The Rural-Proofing Policy and Budgeting Programme (RPP)

RHAP is now in the second phase of the Rural-Proofing Policy and Budgeting Programme: Realising Rural Health Rights in Times of Austerity (RRA).

The objective of the RRA is to ensure equitable access to quality health care for rural people by promoting, protecting and fulfilling the right to health. We work towards achieving this end goal by budget analysis, research and local learning sites; technical advocacy to Government; stakeholder engagement; alliance building and campaigns; popular publications; story-telling and the law. The experiences and voices of HCWs and patients play a central role in our work, enhanced by technical analyses of root causes and proposed equity-based solutions.

The RRA has two broad components:

  • Promoting adequate budgets, efficient spending and policies that improve access to health care for rural communities through rural-proofing processes and principles
  • Protecting existing services to rural communities from cost-containment measures that lead to a deterioration of access in care and that disproportionally affect rural communities

For more information contact Russell at Russell@rhap.org.za

Confronting the Right to Ethical and Accountable Quality Healthcare in South Africa: Lancet National Commission Consensus Report

Confronting the Right to Ethical and Accountable Quality Healthcare in South Africa: Lancet National Commission Consensus Report

RHAP’s new Director Russell Rensburg was one of the Commissioner’s of this high-level commission looking into the state of quality healthcare in South Africa. Introduction South Africa has made great strides since the end of apartheid in 1994 in improving overall population health and well-being, reflected in increased life expectan ...
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 ...
Press Release: RHAP Issues First Annual CSO Allocation Update ‘Acute’ 2018

Press Release: RHAP Issues First Annual CSO Allocation Update ‘Acute’ 2018

Rural communities left at the wayside in community service allocations Discrimination towards rural communities in health service delivery persists. This is one of the key findings from the Annual CSO Allocation Update ‘ACUTE’, a report released by the Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP). The goal of the report is to monitor and critically eva ...
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 ...
Press Statement An Alternative Human Rights Based People’s Budget

Press Statement An Alternative Human Rights Based People’s Budget

CIVIL SOCIETY PROPOSES ALTERNATIVE, PEOPLE-CENTERED BUDGET Download the Alternative Budget here Broad collective of socio-economic rights organisations offer example of a budget which takes ordinary South Africans seriously. Minister Gigaba will be asked to make hard, but essential budget choices in his first budget speech in Parliament tomorro ...
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 ...
Nyandeni Imbizo Report

Nyandeni Imbizo Report

On the 15th of August 2017, the Rural Health Advocacy Project in partnership with the Canzibe Hospital Board held a Community Dialogue/Imbizo at the Canzibe Community Hall. Partner organisations that were present were TAC, One2One Enable Mothers, The Jabulani Foundation and RuDASA. The imbizo was attended by over 150 community members from Canz ...