The World Health Assembly has declared 2020 as the international year of the nurse and midwife in order to highlight the vital roles that nurses and midwives play in the healthcare system and in transforming it. This year also marks the implementation of the new nursing curriculum in South Africa.

The World Health Assembly has declared 2020 as the international year of the nurse and midwife in order to highlight the vital roles that nurses and midwives play in the healthcare system and in transforming it. This year also marks the implementation of the new nursing curriculum in South Africa.

In light of this, RHAP hosted a nursing webinar in order to discuss the Future of Nursing in South Africa- exploring challenges, opportunities, and social accountability in nursing education. The coupled question was ‘ are nursing education reforms responsive to rural communities ‘? The webinar gave those who haven’t had the c ...
Nursing today in South Africa

Nursing today in South Africa

By Lungile Gamede – RHAP Graduate Intern According to the World Health Organisation, a well-functioning healthcare system is defined as one that  “responds in a balanced way to a population’s needs and expectations by; improving the health status of individuals, families, and communities; defending the population against what threatens it ...
Press Statement: South Africa’s fiscal austerity potentially an opportunity to remedy neglected rural healthcare

Press Statement: South Africa’s fiscal austerity potentially an opportunity to remedy neglected rural healthcare

National Health Insurance (NHI) introduction must be the start of radical review South Africa is in a daunting phase of fiscal austerity which began globally in 2008 and will prevail in the short and medium term, but the situation presents an ideal opportunity for the country to reorganise its skewed healthcare provision to make it more equitab ...
Confronting the Right to Ethical and Accountable Quality Healthcare in South Africa: Lancet National Commission Consensus Report

Confronting the Right to Ethical and Accountable Quality Healthcare in South Africa: Lancet National Commission Consensus Report

RHAP’s new Director Russell Rensburg was one of the Commissioner’s of this high-level commission looking into the state of quality healthcare in South Africa. Introduction South Africa has made great strides since the end of apartheid in 1994 in improving overall population health and well-being, reflected in increased life expectan ...
The NHI Bill is Open for Public Comment

The NHI Bill is Open for Public Comment

What is your take on the NHI Bill? The NHI Bill is an attempt to address the inequalities in accessing healthcare across South Africa.The release of the NHI Bill for public comment is a significant milestone in the transformation of the South African health sector.  If framed and implemented equitably and accessibly, the NHI could well be South ...
Health workers as Change Agents and Patient Advocates

Health workers as Change Agents and Patient Advocates

A presentation to the People’s Health Movement (PHM) Public Meeting on 9 June 2018  By Karessa Govender:  Projects Officer, Rural Health Advocacy Project Introduction Today I wear two hats, the first is that of a member of a civil society organization, the Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP)and the second hat is that of a healthcare work ...
‘Cancer treatment in the North West is impossible’

‘Cancer treatment in the North West is impossible’

Activists say that at least one patient has been trying to get treatment since 2013. Only one radiation oncologist is left to treat cancer patients in North West, a health department statement shows. “With only one oncologist, cancer treatment here is impossible,” says Adele Botha, the North West divisional manager for the Cancer Association of ...
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 ...
Voice Workshop at Africa Health Conference – 29 May 2018

Voice Workshop at Africa Health Conference – 29 May 2018

Join our Voice Team at the Africa Health Conference on 29 May 2018 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg. Objectives of Voice workshops: • Participants have insight into legal and policy foundations of the right to health • You can learn more about Advocacy approaches and the different roles played by      health care workers • Health ...