Monthly Archives: August 2012

NHI Challenges for Rural Health

RHAP supports the principles on which the proposed NHI is based: equal care for equal needs. The ability to receive quality health care should not depend on your ability to pay, nor where you live. Making sure that the NHI promise of “health for all” will be realised for rural communities is not an easy task though. Access to human ...

SECTION27 statement.

The Financial Crisis in the Eastern Cape Department of Health Threatens the Collapse of Health Services, the loss of doctors and a loss of life – National Government has a Duty to Intervene Urgently Over the last two weeks SECTION27 together with our partners the Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP), TAC, Africa Health Placements (AHP), Rural R ...

South African Health Review launched with two publications on rural health by RHAP, Wits and UKZN Centres for Rural Health

On Thursday the 23rd February, the Health Systems Trust launched the 15th edition of its prestiguous South African Health Review. The 2011 review “provides valuable policy and empirical information on a range of issues that are related to and impact on the Negotiated Service Delivery Agreement and primary health care re-engineering as env ...

Rural-proofing the commuted overtime policy for medical practitioners.

The success of many of the new health initiatives underway, such as the NHI, PHC Re-Engineering and the new NSP for HIV, TB and STIs stand or fall with the availability of sufficient health care workers in rural areas. This is underlined by hte new HRH Strategy for South Africa, launched in October 2012. Burn-out and better working conditions i ...

Rural hospitals buckle as foreign docs delayed

Rural hospitals in South Africa are facing a serious doctor shortage in 2012 as a result of delays in registering foreign qualified doctors and the failure to place community service doctors in underserved hospitals. Many of the foreign qualified doctors who provide essential medical care in remote and rural parts of South Africa are from the D ...

The new NSP on HIV, STIs and TB 2012-2016 sets goals for rural health

In September RHAP and RuDASA made a submission to SANAC on the National Strategic Plan on HIV, STIs and TB, Draft Zero. The needs of rural communities were overlooked. We are therefore glad to announce that the final NSP, launched on World AIDS Day, explicitly identifies rural communities as a vulnerable group with rising HIV prevalence. Amongs ...

RHAP welcomes new HRH plan for South Africa

RHAP welcomes the new HRH Plan for South Africa which embraces many of the issues the RHAP and its partners have been advocating for. The new plan has a strategic priority area dedicated to Access in Rural and Remote Areas with a number of critical objectives, including:   Ensure that allocation of Community Service health professionals is ...