Rural Doctor of the Year 2022
Dr Pierre Jaques
The time has come to celebrate another unsung hero who makes a difference in a rural context. The Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa (RuDASA) inaugurated an annual award for the rural doctor of the year in 2002.
The award is presented to a rural doctor, working at the coal face, who is judged by the RuDASA Committee to have made a significant contribution towards rural health in the previous year. It is intended to be awarded to a practicing rural doctor rather than to someone who has made achievements in the academic arena. It is also awarded for a specific contribution within the previous year rather than for long service. The nature of the contribution is not defined given the great variety of work and activities of rural doctors.
Professional Association of Clinical Associates SAby Sulaiman Philip
Its a 140km round trip to the furthest of the five clinics in rural Eastern Capes Amahlathi Municipality for Dr Jennifer Nash. This years Rural Doctor of the Year uses the time to think, to relax, to chill. She sounds chipper as she talks: It's my alone time. I have 20 minutes of radio reception, and then its me and the beautiful scenery.
23 October 2014