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 ...

RHAP Newsletter: COVID-19 AND RURAL HEALTH “Rural-proofing the Response”

Rural Health Update A word from our director, Russell Rensburg We are nearing the end of the third week in lockdown and RHAP has been hard at work from our various homes to support the collective response to COVID-191 in South Africa. As a rural health hub, RHAP remains focused on its core competencies: rural-proofing the COVID-19 res ...
The NHI Bill is open for Public Comment

The NHI Bill is open for Public Comment

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 Africa’s answer to the achievement ...
RHAP Letter to SAHRC for Urgent Investigation

RHAP Letter to SAHRC for Urgent Investigation

RHAP has written a letter to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) requesting an urgent investigation into the health impact of the protest and industrial action that has wracked health facilities in the North West Province. Many facilities have been closed or partially opened for lengths of time with large numbers of people in comm ...
Why the NHI may lead to better health budgets

Why the NHI may lead to better health budgets

Read more from RHAP intern, Natasha Salant on why the NHI may lead to better health budgets: Rands and Sense: Why the NHI may lead to better health budgets About 200m from where I work in Rosebank, Johannesburg, there is a private clinic housing a general practitioner, a team of specialised surgeons, a rehabilitation centre, and state-of-the-ar ...
Towards Substantial Reform for Rural Health: In anticipation of the 2018 Budget Speech

Towards Substantial Reform for Rural Health: In anticipation of the 2018 Budget Speech

By Russell Rensburg, RHAP Programme Manager: Health Systems and Policy In his inaugural state of the nation address, President Ramaphosa outlined a broad set of initiatives that focussed primarily on addressing the lapses in trust between the government and the people. The focus was on improving the credibility of the state and more specificall ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...