Author Archives: Rural Health Advocacy Project

Roll Out of Vaccines To Rural Areas

RuDASA Press Statement 15 March 2021 RUDASA is concerned at the delay in developing a vaccine roll out plan to rural health services. Whilst understanding the logistical reasons for starting with the central hospitals, some rural district hospitals e.g. in eastern Eastern Cape, have had more COVID-19 patients than the urban areas, and there is ...
The World Health Assembly has declared 2020 as the international year of the nurse and midwife in order to highlight the vital roles that nurses and midwives play in the healthcare system and in transforming it. This year also marks the implementation of the new nursing curriculum in South Africa.

The World Health Assembly has declared 2020 as the international year of the nurse and midwife in order to highlight the vital roles that nurses and midwives play in the healthcare system and in transforming it. This year also marks the implementation of the new nursing curriculum in South Africa.

In light of this, RHAP hosted a nursing webinar in order to discuss the Future of Nursing in South Africa- exploring challenges, opportunities, and social accountability in nursing education. The coupled question was ‘ are nursing education reforms responsive to rural communities ‘? The webinar gave those who haven’t had the c ...

PRESS RELEASE: OXYGEN SUPPLIES VITAL FOR RURAL HOSPITALS COVID-19 RESPONSE

RuDASA Calls for Oxygen Therapy in District Hospitals Many patients with COVID-19 appear relatively alert and well until quite dangerously hypoxic (lacking in oxygen). Oxygen Therapy is vital to save the lives of these patients in rural hospitals, that are without ICU facilities, and have long transit times to tertiary hospitals. Some of our ru ...
Nursing today in South Africa

Nursing today in South Africa

By Lungile Gamede – RHAP Graduate Intern According to the World Health Organisation, a well-functioning healthcare system is defined as one that  “responds in a balanced way to a population’s needs and expectations by; improving the health status of individuals, families, and communities; defending the population against what threatens it ...

RHAP Newsletter: COVID-19 AND RURAL HEALTH “Rural-proofing the Response”

Rural Health Update A word from our director, Russell Rensburg We are nearing the end of the third week in lockdown and RHAP has been hard at work from our various homes to support the collective response to COVID-191 in South Africa. As a rural health hub, RHAP remains focused on its core competencies: rural-proofing the COVID-19 res ...

Scientific Fact or Fake News in the era of the COVID pandemic

The COVID19 pandemic has brought about a paradigm shift in how we think about information. For the first time in recent history you can be arrested for creating or spreading fake news. Read this very informative blog by rural doctor Dr Madeleine Muller, from Eastern Cape. ...

Influential coalition urges President Ramaphosa to increase child support grants

As a member of this coalition, RHAP cannot emphasize enough the urgency of this intervention. ” We, a group of concerned academics, civil society leaders and other development partners, appeal to you to consider our call for an urgent increase to the value of the Child Support Grant (CSG) by R500 for a period of six months. This measure i ...