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Urban-rural inequalities will hamper a successful NHI

April 10, 2019

Rural areas bear the brunt of healthcare worker shortages and this inequality needs to be solved, before any form of National Health Insurance (NHI) is possible.

Are workless doctors being ‘picky’?

January 21, 2019

After turning down placements at rural hospitals, hundreds of newly qualified doctors remain unemployed while the country’s rural state hospitals remain desperately understaffed because of a complex – yet fixable – situation. Health-e News’ Amy Green investigates whether these health professionals are being ‘picky’ and what possible solutions there are to this senseless situation.

Health staff shortages make NHI a ‘pipe dream’

December 12, 2018

Universal health coverage (UHC) or National Health Insurance (NHI) will remain a “pipe dream” if human resources for health, especially in rural areas, aren’t urgently addressed.

Rural filmmaker breaks infertility silence

November 28, 2018

Infertility is seldom talked about in rural communities but award-winning filmmaker Molatelo Maenetja has made a film, When Babies Don’t Come, to break the stigma surrounding the issue.

Beauty contest for disabled rural women a hit

October 18, 2018

LIMPOPO – As results of a huge number of participants and attendance drawn by a beauty contest staged to empower and uplift rural women living with various disabilities, the organisers have promised to make the contest an annual event.

Villagers get water after 20 dry years

August 30, 2018

After two decades, clean water will once again flow when Mgobodzi residents open their taps. Those residents in the village in the Nkomazi local municipality in Mpumalanga, who could afford to pay R15 for 25 litres of water had no choice but to share streams with animals.

Give us skills we can use – rural youth

August 24, 2018

The young people of Kwa Nkcele in Lusikisiki say they are tired of receiving certificates that are not worth the paper they’re written on. They say the skills the Eastern Cape Department of Social Development offer have no value because they don’t lead to jobs.