Author Archives: Rural Health Advocacy Project

Press statement: Immediate action required.

Immediate action required to solve the systemic crisis at Mthatha Medical Depot and to save patients’ lives. Issued by: The BEMF, RHAP, TAC, RuDASA, Southern African HIV Clinicians Society and MSF. Date: 28 November 2012 The Budget Expenditure Monitoring Forum (BEMF), the Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP), the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) ...

RHAP Launches New Project: Rural Proofing Policy and Budgeting Programme

On Tuesday the 20th November, the RHAP will hold its first Working Group Meeting of the Rural-Proofing and Budgeting Programme. This new project aims to advocate for improved access to quality health care services in rural South Africa through more equitable and effective planning and financing of rural health services. Programme objectives are ...

RHAP a TOP 5 Finalist for the One Africa Award

“While its offices may be in downtown Johannesburg, RHAP works for the rights of South Africa’s rural citizens to access affordable, quality healthcare in their home districts. In its short existence, RHAP has become the de facto source for the most innovative policies and practices to improve rural healthcare and while at it, has g ...

RHAP receives the Wits Team Academic Citizenship Award 2012.

On the 20th of October, the RHAP was jointly awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Academic Citizenship Team Award for 2012. Academic citizenship refers to an individual or team’s cooperative involvement in the community of their Faculty, the University, the wider national community, and the international community of scholars, in deliverin ...

Rural Doctor of the Year 2012

This year’s award was made to a doctor whose patients voted with their feet. He turned an under-performing hospital into a centre of choice. Dr Kelly Gate, from Bethesda hospital in Kwazulu-Natal, was awarded the prestigious Pierre Jacques Rural Doctor of the Year Award at the PHASA/RuDASA conference in Bloemfontein on 6 September 2012. Downloa ...

NHI Challenges for Rural Health

RHAP supports the principles on which the proposed NHI is based: equal care for equal needs. The ability to receive quality health care should not depend on your ability to pay, nor where you live. Making sure that the NHI promise of “health for all” will be realised for rural communities is not an easy task though. Access to human ...

SECTION27 statement.

The Financial Crisis in the Eastern Cape Department of Health Threatens the Collapse of Health Services, the loss of doctors and a loss of life – National Government has a Duty to Intervene Urgently Over the last two weeks SECTION27 together with our partners the Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP), TAC, Africa Health Placements (AHP), Rural R ...

South African Health Review launched with two publications on rural health by RHAP, Wits and UKZN Centres for Rural Health

On Thursday the 23rd February, the Health Systems Trust launched the 15th edition of its prestiguous South African Health Review. The 2011 review “provides valuable policy and empirical information on a range of issues that are related to and impact on the Negotiated Service Delivery Agreement and primary health care re-engineering as env ...

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 ...