Author Archives: Rural Health Advocacy Project

Press Statement: South Africa’s fiscal austerity potentially an opportunity to remedy neglected rural healthcare

Press Statement: South Africa’s fiscal austerity potentially an opportunity to remedy neglected rural healthcare

National Health Insurance (NHI) introduction must be the start of radical review South Africa is in a daunting phase of fiscal austerity which began globally in 2008 and will prevail in the short and medium term, but the situation presents an ideal opportunity for the country to reorganise its skewed healthcare provision to make it more equitab ...
RHAP’s NHI Submission 2018/19

RHAP’s NHI Submission 2018/19

The relationship between poverty, healthcare and poor health outcomes has been well established; not only do poor people experience higher burdens of disease because of various social determinants, they also have less access to care. Globally, research continues to show that this is particularly acute for rural populations. These populations te ...
Confronting the Right to Ethical and Accountable Quality Healthcare in South Africa: Lancet National Commission Consensus Report

Confronting the Right to Ethical and Accountable Quality Healthcare in South Africa: Lancet National Commission Consensus Report

RHAP’s new Director Russell Rensburg was one of the Commissioner’s of this high-level commission looking into the state of quality healthcare in South Africa. Introduction South Africa has made great strides since the end of apartheid in 1994 in improving overall population health and well-being, reflected in increased life expectan ...
Nyandeni Situational Analysis Report

Nyandeni Situational Analysis Report

  In 2017 RHAP began working in the Nyandeni sub-district, one of 4 sub-districts in the OR Tambo Health District in the Eastern Cape Province. Staff from Canzibe District Hospital reached out to RHAP to help raise awareness of an anticipated critical shortage of medical officers; RHAP, Canzibe Hospital and local stakeholders jointly advoc ...
Tips for Whistleblowers

Tips for Whistleblowers

In broken healthcare systems, whistleblowing becomes an integral part of reporting on failures to deliver to the needs of the sick and vulnerable. Marije Versteeg-Mojanaga, the head of the Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP), shares some simple tips on whistleblowing for healthcare workers working in the South African public health sector. Wat ...
#MTBPS2018: Flattery to Deceive

#MTBPS2018: Flattery to Deceive

With elections looming in 2019, the MTBPS was always going to be a case of “flattering to deceive” with no concrete commitment to addressing the crisis in health, report RUSSELL RENSBURG and SAMANTHA KHAN-GILLMORE   Beyond a reflection of the financial performance of government and a summary of the prevailing economic conditions, the budge ...
Tips for Tito!

Tips for Tito!

by Russell Rensburg, Rural Health Advocacy Project As we move towards the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) with yet another Finance Minister, it is difficult not to get a sense of dejavu. Like Minister Gigaba, Minister Mboweni is facing a challenging balance between maintaining fiscal responsibility and repairing the damage inflicted ...
OHSC – need we help it to do more?

OHSC – need we help it to do more?

The Rural Health Advocacy Project’s Samantha Khan-Gillmore makes a impassioned plea for the Office of Health Standards Compliance to be capacitated to do more. In the early hours of the morning in January 2017, two young, energetic, men were involved in a serious collision and were immediately taken by ambulance to the nearest health facility f ...