Inspiring others towards rural health

  • The Rural Health Conference now has its own website!

    From now on, please visit for all conference information. Basic details remain as follows:

    Date: 6-9 August 2016 
    Venue: Fort England hospital in Grahamstown

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

    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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  • Rural Mental Health Campaign Report 
    The Rural Mental Health Campaign Report highlights the challenges that exist in rural mental health care through the testimonies of mental health care users in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and the North West. 
    The findings of the report reflect that rural mental health care services are still largely inadequate due to the lack of service availability and accessibility, budgetary constraints, drugs shortages, insufficient human resource capacity, a lack of integrated care, as well as stigma and discrimination.
  • 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. 
    The 2015 awards is sponsored by the Discovery Foundation
  • 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. While not privy to the full and specific details surrounding this incident, RuDASA acknowledges the necessity of a perimortem caesarian section in the event of maternal cardiac arrest as a legitimate emergency procedure that facilitates effective cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). In addition, accepted best practice necessitates this intervention to be performed within 4 minutes of cardiac arrest in order to reduce the chances of intrauterine asphyxia (lack of oxygen) to the foetus. 

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About RuDASA

The Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa (RuDASA) strives inspire others towards rural healthcare in South Africa. Our aim is to support and empower those committed to making health care available to all South Africans. .

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