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 ...
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) ...
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 ...
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 ...
Health crisis looms in the North West

Health crisis looms in the North West

At the centre of the crisis is the relationship breakdown between the province’s political leadership and members of the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu), whose go-slow at the provincial medicines depot has stopped drugs leaving or entering the facility. Nehawu says the protest action will continue until their demand ...
Towards Substantial Reform for Rural Health: In anticipation of the 2018 Budget Speech

Towards Substantial Reform for Rural Health: In anticipation of the 2018 Budget Speech

By Russell Rensburg, RHAP Programme Manager: Health Systems and Policy In his inaugural state of the nation address, President Ramaphosa outlined a broad set of initiatives that focussed primarily on addressing the lapses in trust between the government and the people. The focus was on improving the credibility of the state and more specificall ...

Report of the Standing Committee on Appropriations on the 2017 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement, dated 29 November 2017

RHAP was one of the stakeholders invited to present to this committee on 25 October 2017. Russell Rensburg, RHAP’s Health System and Policy Manager represented RHAP at this meeting. The Minister of Finance tabled the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) on 25 October 2017 as required by section 6 (1) of the Money Bills Amendment Pr ...
PRE-MTBPS STATEMENT: DEAR MINISTER OF FINANCE, WILL THE ONGOING BUDGET CRISIS IN HEALTH BE ADDRESSED OR DO WE NEED TO BRACE FOR FURTHER DECLINE?

PRE-MTBPS STATEMENT: DEAR MINISTER OF FINANCE, WILL THE ONGOING BUDGET CRISIS IN HEALTH BE ADDRESSED OR DO WE NEED TO BRACE FOR FURTHER DECLINE?

This week, Minister Malusi Gigaba will deliver his maiden Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) at National Parliament. The MTBPS is a crucial part of government’s budget cycle and provides an update on the government spending plans for the next three years. A lot has changed since February when the former minister Mr Pravin Gordhan table ...