Since its inception in 2009, the RHAP has worked strategically with a number of partners around the right to rural health. RHAP is itself a consortium between RuDASA, WCRH and SECTION27. As there are a number of organisations in South Africa that focus specifically on access to health care in rural areas, it was decided it was necessary to strengthen the collaboration between the different organisations to achieve maximum impact from the drive, expertise and resources the organisations jointly possess.

Because human resources for health is a critical element in improving access to quality health care, one of our focus areas is to help expand and support the membership of the various rural health care worker associations . These associations can provide valuable support to their membership which in turn helps with recruitment and retention of critical personnel. In addition, we believe that it is the people on the ground who know best; they know what good practices need support and which challenges need local, provincial and national attention.

Roll Out of Vaccines To Rural Areas

RuDASA Press Statement 15 March 2021 RUDASA is concerned at the delay in developing a vaccine roll out plan to rural health services. Whilst understanding the logistical reasons for starting with the central hospitals, some rural district hospitals e.g. in eastern Eastern Cape, have had more COVID-19 patients than the urban areas, and there is ...
The World Health Assembly has declared 2020 as the international year of the nurse and midwife in order to highlight the vital roles that nurses and midwives play in the healthcare system and in transforming it. This year also marks the implementation of the new nursing curriculum in South Africa.

The World Health Assembly has declared 2020 as the international year of the nurse and midwife in order to highlight the vital roles that nurses and midwives play in the healthcare system and in transforming it. This year also marks the implementation of the new nursing curriculum in South Africa.

In light of this, RHAP hosted a nursing webinar in order to discuss the Future of Nursing in South Africa- exploring challenges, opportunities, and social accountability in nursing education. The coupled question was ‘ are nursing education reforms responsive to rural communities ‘? The webinar gave those who haven’t had the c ...

PRESS RELEASE: OXYGEN SUPPLIES VITAL FOR RURAL HOSPITALS COVID-19 RESPONSE

RuDASA Calls for Oxygen Therapy in District Hospitals Many patients with COVID-19 appear relatively alert and well until quite dangerously hypoxic (lacking in oxygen). Oxygen Therapy is vital to save the lives of these patients in rural hospitals, that are without ICU facilities, and have long transit times to tertiary hospitals. Some of our ru ...
The NHI Bill is open for Public Comment

The NHI Bill is open for Public Comment

The NHI Bill is an attempt to address the inequalities in accessing healthcare across South Africa.The release of the NHI Bill for public comment is a significant milestone in the transformation of the South African health sector.  If framed and implemented equitably and accessibly, the NHI could well be South Africa’s answer to the achievement ...
Public Oral Health Forum – a Game Changer for Rural Communities

Public Oral Health Forum – a Game Changer for Rural Communities

The Public Health Oral Forum is a critical think tank, advocacy and discussion platform that has been established by oral health care workers working for the South African government. Founded in February 2018, it seeks to unite oral health professions behind a call to advance the promotion and preservation of oral health worker rights and the c ...

Rural Health Organisations Launch the Rural Health Partners Network

Declaration Rural Health Partners Network – Rural Health – Key to a Healthy Nation On the 19th and 20th of June 2014, the following rural health organisations came together at the Sunnyside Hotel in Parktown, Johannesburg, to discuss principles and actions aimed at strengthening the existing network to achieve maximum impact for rural hea ...