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 ...

Improving access to antiretrovirals in rural South Africa – a call to action

In this editorial published this week in the SAMJ, RHAP and other health scientists, advocates and health care providers call for improved access to ARVs in rural areas, notably through rural nurse prescribing and dispensing legislation. Improving access to antiretrovirals in rural South Africa – a call to action South Africa (SA) already has t ...
Rural Health Update # 3: Rural-Proofing Health Care Financing in SA

Rural Health Update # 3: Rural-Proofing Health Care Financing in SA

The transformation of the health sector can only truly improve access to historically neglected rural communities if persistent structural inequities are addressed. These inequities relate to the distribution of financial, human and material resources. This third issue of Rural Health Update deals with inequities in the allocation of financial ...

Pathways to mental health care in KwaZulu – Natal

There are various barriers to accessing mental health care. Read this publication “Pathways for mental health care in Kwa-Zulu Natal.” Abstract: The understanding of popular beliefs about mental health care and the pathways clients take prior to admission to a mental health institution is vital in planning to reduce delays in seekin ...

Certificate of Need: Too much stick, not enough carrot

In this opinion piece published in the Mail and Guardian on 25 July 2014 Daygan Eagar argues that the state’s proposed certificate of need will not address inequities in rural healthcare. During a recent consultation with the national department of health on the much-maligned promulgation of the section of the National Health Act that requires ...
Clinical Leadership, District Hospitals and Rural Health

Clinical Leadership, District Hospitals and Rural Health

This publication “Strengthening Clinical Leadership In Hospitals – A Review of the International and South African Literature ” (2013) by Jane Doherty is a must-read for anyone who has a stake in strengthening local leadership for better health care. Policy brief (download link above for full publication): The debate around pu ...
Re-Imagining Rural Health – The State of Rural Health 20 years into Democracy

Re-Imagining Rural Health – The State of Rural Health 20 years into Democracy

Originally published in the May 2014 newsletter of the Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA). Daygan Eagar, Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP)’s health budget specialist and Programme Manager for the Rural-Proofing Policy and Budgeting Programme. He provides health budget and policy monitoring training to communities and civil soc ...
Advocate for Improvements using the National Core Standards for Health Establishments

Advocate for Improvements using the National Core Standards for Health Establishments

Published in 2011, the main aim of the National Core Standards for Health Establishments is to: •  Develop a common definition of quality care which should be found in all health establishments in South Africa, as a guide to the public and to managers and staff at all levels; •  Establish a benchmark against which health establishments can be a ...