NHI White Paper

NHI White Paper

The NHI White Paper has finally been released! RHAP will study this critical initiative towards greater equity thoroughly and prepare for our submission. RHAP is in full support of the purpose of the NHI, namely to “to ensure that affordable and equitable medical care is available to everyone in South Africa and not just to citizens who c ...
Developing an approach to accounting for need in resource allocations between urban and rural district hospitals in South Africa

Developing an approach to accounting for need in resource allocations between urban and rural district hospitals in South Africa

In this SAHR chapter Eagar, Cooke, Levin and Wolmarans developed an tested an approach to the creation of a rural index that explicitly accounts for differences in rural and urban contexts with regards to healthcare need and the demographic, geographic and socio-economic factors that play a role in determining relative resource needs. The appro ...
Rural Health Update # 3: Rural-Proofing Health Care Financing in SA

Rural Health Update # 3: Rural-Proofing Health Care Financing in SA

The transformation of the health sector can only truly improve access to historically neglected rural communities if persistent structural inequities are addressed. These inequities relate to the distribution of financial, human and material resources. This third issue of Rural Health Update deals with inequities in the allocation of financial ...
Press Release: The RHAP calls for the protection of critical health services whilst the North West Department of Health is put under administration

Press Release: The RHAP calls for the protection of critical health services whilst the North West Department of Health is put under administration

Chronically underserved rural populations will bear the brunt as a result of embargoes on hiring staff, maintaining infrastructure and upgrading equipment At the beginning of the 2015/16 financial year the North West Provincial Government placed the provincial department of health, along with other key service departments such as public works a ...
Press Statement Budget Speech 2015: The Rural Health Advocacy Project calls for a reversal of austerity measures that only deepen existing inequities in health care for rural people.

Press Statement Budget Speech 2015: The Rural Health Advocacy Project calls for a reversal of austerity measures that only deepen existing inequities in health care for rural people.

24 February 2015 Tomorrow (25 February 2015), Minister Nhanhla Nene will table the 2015/16 budget and give his first budget speech as the Minister of Finance. The budget he presents is widely expected to be one that continues and even deepens austerity measures aimed at cutting expenditure with a view to reducing the budget deficit. The RHAP ma ...
RHAP Launches the Rural-Proofing Health Guidelines

RHAP Launches the Rural-Proofing Health Guidelines

“No plan must be passed or approved without the rural-proofing box being ticked.” Dr Andrew Robinson, North West Department of Health On the 29th of January the RHAP launched the Rural Proofing Guidelines in Parktown, Johannesburg. The event was attended by National, Provincial and District Department of Health officials, National T ...
Budget Justice and NHI

Budget Justice and NHI

In the preface of the publication AIDC Budget Justice_November 2014, launched on the 25th of November, Dick Forslund rightfully argues that “Budget justice is inherently a political process. This booklet seeks to raise a fundamental starting point of engaging with public budgets. Progressive civil society must unite specific budget object ...

Press Statement: The MTBPS reveals troubling times for rural health

Summary: On 22 October 2014 South Africa’s Finance Minister, Mr Nhlanhla Nene, delivered his first Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) at a sitting of Parliament. The MTBPS, also referred to as the mini budget, is important because it communicates the government’s economic context, medium-term fiscal policy objectives and spending prior ...