Author Archives: Rural Health Advocacy Project

Life Esidimeni MD – ‘Doctors Failed to Speak Out’

Life Esidimeni MD – ‘Doctors Failed to Speak Out’

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/life-esidimeni-md-doctors-failed-to-speak-out-20171018 As the hurt, loss and suffering of #Esidimeni is now open for all to hear and see, we need a serious conversation as a country about healthcare worker rights and duties to speak out. Some did speak out, internally, and were ignored or silenced, others ...
Rural Learning Sites

Rural Learning Sites

RHAP’s rural learning approach is aimed to ensure that most deprived rural communities have equitable access to quality health care by promoting, protecting and fulfilling the right to health. The specific purpose is to strengthen government programming and accountability to the delivery of equitable and quality health care services to deprived ...

Causes, implications and possible responses to the implementation of staffing moratoria in the public health system in South Africa during times of budget austerity

The purpose of this working paper is to draw attention to the causes, consequences and possible responses to the implementation of moratoria on the filling of posts within the health system. Human resource moratoria, also referred to as the ‘freezing of posts’ has become an increasingly common occurrence within the public health system over the ...

Advocacy for Health: An educators guide to incorporating advocacy into the health sciences curriculum

Rural patients often bear the brunt of a vicious cycle.  Their local health systems need more resources and healthcare workers with inside knowledge to speak out about health care failures; but the shortages of health care workers make them feel vulnerable to speak out. Whilst healthcare workers can be agents of change, many lack the motivation ...

Why does a Rural Mental Health Campaign exist?*

The Rural Mental Health Campaign (RMHC) was started in 2014 by a group of organisations including RHAP who are advocates for rural health as well as mental health care services in South Africa. Today’s active members of the RMHC are RuRESA, the South African Mental Health Federation, RHAP, RuDASA, Cape Mental Health, PRIME and the Psychology De ...
RHAP Response to “MINISTERIAL TASK TEAM COMMITTEE REPORT INTO INVESTIGATION OF SERVICE DELIVERY IN SELECT HOSPITALS”

RHAP Response to “MINISTERIAL TASK TEAM COMMITTEE REPORT INTO INVESTIGATION OF SERVICE DELIVERY IN SELECT HOSPITALS”

On the 14TH September 2017, the Minister of Health Dr. Aaron Motswaledi released the findings of a ministerial task team that investigated the status of service delivery in public hospitals. The report, 170914MTT_Report_14_September_2017 (1) findings confirmed the dire state of provincial health financing, the inadequacy of current budgets to s ...
Advocacy in the Curriculum

Advocacy in the Curriculum

RHAP is making inroads into various universities with our ‘Advocacy in the Curriculum’ Programme. Download our manual Integrating Advocacy into the Curriculum Manual January 2017 and get in touch for more information! Email: Samantha@rhap.org.za UKZN Presentation on Decolonising the Curriculum: UKZN Decolonisation presentation SMU P ...
GUIDELINES TO FACILITIES AND DISTRICTS FOR USE OF THE NORTH WEST PROVINCE RECRUITMENT PRIORITISATION TOOL

GUIDELINES TO FACILITIES AND DISTRICTS FOR USE OF THE NORTH WEST PROVINCE RECRUITMENT PRIORITISATION TOOL

The following guidelines were developed in 2017 by RHAP in partnership with Africa Health Placements for North West Province and supported by the National Department of Health. They can be applied in any other province. See also: http://www.rhap.org.za/context-north-west-critical-health-posts-project/ Introduction Following national and provinc ...