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.

Priority-Setting, Social Justice and Human Rights in the Eastern Cape

Priority-Setting, Social Justice and Human Rights in the Eastern Cape

By Marije Versteeg-Mojanaga, Rural Health Advocacy Project, published in issue 4 of Spotlight. The stories of health care users experiences with the health system as published by Spotlight are devastating. Various factors play a role when patients’ rights are violated, such as poor planning, inadequate HR management, budget cuts, healthcare wor ...

Are South African health workers being silenced into malpractice?

By Karessa Govender, Published in The Daily Maverick, 17 November 2017 https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/opinionista/2017-11-17-are-south-african-health-workers-being-silenced-into-malpractice/#.Wg6MYROCxE4 “There is really no such thing as the ‘voiceless’. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.” The word ...
22 November, Public Debate: Raising Alarm and Being Heard

22 November, Public Debate: Raising Alarm and Being Heard

Programme: 22Nov HCW Advocacy Debate Programme Date:  22 November 2017, 1530 for 16:00 – 18:30 Place: University of the Witwatersrand, School of Public Health, Resource Centre RSVP: For catering purposes RSVP by Monday 20 Nov to Karessa@rhap.org.za In a context of an ailing health system faced with many challenges, patients and their families n ...
Press Release: Rural Mental Health Campaign calls on action by SAHRC Investigation and sustained action needed

Press Release: Rural Mental Health Campaign calls on action by SAHRC Investigation and sustained action needed

Today the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) starts its national hearing on the status of mental health care in South Africa. The Rural Mental Health Campaign (RMHC) welcomes this much-needed step to access and improve mental healthcare access in South Africa and will be presenting its research and recommendations to the panel. In 20 ...
Nyandeni Imbizo Report

Nyandeni Imbizo Report

On the 15th of August 2017, the Rural Health Advocacy Project in partnership with the Canzibe Hospital Board held a Community Dialogue/Imbizo at the Canzibe Community Hall. Partner organisations that were present were TAC, One2One Enable Mothers, The Jabulani Foundation and RuDASA. The imbizo was attended by over 150 community members from Canz ...
Rural Health Resource Mapping Guide – Who Cares?

Rural Health Resource Mapping Guide – Who Cares?

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 health care for ru ...
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 ...