The Rural Health Advocacy Project was established in 2009 as a partnership initiative between the Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa (RuDASA), the Wits Centre for Rural Health (WCRH) and SECTION27. Our work revolves around the constitutional right of rural and remote communities to have equitable access to comprehensive, quality health care. Informed by the voices of rural health care workers and communities on the ground, the RHAP aims to facilitate self-advocacy, generate debate, monitor implementation of health policies in rural areas, support pro-equity government interventions, and influence decision-making that is in tune with local rural realities.
Central to our work is the Primary Health Care approach and the District Health System.
In order to achieve our goals, the RHAP facilitates the building of a strong, goal-focussed advocacy platform for rural health based on research based evidence, civil society alliance building and effective engagement with policy makers.