Press Statement: Call for improved cellular network coverage over rural health facilities

Johannesburg, 13 November 2015

The Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa (RuDASA) would like to call on South African cellular network providers to prioritise the improvement of coverage at rural health facilities.

Although access to mobile telephones have helped those of us living and working in rural areas circumvent many of the challenges posed by the lack of communications and transport infrastructure, health care workers (HCWs) still find themselves in difficult situations when cellular network coverage is weak to non-existent over health facilities. The current situation for many rural HCWs is frustrating at best and at worst, life-threatening for patients. Over the past decade, mobile telephones have replaced the need for doctors to carry bleepers as hospital speed dials are now linked to personal numbers. Many regional emergency services make use of mobile telephone ‘hotlines’, and when an ambulance or hospital is out of network coverage it has huge implications for response times and indirectly impacts on patient survival and morbidity.

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Press Statement: RuDASA supports #FeesMustFall

Johannesburg, 23 October 2015

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. 

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Press Statement: 2015 Rural Awards acknowledge achievements in rural health

Johannesburg, 5 October 2015 

Over the heritage day weekend this year, the Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa, Rural Rehab South Africa and the Professional Association of Clinical Associates met in Dullstroom, Mpumalanga, for the annual Rural Health Conference and AGMs. One of the highlights of the conference is the Pierre Jacques award for Rural Doctor of the Year and the RuReSA Lifetime achievement award. 

This year the Rural Doctor of the Year award was presented to Dr Ndiviwe Mphothulo from Taung District in North West Province. Dr Mphothulo’s dedicated work in the service of TB patients and the fight against TB in Taung district is truly outstanding.

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Press Statement: Support for healthcare workers working in precarious situations is needed not vilification

Johannesburg, 23 July 2015

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 mother and baby who died. We hope, however, that a small measure of comfort can be gained from a proper understanding of the facts surrounding the healthcare that was provided, and the reasons for which the caesarian section was performed in such unusual circumstances.    

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