Author Archives: Rural Health Advocacy Project

Nyandeni Imbizo Report

Nyandeni Imbizo Report

On the 15th of August 2017, the Rural Health Advocacy Project in partnership with the Canzibe Hospital Board held a Community Dialogue/Imbizo at the Canzibe Community Hall. Partner organisations that were present were TAC, One2One Enable Mothers, The Jabulani Foundation and RuDASA. The imbizo was attended by over 150 community members from Canz ...
RHAP Submission to Parliament #MTBPS2017

RHAP Submission to Parliament #MTBPS2017

Submission to the Standing Committee on Appropriations Re: Division of Revenue Adjustment Bill, MTBPS 2017 The Rural Health Advocacy Project wishes to make a submission on the MTBPS and its impact on health. This submission is structured as follows: First, we consider the current status of healthcare delivery in the public sector, secondly, we ...
The Next Generation of Health Care Worker – Clinical Associates

The Next Generation of Health Care Worker – Clinical Associates

Reflections from the rural Eastern Cape By: Sharon Gostino, RHAP intern During my training as a public health practitioner two years back we learnt about the role of various health cadres but little mention was made of the new health cadre of Clinical Associate that was introduced in South Africa in 2008. This was not by chance – in general lit ...
Personal Reflections on The Health System- Are we Doing Enough?

Personal Reflections on The Health System- Are we Doing Enough?

By: Samantha Khan-Gillmore October has been a disastrous month on all fronts. It will probably go down in the annals of history for many reasons. Durban had a devastating storm, displacing hundreds of families and wrecking damage to many properties. Another reshuffling of cabinet shocked the country in the space of six months. A review of the S ...
PRE-MTBPS STATEMENT: DEAR MINISTER OF FINANCE, WILL THE ONGOING BUDGET CRISIS IN HEALTH BE ADDRESSED OR DO WE NEED TO BRACE FOR FURTHER DECLINE?

PRE-MTBPS STATEMENT: DEAR MINISTER OF FINANCE, WILL THE ONGOING BUDGET CRISIS IN HEALTH BE ADDRESSED OR DO WE NEED TO BRACE FOR FURTHER DECLINE?

This week, Minister Malusi Gigaba will deliver his maiden Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) at National Parliament. The MTBPS is a crucial part of government’s budget cycle and provides an update on the government spending plans for the next three years. A lot has changed since February when the former minister Mr Pravin Gordhan table ...
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 ...
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 ...