Author Archives: Rural Health Advocacy Project

It’s time we fix the way we fund health care

It’s time we fix the way we fund health care

A shortened version now online in Bhekisisa M&G Health: http://bhekisisa.org/article/2017-03-02-00-radical-transformation-begins-with-fixing-how-we-fund-healthcare-in-remote-areas Picture caption: Nurse accomodation at a deeply rural hospital faced with a staffing crisis in the Eastern Cape. Few healhcare workers agree to come and work here ...
RHAP Submission on the Draft Strategic Plan for HIV, TB and STIs 2017-2022

RHAP Submission on the Draft Strategic Plan for HIV, TB and STIs 2017-2022

In this submission to SANAC, we identify critical gaps in the draft NSP and its treatment of rural contexts and communities. While many of the interventions aimed at targeting key and vulnerable populations will undoubtedly benefit rural communities, it is important to understand rural contexts do differ from urban contexts in key ways. Rural f ...

Op-Ed: Life Esidimeni Tragedy not an Aberration

While fiscal consolidation and shrinking budgets are likely to stay with us for some time, policy makers need to consider the impact of austerity measures on the most vulnerable in our society, including people living with mental disorders. By Shannon Morgan, Mafoko Phomane, Dr Meba Kanda, Charlene Sunkel, Ingrid Daniels and Dr Richard Vergunst ...

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 ...