The impact of HCW strike action on patients’ health

The impact of HCW strike action on patients’ health

Patients have died as a result of the recent strike in North West. Doctors and nurses were also chased out of operating theatres and wards by strikers. How can patients and health workers be protected from becoming victims of a fight that is aimed an employer? Sixty-four patients may have died in one district of the North West alone during the ...
Why the NHI may lead to better health budgets

Why the NHI may lead to better health budgets

Read more from RHAP intern, Natasha Salant on why the NHI may lead to better health budgets: Rands and Sense: Why the NHI may lead to better health budgets About 200m from where I work in Rosebank, Johannesburg, there is a private clinic housing a general practitioner, a team of specialised surgeons, a rehabilitation centre, and state-of-the-ar ...
Public Oral Health Forum – a Game Changer for Rural Communities

Public Oral Health Forum – a Game Changer for Rural Communities

The Public Health Oral Forum is a critical think tank, advocacy and discussion platform that has been established by oral health care workers working for the South African government. Founded in February 2018, it seeks to unite oral health professions behind a call to advance the promotion and preservation of oral health worker rights and the c ...
Press Statement An Alternative Human Rights Based People’s Budget

Press Statement An Alternative Human Rights Based People’s Budget

CIVIL SOCIETY PROPOSES ALTERNATIVE, PEOPLE-CENTERED BUDGET Download the Alternative Budget here Broad collective of socio-economic rights organisations offer example of a budget which takes ordinary South Africans seriously. Minister Gigaba will be asked to make hard, but essential budget choices in his first budget speech in Parliament tomorro ...
Towards Substantial Reform for Rural Health: In anticipation of the 2018 Budget Speech

Towards Substantial Reform for Rural Health: In anticipation of the 2018 Budget Speech

By Russell Rensburg, RHAP Programme Manager: Health Systems and Policy In his inaugural state of the nation address, President Ramaphosa outlined a broad set of initiatives that focussed primarily on addressing the lapses in trust between the government and the people. The focus was on improving the credibility of the state and more specificall ...
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 ...
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 ...
The Achilles Heel of the new NSP : Accountability and Equity

The Achilles Heel of the new NSP : Accountability and Equity

By Russell Rensburg As we move towards the release of South Africa’s latest National Strategic Plan for HIV/AIDS, TB and STI’s it is important to celebrate the successes achieved since the end of AIDS denialism and the introduction of a revitalised AIDS response in 2006. Getting there and sustaining the response has required significant politic ...
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 ...