The theme of the PHASA conference ‘dignity, rights and quality: towards a healthcare revolution’ is well positioned in the global agenda. In June 2014, the University of Stellenbosch experienced the untimely death of the Rector of our university, Russell H. Botman. The theme of this paper is the legacy of Prof Botman. At the time of his appointment in 2007, he challenged the university community to answer the following two questions: How do we link academic/research expertise and excellence to the international development goals?; How can we provide scientific solutions to tough societal challenges? In this light, the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences started the Ukwanda initiative, specifically the Ukwanda Rural Clinical School.
The 2014 conference will take place from 21-24 September, in the Western Cape town of Worcester. The theme for this year’s conference is: “Building resilience in facing rural health realities”.
While working in rural settings—where the beauty of the landscape is matched by the warmth and humility of its people—is certainly rewarding, I am presented with constant reminders of how far we still have to go to ensure that all people, regardless of the personal circumstance or where they live, have access to the kind of healthcare that our constitution demands.
For co-ordinating the Integrated Primary Care block for final year students and participate in the activities of the Division of Rural Health
at Wits University.
To assist with undergraduate teaching and support research activities within the Department at Wits University.
RuDASA is hosting its 2011 conference titled ‘Making Primary Health Care Better’, from 8-10 September 2011 in the village of Rhodes, Eastern Cape.
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