adverse agent selection, lack of mechanis ...
The Voice Project

The Voice Project

“There’s really no such thing as the ‘voiceless’. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.” Arundhati Roy, Author and human rights activist Summary The Voice Project aims to improve access to quality rural health care by increasing the number and quality of healthcare provider change agents. As part of this initiativ ...
Rural-Proofing the Department of Health “WISN” Staffing Norms

Rural-Proofing the Department of Health “WISN” Staffing Norms

There is rural context that is applicable to many of the steps in the Workload Indicator of Staffing Needs (WISN) process, the method used by the Department of Health to indicate the staffing needs at health facilities across the country. This context needs to be incorporated, whether by modifying existing steps or creating additional steps for ...
The Voice Project – Health Care Provider Poster

The Voice Project – Health Care Provider Poster

The next step in RHAP’s The Voice Project is the piloting of workshops on the basis of our draft manual “A HEALTHCARE PROVIDER’S GUIDE TO REPORTING HEALTHCARE CHALLENGES: PRINCIPLES, TOOLS & STRATEGIES”. Download the The Voice Project – HCP Poster here. So far we provided workshops in KZN, EC, at the Rural Health Con ...

Press Statement: The MTBPS reveals troubling times for rural health

Summary: On 22 October 2014 South Africa’s Finance Minister, Mr Nhlanhla Nene, delivered his first Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) at a sitting of Parliament. The MTBPS, also referred to as the mini budget, is important because it communicates the government’s economic context, medium-term fiscal policy objectives and spending prior ...

Press Statement: Rural awards acknowledge perseverance in rural health

The Pierre Jacques Rural Doctor of the Year award was presented to Dr. Jenny Nash at the 18th Rural Health conference that was held in Worcester, 21-24 September 2014. The Provincial Rural Doctor of the Year award went to Dr. Hans Hendriks from Ceres hospital. The first ever award for the rural therapist of the year was presented to Jabu Ndlovu ...