Author Archives: Rural Health Advocacy Project

Rural-proofing the commuted overtime policy for medical practitioners.

The success of many of the new health initiatives underway, such as the NHI, PHC Re-Engineering and the new NSP for HIV, TB and STIs stand or fall with the availability of sufficient health care workers in rural areas. This is underlined by hte new HRH Strategy for South Africa, launched in October 2012. Burn-out and better working conditions i ...

Rural hospitals buckle as foreign docs delayed

Rural hospitals in South Africa are facing a serious doctor shortage in 2012 as a result of delays in registering foreign qualified doctors and the failure to place community service doctors in underserved hospitals. Many of the foreign qualified doctors who provide essential medical care in remote and rural parts of South Africa are from the D ...

The new NSP on HIV, STIs and TB 2012-2016 sets goals for rural health

In September RHAP and RuDASA made a submission to SANAC on the National Strategic Plan on HIV, STIs and TB, Draft Zero. The needs of rural communities were overlooked. We are therefore glad to announce that the final NSP, launched on World AIDS Day, explicitly identifies rural communities as a vulnerable group with rising HIV prevalence. Amongs ...

RHAP welcomes new HRH plan for South Africa

RHAP welcomes the new HRH Plan for South Africa which embraces many of the issues the RHAP and its partners have been advocating for. The new plan has a strategic priority area dedicated to Access in Rural and Remote Areas with a number of critical objectives, including:   Ensure that allocation of Community Service health professionals is ...

Foreign qualified doctor honoured with Rural Doctor of the Year 2011 Award

The winner of the prestigious Pierre Jacques Rural Doctor of the Year Award was announced at the Rural Health conference in the quaint village of Rhodes on 9 September 2011. This year it was awarded to Dr. KR Adigun from Bethal hospital in Mpumalanga Province.  Read the complete press release here. ...

Civil Society Organisations call for the state and unions to urgently finalise the minimum service level agreement for the Health Sector

We are a range of organisations who campaign for the right to health, and/or who provide health care services to poor people who depend on the public health sector. We fully support the efforts of the government to improve health care services. We also support unions and their members who are at the front line of health care provision, and who ...

Beyond the Strike

More is required to ensure rural patients will enjoy better and equitable access to health care Skilled and motivated health workers in sufficient numbers at the right place and at the right time are critical to deliver effective health services and improve health outcomes (WHO Guidelines). Fair pay is a critical pre-condition but by itself it ...

IST reports on the state of the health system and the public’s right to know

More than a year after their finalisation and after many frustrated attempts by civil society organisations and the media to access them – including through the Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 – SECTION27 and the Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP) have finally been leaked copies of all the provincial reports compiled by the Integ ...

Current OSD offer still disadvantages rural communities

The Rural Health Advocacy Project, Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa, SECTION27 and Wits Centre for Rural Health support SAMA’s rejection of the final OSD offer to public sector doctors. By accepting the Government’s OSD offer, collective labour in the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council will be contributing to a major set ...

Making expenditure control, equity and efficiency work for Rural Health

This is the first issue of Rural Health in Focus, which aims to draw systematic attention to the successes and challenges of rural health in order to improve national health outcomes. This issue focuses specifically on rural health financing, efficiency and equity. To fully appreciate the support rural health care needs in order to meet nationa ...