Policy Advocacy

Our Policy Advocacy Work is part of the RHAP’s Goal 1 , which aims to ensure that new and existing health policies are rural-friendly. Over the past years RHAP has coordinated various policy submissions, often with input from our rural partners such as RuDASA, RuRESA and the Centres for Rural Health. Read more about our submissions below.

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 ...
RHAP and Doctors Statement on NW crisis to National Task Team

RHAP and Doctors Statement on NW crisis to National Task Team

RHAP Statement on North West Health Emergency ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE IN NORTH WEST PROVINCE REMAINS UNDER SIEGE DESPITE APPOINTMENT OF NATIONAL TASK   Demands by 70 North West doctors for “The National Department of Health to guarantee both patients’ and health care workers’ safety when receiving and delivering services” has not been met one week ...
Health crisis looms in the North West

Health crisis looms in the North West

At the centre of the crisis is the relationship breakdown between the province’s political leadership and members of the National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu), whose go-slow at the provincial medicines depot has stopped drugs leaving or entering the facility. Nehawu says the protest action will continue until their demand ...
Public Oral Health Forum – a Game Changer for Rural Communities

Public Oral Health Forum – a Game Changer for Rural Communities

The Public Health Oral Forum is a critical think tank, advocacy and discussion platform that has been established by oral health care workers working for the South African government. Founded in February 2018, it seeks to unite oral health professions behind a call to advance the promotion and preservation of oral health worker rights and the c ...
From Green Paper to Final Policy: Has there been a change in how rural is considered in relation to the National Health Insurance process in South Africa

From Green Paper to Final Policy: Has there been a change in how rural is considered in relation to the National Health Insurance process in South Africa

Download RHAP’s review here: NHI From Green to White Paper_ Review_RHAP_July2017 Since the publication of the NHI Green Paper in 2011, the Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP) and its rural health partners have engaged extensively with the NHI policy development and review process. This engagement has included providing comment on various ...
NEW! Annual Community Service Officer Update ‘ACUTE’ – 2018 Report

NEW! Annual Community Service Officer Update ‘ACUTE’ – 2018 Report

With this publication the RHAP launches the Annual Community Service Officer Update ‘ACUTE’ on the allocation of community service officers in South Africa. The purpose is to monitor whether the country is making progress with regards to meeting the intended purpose of community service which is to address the maldistribution of human resources ...
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 ...
Priority-Setting, Social Justice and Human Rights in the Eastern Cape

Priority-Setting, Social Justice and Human Rights in the Eastern Cape

By Marije Versteeg-Mojanaga, Rural Health Advocacy Project, published in issue 4 of Spotlight. The stories of health care users experiences with the health system as published by Spotlight are devastating. Various factors play a role when patients’ rights are violated, such as poor planning, inadequate HR management, budget cuts, healthcare wor ...
Development of the North West Critical Health Posts Tool

Development of the North West Critical Health Posts Tool

After years of research and advocacy, The Rural Health Advocacy Project announces the next step in our Critical Health Posts work – a pilot project in North West Province that places not only clinical consequences at the centre of decision-making but also rurality factors and vulnerable patient groups. A project that promotes equity and a ...