Previous Conferences

Previous Conferences

For RuDASA Rural Doctor Conferences up to 2016 Rural Doctors Conference


For Rural Health Conferences 2017 Onwards:

RHC2020 was cancelled because of the COVID-19 Pandemic

RHC2019 Port Shepstone KZN: Izwi lomphakathi wasemakhaya - The Rural Voice. See below for the conference summary 

RHC2018 Henley-on-Klip GP:  Building the Legacy of Rural Health: Leadership, Advocacy & Clinical Care  RHC2018 Conference Proceedings

RHC2017 Taung NW:  Exploring Innovative Solutions for Rural Health! RHC2017 Programme


RHC2019  Izwi lomphakathi wasemakhaya - The Rural Voice

The Rural Health Conference 2019 was a space where the voice around rural health was raised and amplified. Rural health – and rural people more generally – are underrepresented in the discourses and policy debates around how to achieve the goal of a long and healthy life for all. The Rural Health Conference provided a vibrant space for a  wide range of health care professionals, students, activists and community health workers to stimulate debate, explore innovative solutions and raise our voices!

Ukulalela izwi lethu - Hearing our voice : We had presentations from or about the community we serve so that we can contextualise their needs and develop service delivery and research practice for the future. Including the work of students, community workers, traditional and faith based healers, as well as the broader community. Our Voice includes a reflection on what we have been saying, why it is important and whether anyone has been listening to what we say; as well as voicing concerns we have about ethical rural practice.

Ukusebenza ngezwi lethu - Acting on our voice: There are many voices that guide the development of rural health services including government policy, rural advocates such as WONCA and RHAP, and WHO; but how is policy being translated into service delivery at the local level? We had best practice ideas for building young professionals so they can survive & thrive, building dialogue with local communities and their healers, and solutions for good practice despite poor resources, and best practice for influencing service development and good practice.

 RHC2019 proceedings      

 RHC 2019 Final Programme                                            


RHC2019 Keynote Speakers

Prof Francois Venter
Prof Francois Venter

Prof Francois Venter RuDASA Keynote Speaker: Francois is the Deputy Executive Director at Wits RHI. He has expertise in HIV programme implementation, including antiretroviral therapy, opportunistic infection prophylaxis, human resource allocation, data systems and service integration and leads multiple antiretroviral treatment optimisation studies. Francois has an active interest in public sector access to HIV services, medical ethics and human rights. He is an advisor to the South African government, Southern African HIV Clinicians Society (SAHCS) and WHO. In his spare time he likes to rock climb!



Bongi Zuma
Bongi Zuma

Bongi Zuma RuReSA Keynote Speaker: Bongi is from rural Estcourt, KZN and trained as a Community Rehabilitation Facilitator  at the Institute of Urban Primary Care (IUPHC) in 1997. Her work on human rights started in 2008. She has enabled mainstream NGOs in KZN to shift from CBR to disability-inclusive development, is the Chairperson of the Human Rights Committee in KZN and works on the Impendulo project  (access to justice in traditional courts for people with disability in rural areas) and the Khulumani Collective (land and health rights for marginalised groups) funded by the European Union, EIDHR.


Inkosi Muziwenhlanhla Ngcobo PACASA Keynote Speaker: is an executive member of ILembe Local House of Traditional Leaders and Chairperson of Nyuswa/Mlamula Development Trust. He is enrolled for PhD in Political Science at Western Cape University. His title of INkosi  has not stopped him from being a humble man of the people, passionate about community development the Nyuswa Council has facilitated for young boys and girls. He is a firm believer in the Zulu saying "inkunzi isematholeni" which can be loosely translated to mean that tomorrow's leaders are amongst today's youth.


Noxolisa Radebe RuNurSA Keynote Speaker: Mrs Noxolisa Gcina Radebe is with the KZN Department of Health as  Director Primary Health Care. She holds a degree in B.A. CUR, a Master’s in Advanced Community Health Nursing and a Master’s in Public Health. She started her career as a professional nurse at Edenvale hospital . Mrs Radebe spent time at Edendale Nursing College as a Primary Health Care Trainer. In 2003 she was appointed as a District Manager for Harry Gwala District. Then, in 2014, she joined the Provincial office as a Director Primary Health Care.


Sumaiyah Docrat & Donela Besada
Sumaiyah Docrat & Donela Besada

Sumaiyah Docrat & Donela Besada RMHC Keynote Speakers: Sumaiyah is a health economist and researcher at the Alan J. Fisher Centre for Public Mental Health. She is currently pursuing a PhD focusing on economic costs, impacts and financing strategies for mental health in South Africa. 

Donela is a senior scientist at the Health Systems Research Unit . She holds a masters in public health rom the University of Cape Town. Recent work is on the cost-effectiveness of decentralised MDR-TB care and the resource implications and health system benefits of the formalisation and scale up of the national CHW programme through an investment case.