Goal 4: Implementation

Policies are implemented in effective and efficient rural health care systems

While rural-friendly policies and adequate budget allocation are the first steps towards improved rural health care, they can only make an impact when implemented in effective and efficient health systems. Amongst other things, this requires good leadership and active citizenship, with communities that are conscious of their health rights and that hold government accountable.

Under this objective we aim to monitor the implementation of health policies and the overall effectiveness of the health system in rural areas. Capturing the voices of communities and health care workers and joining efforts is part and parcel of this approach. This is realised by the building of partnerships, documentation of challenges and good practices, promoting and enabling self-advocacy and creating awareness of our findings amongst government and stakeholders.

Note: While HR4RH and Rural Financing have both a policy and implementation dimension, the RHAP feels they deserve to be focus areas on their own due to their critical role in improving health care and the current challenges related to these two areas.

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 ...
Advocacy works for Canzibe after Prolonged HRH Crisis

Advocacy works for Canzibe after Prolonged HRH Crisis

After a period of prolonged HR crisis and on-going advocacy, today the MEC for Health in the Eastern Cape, together with the Superintendent-General, made a historic first time visit to Canzibe Hospital where they met with the traditional leadership, Hospital Board and the CEO to discuss the challenges plaguing Canzibe Hospital. As a result a co ...

Rural Health Crisis Looms

Posted in The New Age , June 12 2017 Rural health crisis looms DESPITE a multibillion-rand investment by the government to improve access to quality healthcare in the country’s rural areas, an alarming shortage of doctors threatens to torpedo this intervention. Provinces affected by the doctor shortage include Gauteng, North West, KwaZulu-Natal ...
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 ...
Cutting Human Resources for Health – Who Pays?

Cutting Human Resources for Health – Who Pays?

This report shows both the gravity and the complexity of the HRH crisis for rural communities in South Africa. While many of the challenges described affect health services at all levels and in urban and peri-urban areas as well, it is clear that rural South Africans are uniquely vulnerable to the effects of staffing cuts, and disproportionatel ...
Statement of the National Health Assembly: 27 June 2016

Statement of the National Health Assembly: 27 June 2016

The National Health Assembly, held at the University of the Western Cape from 24 – 26 June brought together organisations and individuals from all provinces in South Africa and beyond. The NHA participants identified the following issues around health and health care provision in South Africa: the need for community participation including heal ...

Report on Rural Health Imbizo in Dr RSM District, NW Province, 21 May 2016

On 21 May the RHAP together with RuDASA hosted a rural health imbizo in one of the most rural districts in the country, Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati (Dr RSM) District in North West Province. Over 100 community members from around 14 villages attended the Imbizo, some represented NGO’s operating in the area, others represented community health work ...

Youtube: Dying in our homes: Ambulance shortages in the Eastern Cape

“People are dying in the Eastern Cape. They can’t reach hospitals in emergency situations. There aren’t enough ambulances to assist them.” Dying In Our Homes reveals the impact that the lack of ambulances is having on the lives of rural families. Daygan Eagar speaks about the catastrophic out of pocket expenditures vulne ...