Causes, implications and possible responses to the implementation of staffing moratoria in the public health system in South Africa during times of budget austerity

Causes, implications and possible responses to the implementation of staffing moratoria in the public health system in South Africa during times of budget austerity

The purpose of this working paper is to draw attention to the causes, consequences and possible responses to the implementation of moratoria on the filling of posts within the health system. Human resource moratoria, also referred to as the ‘freezing of posts’, have become an increasingly common occurrence within the public health system over t ...
Exploring Corruption in the South African Health Sector

Exploring Corruption in the South African Health Sector

ZAR 24,082 billion irregular expenditure by provincial health departments combined in the 4-year period 2009/10 to 2012/13.  In this recent publication in Health Policy and Planning (2015), Rispel et al conclude that corruption is a problem in the South African healthcare sector and influenced by “adverse agent selection, lack of mechanis ...
Global Health Action Special Issue on Transforming Nursing in South Africa

Global Health Action Special Issue on Transforming Nursing in South Africa

The papers below are part of the Special Issue: Transforming Nursing in South Africa. http://www.globalhealthaction.net Published online: 11 May 2015 Utilisation and costs of nursing agencies in the South African public health sector 2005-2010 Using diaries to explore the work experiences of primary health care nursing in two South African prov ...
TAC’s GS on the Elephant in the Room at #SAAIDS2015

TAC’s GS on the Elephant in the Room at #SAAIDS2015

Political obstacles to improving access to healthcare in South Africa Anele Yawa, TAC General Secretary – Speech at SA AIDS 2015 Plenary Ladies and gentlemen, friends, comrades, thank you for the opportunity to address you this morning. I am Anele Yawa. I am the General Secretary of the Treatment Action Campaign. We are a civil society or ...
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 ...
Free State protest for community health workers

Free State protest for community health workers

Bloemfontein recently came to a standstill as community health workers (CHW) and the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) marched to the magistrate’s court in support of 118 health workers arrested in July last year. Read the full story by Palesa Butler, guest author for Health-e News. ...
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 ...
Calling for the deregistration of TAC is misguided, self-destructive and avoids fixing provincial health crises

Calling for the deregistration of TAC is misguided, self-destructive and avoids fixing provincial health crises

Calling for the deregistration of TAC is misguided, self-destructive and avoids fixing provincial health crises Joint Statement by RHAP and MSF 2015-02-21 JOHANNESBURG – Calls for the national deregistration of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) by political organisations, takes aim at the heart of the public healthcare accountability movement ...
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 ...
The Voice Project

The Voice Project

“There’s really no such thing as the ‘voiceless’. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.” Arundhati Roy, Author and human rights activist Summary The Voice Project aims to improve access to quality rural health care by increasing the number and quality of healthcare provider change agents. As part of this initiativ ...