Author Archives: Rural Health Advocacy Project

The RHAP hosts its first bi-annual Rural-Proofing Stakeholder Forum.

On Thursday 4 July 2013, the RHAP held the first of its bi-annual Rural-Proofing Stakeholder Forum meetings. The purpose of this meeting was to: Provide a platform for stakeholders to share their experiences in health budgeting, expenditure and the provision of services in rural areas; Share the RHAP’s progress on the rural health financing asp ...

Rural Health Update no.1

The role of clinical associates in improving access to HR4RH. The Department of Health has identified a wide range of short, medium and long-term strategies that together need to ensure, “a workforce fit for purpose to meet South Africa’s health needs”1. The development and employment of new health cadres is part of the roadma ...

New Report: Patients still at risk in Eastern Cape HIV drugs stock-outs

The Chronic Crisis: Essential drug stock-outs risk unnecessary death and drug resistance in South Africa In this update on drug supply in the Eastern Cape and other provinces, Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP), Doctors Without Borders (MSF), the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and SECTION27 show that many thousands of patients on antiretrovi ...

Statement of Civil Society on corruption

Today, 17th April 2013, 39 civil society formations (see list below), represented by 62 representatives, convened at COSATU House to discuss a common approach to corruption. The meeting was necessitated by the fact that civil society is chairing the National Anti-Corruption Forum under the leadership of the COSATU General Secretary, Zwelinzima ...

Take care over the next hill

Published in the Mail and Guardian.  What, if anything, does the private healthcare sector have to offer the rural poor? By Daygan Eagar Perched on a hill overlooking the N2 on the outskirts of East London is a new private hospital managed by one of South Africa’s largest private healthcare groups. The hospital offers what it describes as ...

A case of sick clinical management at Mpumalanga’s Tintswalo Hospital

Published in the Daily Maverick Situated in the remote heartland of Mpumalanga, Tintswalo Hospital should be a facility that offers public healthcare to the community of Acornhoek, many of whom are marginalised. Instead, the clinical management itself is in a shambles, with good doctors leaving in droves and no new physicians for a facility tha ...

TAC Mpumalanga Pickets against Poor Management at Tintswalo Hospital

Yesterday members of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in Mpumalanga together with the community of Acornhoek picketed at the Tintswalo Hospital in Acornhoek at the Ehlanzeni Municipality. They picketed to voice their concerns about allegations of mismanagement against the hospital’s clinical manager, Dr. Thuketana. The Rural Health Adv ...

Economic policy: The poor still lose

Published in the Mail and Guardian in response to the Budget Speech  Rural areas have always been at the bottom of the list when it comes to healthcare and expenditure. By Daygan Eagar  Each year, at about this time, I start preparing to produce an analysis of the national budget and publish a statement on its implications for public health and ...