Goal 1: Policy

New and existing policies are rural-friendly

Good quality and comprehensive health care for rural communities starts with the design of policies that are appropriate for the rural health care context. The rural health care context often implies “doing more with less”; it is most often a context of high levels of poverty and ill-health, without ready access to specialists, intensive and/or high technology care, and where resources, both human and material, are lacking. From a patient perspective, it also means rural communities often spend disproportionate amounts of time and money trying to access the health care and treatment that they require.

General health policies, or policies designed with more resourced urban settings in mind, are seldom automatically implementable in rural areas. There is thus a need to take the rural context into account at all stages of policy development. This process of inclusion of the rural context is popularly reffered to as ‘rural-proofing’.

Under this strategic objective, the RHAP advocates for rural-friendly policies; this implies analysing existing and new general health policies through a rural lens, as well as advocating for specific rural health policies. The end goal is to ensure that existing and new legislation, strategies and frameworks will advance the equitable access of rural communities to comprehensive, high quality health care that meets their health needs.

Rural Health Resource Mapping Guide – Who Cares?

Rural Health Resource Mapping Guide – Who Cares?

We hope you! This guide, the RHAP Rural Health Resource Mapping Guide, a culmination of three years of research and stakeholder engagement, was developed for all policymakers, advocates, managers and stakeholders wishing to develop and influence policies, budgets and implementation plans that protect, promote and advance access to quality healt ...
New Strategic Framework: 2017-2021

New Strategic Framework: 2017-2021

After a consultative process that included stakeholder consultations, internal and external evaluations, the RHAP Board has adopted the 5 year strategic framework for the period 2017-2021.  Vision: Rural Communities Accessing Equitable and Quality Health Care Mission: Promoting, Protecting and Realising the Right to Rural Health Care by Connect ...
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 ...
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 ...
Achieving Universal Health Coverage

Achieving Universal Health Coverage

In this WHO publication, Prof Wong argues that the real challenge in achieving Universal Health Coverage is the delivery of services to those who are hardest to reach. “Without a focus on reach, resources will be wasted and the number of preventable and treatable illnesses will remain high.”  Unpacking the example of Brazil’s ...

NHI White Paper Submission by Rural Partners Network: “THINK RURAL”!

The South African government is currently embarking on one of its most ambitious transformation projects of the last 20 years. The introduction of the National Health Insurance (NHI) has the potential to fundamentally shift how the provision of health care is funded, how the system is structured and how services are accessed. The NHI could, if ...
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 ...
A profession in peril? Revitalising nursing in South Africa

A profession in peril? Revitalising nursing in South Africa

Rispel and Bruce provide an analytical perspective on nurses and nursing in South Africa in this chapter in the 2014/15 South African Health Review. They also discuss critical issues to be addressed by health policy-makers and practitioners in order to revitalise the profession. ...
Know the Facts! Rural Health Factsheet 2015

Know the Facts! Rural Health Factsheet 2015

The new rural health fact sheet is out! All you need to know about rural health in one document. Contact RHAP to propose additions for the 2016 version. RHAP Rural Health Fact Sheet 2015 web ...