Roll Out of Vaccines To Rural Areas

RuDASA Press Statement 15 March 2021 RUDASA is concerned at the delay in developing a vaccine roll out plan to rural health services. Whilst understanding the logistical reasons for starting with the central hospitals, some rural district hospitals e.g. in eastern Eastern Cape, have had more COVID-19 patients than the urban areas, and there is ...
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 ...
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 ...
Invitation to NHI Consultative Workshop in Nyandeni, EC – 6 September

Invitation to NHI Consultative Workshop in Nyandeni, EC – 6 September

RHAP is in the Eastern this week to host a consultative workshop on the NHI. Join us in the Nyandeni Sub-district and add your voice to the NHI Bill! The recent release of the National Health Insurance Bill presents a unique opportunity to transform rural health delivery. As such it requires current actors within the health system to reflect on ...
NHI Bill – so near yet so far

NHI Bill – so near yet so far

By Russell Rensburg The release of the NHI Bill for public comment is a significant milestone in the transformation of the South African health sector. Since 1994, there have been a number of health sector reforms that have sought to unite a fragmented system. These included merging more that 10 “homeland” Ministries of Health as well as 14 dep ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...