Monitoring Implementation

The RHAP regularly receives feedback and requests for support from grassroots health care workers in rural areas. Often, these health care workers have tried to overcome service delivery challenges themselves by using internal reporting mechanisms. Where such efforts have failed, or where lives of patients are at immediate risk, they may seek external advice and support. This has resulted in various RHAP interventions, often in collaboration with our partner organisations. The need for this work has resulted in two specific stand-alone projects: the Stop Stock Outs Project, of which RHAP is a founding members and the Health Care Provider Support Programme, which aims to strengthen the knowledge base and confidence of HCPs to act on local challenges that put the lives and well-being of their patients at risk.

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 ...
MTBPS 2016: The Rural Health Advocacy Project warns against further health service cuts to those most in need following continued fiscal consolidation

MTBPS 2016: The Rural Health Advocacy Project warns against further health service cuts to those most in need following continued fiscal consolidation

Rural Health Advocacy Project Press Statement MTBPS 2016: The Rural Health Advocacy Project warns against further health service cuts to those most in need following continued fiscal consolidation 27 October 2016 Following the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) by Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, on 26 October 2016, we reflect in t ...
Statement of the National Health Assembly: 27 June 2016

Statement of the National Health Assembly: 27 June 2016

The National Health Assembly, held at the University of the Western Cape from 24 – 26 June brought together organisations and individuals from all provinces in South Africa and beyond. The NHA participants identified the following issues around health and health care provision in South Africa: the need for community participation including heal ...

Report on Rural Health Imbizo in Dr RSM District, NW Province, 21 May 2016

On 21 May the RHAP together with RuDASA hosted a rural health imbizo in one of the most rural districts in the country, Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati (Dr RSM) District in North West Province. Over 100 community members from around 14 villages attended the Imbizo, some represented NGO’s operating in the area, others represented community health work ...
Press Statement: The RHAP welcomes the Health Minister’s statement on staffing moratoria and calls for the protection of critical health posts in times of austerity

Press Statement: The RHAP welcomes the Health Minister’s statement on staffing moratoria and calls for the protection of critical health posts in times of austerity

The RHAP welcomes the Health Minister’s statement on staffing moratoria and calls for the protection of critical health posts in times of austerity 9 February 2016 The RHAP welcomes the Minister’s statement[1] to the press dated 8 February in which he responds to allegations of “frozen posts” in the health system. In his response the Minister w ...
Health-E Raises Alarm on Frozen Posts following RHAP Investigation

Health-E Raises Alarm on Frozen Posts following RHAP Investigation

The Big Chill: Health post freeze threatens services by Laura Lopez Gonzalez on February 1, 2016  in Health Funding, Health Management, News Facing a R9-billion shortfall just to meet salary demands, provincial health departments are freezing posts. Whether couched openly in memos or hidden between the lines of spiralling bureaucracy, staff fre ...
RHAP Submission on the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement 2015: More bad news for human resources for health (Version 1)

RHAP Submission on the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement 2015: More bad news for human resources for health (Version 1)

Submission to the Joint Meeting of the Standing and Select Committees on Finance, Public Hearings, 28 October 2015.  Download the full submission Summary and recommendations This submission is made to the Joint Meeting of the Standing and Select Committees on Finance on the 2015 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement tabled in Parliament on 28 Oct ...

Youtube: Dying in our homes: Ambulance shortages in the Eastern Cape

“People are dying in the Eastern Cape. They can’t reach hospitals in emergency situations. There aren’t enough ambulances to assist them.” Dying In Our Homes reveals the impact that the lack of ambulances is having on the lives of rural families. Daygan Eagar speaks about the catastrophic out of pocket expenditures vulne ...