Health budget fails to address HR crisis

Health budget fails to address HR crisis

In the tabling of the national department of health’s budget for 2017/2018, minister of health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, delivered an impassioned address about a health system in transition to achieving universal access. Few could argue with the minister on the need for radical reform of a health system where socio economic status is still a key de ...
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 ...
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. ...
Putting Primary Health Care into Practice

Putting Primary Health Care into Practice

Putting PHC into Practice-NSPreview9-LeanneBrady. Successfully managing the challenges posed by diseases such as TB and HIV requires a strong and well-integrated health system, writes RuDASA members Dr Leanne Brady was published in NSP review #9, 2013. ...
Resourcing Rural Areas for the Right to Health

Resourcing Rural Areas for the Right to Health

Address by RHAP at the TAC Annual General Meeting. On the 18 of April 2013 Marije Versteeg from the Rural Health Advocacy Project gave a plenary presentation at the TAC AGM at Booysens Hotel. Rural areas continue to suffer from persistent inequities in health care. The most deprived districts in the country are all rural, yet the primary health ...

The new NSP on HIV, STIs and TB 2012-2016 sets goals for rural health

In September RHAP and RuDASA made a submission to SANAC on the National Strategic Plan on HIV, STIs and TB, Draft Zero. The needs of rural communities were overlooked. We are therefore glad to announce that the final NSP, launched on World AIDS Day, explicitly identifies rural communities as a vulnerable group with rising HIV prevalence. Amongs ...