#MTBPS2018: Flattery to Deceive

#MTBPS2018: Flattery to Deceive

With elections looming in 2019, the MTBPS was always going to be a case of “flattering to deceive” with no concrete commitment to addressing the crisis in health, report RUSSELL RENSBURG and SAMANTHA KHAN-GILLMORE   Beyond a reflection of the financial performance of government and a summary of the prevailing economic conditions, the budge ...
Tips for Tito!

Tips for Tito!

by Russell Rensburg, Rural Health Advocacy Project As we move towards the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) with yet another Finance Minister, it is difficult not to get a sense of dejavu. Like Minister Gigaba, Minister Mboweni is facing a challenging balance between maintaining fiscal responsibility and repairing the damage inflicted ...
OHSC – need we help it to do more?

OHSC – need we help it to do more?

The Rural Health Advocacy Project’s Samantha Khan-Gillmore makes a impassioned plea for the Office of Health Standards Compliance to be capacitated to do more. In the early hours of the morning in January 2017, two young, energetic, men were involved in a serious collision and were immediately taken by ambulance to the nearest health facility f ...
Press release: Tower Hospital – Dr K Sukeri

Press release: Tower Hospital – Dr K Sukeri

MEDIA RELEASE DR K SUKERI – HEALTH OMBUDSMAN’S REPORT – TOWER HOSPITAL I am deeply disappointed and saddened by the Health Ombudsman’s decision to attack myprofessional integrity as opposed to focusing his attention on the issues raised. After careful consideration I have made the decision not to lodge an appeal, specifically inrelation to thos ...
Invitation to NHI Consultative Workshop in Nyandeni, EC – 6 September

Invitation to NHI Consultative Workshop in Nyandeni, EC – 6 September

RHAP is in the Eastern this week to host a consultative workshop on the NHI. Join us in the Nyandeni Sub-district and add your voice to the NHI Bill! The recent release of the National Health Insurance Bill presents a unique opportunity to transform rural health delivery. As such it requires current actors within the health system to reflect on ...
Civil Society groups voice concern over Health Ombud’s treatment of whistle-blower

Civil Society groups voice concern over Health Ombud’s treatment of whistle-blower

Statement Rosebank, Johannesburg                                                                           31 August 2018 The Rural Health Advocacy Project, the Treatment Action Campaign and SECTION27 are concerned that the focus of the Health Ombud’s report on the complainant, Dr Kiran Sukeri, will dissuade other health care professionals from ...
Access to Healthcare in Post Apartheid South Africa

Access to Healthcare in Post Apartheid South Africa

“Our multivariate analysis shows that despite government efforts to make health care more accessible by expanding the facility network and abolishing user fees, rural households and vulnerable subgroups such as black South Africans, the less educated, the unemployed and the poor tend to be less likely to have adequate access to health car ...
Contraceptive Shortages across South Africa

Contraceptive Shortages across South Africa

Reproductive Health Rights of Women in SA under Threat 24 July 2018 Reproductive health rights of women in South Africa under threat, as supply shortages leave health facilities across the country without supplies of contraceptives. Public sector supply shortages of contraceptives have been confirmed by the National Department of Health (NDOH) ...
Statement on the SAHRC/NMF Dialogue

Statement on the SAHRC/NMF Dialogue

Statement on the SAHRC and NMF Dialogue On 5 July 2018, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), together with the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) convened a national dialogue resulting in the Braamfontein Statement, on the impact of the protest and industrial action on the right to access health services in South Africa. This dialogu ...
NHI Bill – so near yet so far

NHI Bill – so near yet so far

By Russell Rensburg The release of the NHI Bill for public comment is a significant milestone in the transformation of the South African health sector. Since 1994, there have been a number of health sector reforms that have sought to unite a fragmented system. These included merging more that 10 “homeland” Ministries of Health as well as 14 dep ...