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 ...
PRESS RELEASE: ECDoH commitment to allocate 4 doctors at ailing Canzibe Hospital from July welcomed but crisis management needed now to bridge June month with 1 doctor left

PRESS RELEASE: ECDoH commitment to allocate 4 doctors at ailing Canzibe Hospital from July welcomed but crisis management needed now to bridge June month with 1 doctor left

The Rural Health Advocacy Project welcomes the news that the Eastern Cape Department of Health is recruiting four doctors to work at the 120-bed Canzibe District Hospital in OR Tambo District, in the Eastern Cape. Three of the four doctors are expected to start by 1 July. This comes after months of advocacy by various parties and through variou ...
ECHCAC welcomes undertakings to appoint three doctors to Canzibe Hospital by July 2017

ECHCAC welcomes undertakings to appoint three doctors to Canzibe Hospital by July 2017

Canzibe Hospital is a 120 bed hospital in Nqeleni area in the Eastern Cape. For some time, the hospital has experienced a severe shortage of doctors and rehabilitation specialists. The shortage has meant that outreach services were halted and remaining doctors overworked and under-supported. ECHCAC member, the Rural Health Advocacy Project (“RH ...
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 ...
Advocacy for Health: An educators guide to incorporating advocacy into the health sciences curriculum

Advocacy for Health: An educators guide to incorporating advocacy into the health sciences curriculum

Rural patients often bear the brunt of a vicious cycle.  Their local health systems need more resources and healthcare workers with inside knowledge to speak out about health care failures; but the shortages of health care workers make them feel vulnerable to speak out. Whilst healthcare workers can be agents of change, many lack the motivation ...
Rural Recruitment and Retention: Why are we not winning?

Rural Recruitment and Retention: Why are we not winning?

While the Department of Health has started work on a new plan for HRH, what we have achieved in the past 5 years? Sadly, the picture is bleak and progress is hampered by a combination of factors: ranging from lack of NDoH prioritisation and capacity; National Health Council resolutions on rural health education and task teams that are not follo ...
RHAP Submission on the Draft Strategic Plan for HIV, TB and STIs 2017-2022

RHAP Submission on the Draft Strategic Plan for HIV, TB and STIs 2017-2022

In this submission to SANAC, we identify critical gaps in the draft NSP and its treatment of rural contexts and communities. While many of the interventions aimed at targeting key and vulnerable populations will undoubtedly benefit rural communities, it is important to understand rural contexts do differ from urban contexts in key ways. Rural f ...

Austerity measures may leave SA’s next generation of health workers unemployed

Austerity measures may leave SA’s next generation of health workers unemployed 16 Jan 2017 00:00 By: Joan van Dyk Original source: http://bhekisisa.org/article/2017-01-16-00-austerity-measures-may-leave-sas-next-generation-of-health-workers-unemployed Some pharmacists will be doing their community service at private pharmacies amid a shor ...
307 interns are still without an offer of employment for 2017 due to budget cuts

307 interns are still without an offer of employment for 2017 due to budget cuts

The RHAP is very concerned but not surprised about the news that broke this morning that 307 interns are still without an offer of employment for 2017 due to budget cuts (point 8 below). While the memo below refers to the education crisis as the main reason for the budget cut (point 9), this is symptomatic for a broader problem: the overall und ...