Author Archives: Rural Health Advocacy Project

Austerity measures may leave SA’s next generation of health workers unemployed

Austerity measures may leave SA’s next generation of health workers unemployed 16 Jan 2017 00:00 By: Joan van Dyk Original source: http://bhekisisa.org/article/2017-01-16-00-austerity-measures-may-leave-sas-next-generation-of-health-workers-unemployed Some pharmacists will be doing their community service at private pharmacies amid a shor ...
307 interns are still without an offer of employment for 2017 due to budget cuts

307 interns are still without an offer of employment for 2017 due to budget cuts

The RHAP is very concerned but not surprised about the news that broke this morning that 307 interns are still without an offer of employment for 2017 due to budget cuts (point 8 below). While the memo below refers to the education crisis as the main reason for the budget cut (point 9), this is symptomatic for a broader problem: the overall und ...
MTBPS 2016: The Rural Health Advocacy Project warns against further health service cuts to those most in need following continued fiscal consolidation

MTBPS 2016: The Rural Health Advocacy Project warns against further health service cuts to those most in need following continued fiscal consolidation

Rural Health Advocacy Project Press Statement MTBPS 2016: The Rural Health Advocacy Project warns against further health service cuts to those most in need following continued fiscal consolidation 27 October 2016 Following the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) by Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, on 26 October 2016, we reflect in t ...
RHAP presents on “protection of critical health posts” at North West Province Health and Treasury Roundtable

RHAP presents on “protection of critical health posts” at North West Province Health and Treasury Roundtable

On 6 September the RHAP participated and presented at a provincial roundtable in Orkney, North West Province, on the recruitment and retention of health care workers in rural areas, with a focus on the protection of critical health posts in a context of budgetary constraints. The guidelines well well received by over 40 delegates from health an ...

What is a sustainable remote health workforce? People, practice and place

New publication in Remote and Rural Health, 2016, by LL Onis. Introduction: In rural and remote regions, access to healthcare services is reliant on the availability of a competent workforce. The global challenge for the attraction and retention of health professionals in rural and remote regions is exacerbated by inconsistent management practi ...

RHAP Governance Manual

RHAP reports into Wits University through the Wits Centre for Rural Health, which functions as a department of the University reporting to the Head of the School of Clinical Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences. RHAP has its own offices and staff complement and strategic direction is provided by the Board. This manual explains RHAP’ ...

Mental health nurses in South Africa’s public rural primary care settings: a human resource crisis

In this recently published research in the Rural and Remote Health Journal, De Kock and Pillay report a “a distressing shortage of Mental Health Nurses (MHNs) in South Africa’s rural public areas. Only 62 (38.7%) of the 160 facilities employ MHNs, a total of 116 MHNs. These MHNs serve an estimated population of more than 17 million people ...
Achieving Universal Health Coverage

Achieving Universal Health Coverage

In this WHO publication, Prof Wong argues that the real challenge in achieving Universal Health Coverage is the delivery of services to those who are hardest to reach. “Without a focus on reach, resources will be wasted and the number of preventable and treatable illnesses will remain high.”  Unpacking the example of Brazil’s ...