Author Archives: Rural Health Advocacy Project

My reflections as a nurse on community participation and capacity building

My reflections as a nurse on community participation and capacity building

By Lungi Gamede – Graduate Intern RHAP As a qualified professional nurse who has worked in public primary healthcare in a rural setting, I have come to realize how important the narratives of healthcare users are. Incorporating them into healthcare catalyzes a partnership between the healthcare provider and health user. It creates an envi ...
A Gendered Analysis of the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement 2019 with a Focus on Rural Health. RHAP Submission on MTBPS 2019

A Gendered Analysis of the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement 2019 with a Focus on Rural Health. RHAP Submission on MTBPS 2019

Read RHAP’s full submission on the 2019 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement here. Executive Summary An investment in health is an investment in people. Health is not just about treating disease. Good health is an enabler. Therefore, RHAP is particularly concerned that the revenue raising proposals in this year’s MTBPS and harsh aust ...

Much talked about NHI

Content hosted by iono.fm John Perlman on KHAYAFM had an in-depth look at the much talked about NHI. The conversation was probing the impact NHI will have on the working class and the most vulnerable members of society. Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize spoke to John in the first fifteen minutes of the show. Then the conversation continued in st ...
The power, the purse strings and the National Health Insurance

The power, the purse strings and the National Health Insurance

By Russell Rensburg. Published in the Mail and Guardian on 17 September 2019 The National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill proposes significant shifts in who controls our national and provincial health budgets. Will the draft legislation rob provinces of traditional control, or will it open up new, and more effective ways of making sure money goes w ...
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 ...