Key partners

RuDASA has built partnerships with a variety of organisations. Key partnerships include:

The Rural Health Advocacy Project:

The Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP) is a partnership initiative between the Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa (RuDASA), the Wits Centre for Rural Health (WCRH) and Section27, incorporating the AIDS Law Project. RHAP’s work revolves around the constitutional right of rural and remote communities to have equitable access to comprehensive, quality health care. The RHAP aims to facilitate self-advocacy, generate debate, monitor implementation of health policies in rural areas, and influence pro-equity decision-making that is in tune with local rural realities. Since the RHAP was established in September 2009, the project started a number of advocacy strategies in partnership with various stakeholders. These include advocacy for rural health workforce recruitment and retention; documenting and reporting health system challenges in rural areas, such as drug-stock outs and moratoria on the filling of posts; and facilitating a consensus building process of rural health care challenges and priorities among a panel of rural health care experts. RHAP’s overall purpose is to advocate for improved health care in and for rural communities. Central to quality rural health care is the primary health care (PHC) approach and the district health system. RHAP moderates the RuDASA Forum mailing-list. RuDASA members may also contact RHAP directly to discuss particular issues affecting rural health care in their areas.


Africa Health Placements (AHP) is human resources solutions and services NGO whose work has been changing the face of public health in southern Africa, creating completely new outcomes for healthcare facilities that might otherwise be defunct by now. The organisation values results and their culture is strictly focused on delivery.


  • Staffing: Recruitment and registration of local and international health workers and managers to work in permanent or volunteer posts in government and NGO facilities.
  • Workforce Support: Orientation and ongoing support for public sector health workers, with a focus on rural areas.
  • Consulting and Advocacy: Helping governments, regulatory bodies and civil society institutions to make themselves competitive in attracting scarce and mobile health worker and manager resources.
  • Strategic Information: Extensive ongoing monitoring and evaluation, as well as focussed research.

Rural Rehab South Africa:

RuReSA is a network of rehabilitation professionals who are passionate about supporting and developing rural services. Members have the chance to input on policy and best practice models, give and receive personal and professional support, work with universities to promote rural-friendly curricula and encourage students to go rural. 

Professional Association of Clinical Associates SA:

Clinical Associates are a new category of health care professionals who will help in the improvement of the health care system and well-being of communities in South Africa. This profession was introduced as one of the government’s strategy to achieve its solution in strengthening health care in South Africa.

PACASA was formed to make sure voices of Clinical Associates are heard. The Association was formally formed on the 10th April at the University of Pretoria where Provincial representatives met together with the Twinning Centre and representatives from various universities.

Stock-Out Project:

Stop Stock-Outs is an initiative launched by MSF, the RHAP, RuDASA, SA HIV Clinician’s Society, SECTION27 and the TAC. The objective is to assist the thousands of health care users whose lives remain threatened by essential medication stock outs.

The project crowdsources stock out reports from patients, healthcare workers and sentinel surveyors, mapping the reported cases and tracking specific issues. All reports are escalated through the supply chain and resolution sought through the direct engagement of civil society with accountable government individuals and entities.

Section 27:

SECTION27 is a public interest law centre that seeks to influence, develop and use the law to protect, promote and advance human rights.

Their activities include research, advocacy and legal action to change the socio-economic conditions that undermine human dignity and development, prevent poor people from reaching their full potential and lead to the spread of diseases that have a disproportionate impact on vulnerable and marginalised people.

South Africa HIV Clinicians Society:

The Southern African HIV Clinicians Society is a membership organisation of over 3 000 health care workers with an interest in HIV. The Society’s mission is to promote evidence-based, quality HIV healthcare in Southern Africa.

The Society’s membership includes doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals working in the field of HIV. Members of the Society are amongst the most respected and influential HIV clinicians and policy makers within Southern Africa and hold prestigious positions within academic, public and private organizations in the field of HIV in the region..

Eastern Cape Non-Governmental Coalition:

The Eastern Cape Non-Governmental Coalition (ECNGOC) was established in 1995 as a collective of non-governmental, faith and community based organizations, in the Eastern Cape, committed to changing conditions for the worst affected in South Africa. The ECNGOC is recognised as the most representative structure of the development sector in the Eastern Cape Province. It plays a significant advocacy role in many consultative stakeholder forums and government-led development structures and processes.

Key tertiary institutions:

RuDASA also works in partnership with Rural Health Centres in key universities in South Africa. These include:

  • University of Stellenbosch - the Ukwanda Centre for Rural Health, which coordinates and supports training and research initiatives in rural and underserved communities.
  • University of the Witwatersrand - the Wits Centre for Rural Health focuses on Nurturing rural students, Undergraduate Education, Postgraduate Education and Training, Development of primary health care, Research, Contribution to policy and the Clinical Associates programme
  • University of Kwazulu-Natal - the UKZN Centre for Rural Health works to improve the health of rural communities through research, capacity building and advocacy.
  • University of Cape Town - the Rural Health Support Network aims to recruit and retain healthcare workers in rural communities, both by recruiting students from rural communities and by also arranging placements of UCT health science students in rural health facilities to promote their interest in rural healthcare.

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