Protecting Critical Health Posts in Times of Austerity

Protecting Critical Health Posts in Times of Austerity

This article was originally published in the PHASA newsletter, ahead of the 2015 PHASA conference. https://www.phasa.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Marije_Protecting-critical-posts_article-1.pdf Protecting critical posts at times of austerity Marije Versteeg-Mojanaga, Director of the Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP). Executive member of ...
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 ...
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 ...
The Achilles Heel of the new NSP : Accountability and Equity

The Achilles Heel of the new NSP : Accountability and Equity

By Russell Rensburg As we move towards the release of South Africa’s latest National Strategic Plan for HIV/AIDS, TB and STI’s it is important to celebrate the successes achieved since the end of AIDS denialism and the introduction of a revitalised AIDS response in 2006. Getting there and sustaining the response has required significant politic ...

Open letter to Minister Motsoaledi: Please support healthcare workers to speak out

The Rural Health Advocacy Project has written an open letter to Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi challenging him to support healthcare workers to speak out, saying failing to do so could see many more cases like those in the Life Esidimeni saga. By SAMANTHA KHAN-GILLMORE. This year, 2017, has started off with a bang on all fronts for South Afri ...
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 ...
It’s time we fix the way we fund health care

It’s time we fix the way we fund health care

A shortened version now online in Bhekisisa M&G Health: http://bhekisisa.org/article/2017-03-02-00-radical-transformation-begins-with-fixing-how-we-fund-healthcare-in-remote-areas Picture caption: Nurse accomodation at a deeply rural hospital faced with a staffing crisis in the Eastern Cape. Few healhcare workers agree to come and work here ...
Causes, implications and possible responses to the implementation of staffing moratoria in the public health system in South Africa during times of budget austerity

Causes, implications and possible responses to the implementation of staffing moratoria in the public health system in South Africa during times of budget austerity

The purpose of this working paper is to draw attention to the causes, consequences and possible responses to the implementation of moratoria on the filling of posts within the health system. Human resource moratoria, also referred to as the ‘freezing of posts’, have become an increasingly common occurrence within the public health system over t ...
Know the Facts! Rural Health Factsheet 2015

Know the Facts! Rural Health Factsheet 2015

The new rural health fact sheet is out! All you need to know about rural health in one document. Contact RHAP to propose additions for the 2016 version. RHAP Rural Health Fact Sheet 2015 web ...