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

307 interns are still without an offer of employment for 2017 due to budget cuts

307 interns are still without an offer of employment for 2017 due to budget cuts

The RHAP is very concerned but not surprised about the news that broke this morning that 307 interns are still without an offer of employment for 2017 due to budget cuts (point 8 below). While the memo below refers to the education crisis as the main reason for the budget cut (point 9), this is symptomatic for a broader problem: the overall und ...
MTBPS 2016: The Rural Health Advocacy Project warns against further health service cuts to those most in need following continued fiscal consolidation

MTBPS 2016: The Rural Health Advocacy Project warns against further health service cuts to those most in need following continued fiscal consolidation

Rural Health Advocacy Project Press Statement MTBPS 2016: The Rural Health Advocacy Project warns against further health service cuts to those most in need following continued fiscal consolidation 27 October 2016 Following the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) by Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, on 26 October 2016, we reflect in t ...

NHI White Paper Submission by Rural Partners Network: “THINK RURAL”!

The South African government is currently embarking on one of its most ambitious transformation projects of the last 20 years. The introduction of the National Health Insurance (NHI) has the potential to fundamentally shift how the provision of health care is funded, how the system is structured and how services are accessed. The NHI could, if ...

Report on Rural Health Imbizo in Dr RSM District, NW Province, 21 May 2016

On 21 May the RHAP together with RuDASA hosted a rural health imbizo in one of the most rural districts in the country, Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati (Dr RSM) District in North West Province. Over 100 community members from around 14 villages attended the Imbizo, some represented NGO’s operating in the area, others represented community health work ...
Press Statement: The RHAP welcomes the Health Minister’s statement on staffing moratoria and calls for the protection of critical health posts in times of austerity

Press Statement: The RHAP welcomes the Health Minister’s statement on staffing moratoria and calls for the protection of critical health posts in times of austerity

The RHAP welcomes the Health Minister’s statement on staffing moratoria and calls for the protection of critical health posts in times of austerity 9 February 2016 The RHAP welcomes the Minister’s statement[1] to the press dated 8 February in which he responds to allegations of “frozen posts” in the health system. In his response the Minister w ...
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 ...
RHAP Submission on the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement 2015: More bad news for human resources for health (Version 1)

RHAP Submission on the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement 2015: More bad news for human resources for health (Version 1)

Submission to the Joint Meeting of the Standing and Select Committees on Finance, Public Hearings, 28 October 2015.  Download the full submission Summary and recommendations This submission is made to the Joint Meeting of the Standing and Select Committees on Finance on the 2015 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement tabled in Parliament on 28 Oct ...
Developing an approach to accounting for need in resource allocations between urban and rural district hospitals in South Africa

Developing an approach to accounting for need in resource allocations between urban and rural district hospitals in South Africa

In this SAHR chapter Eagar, Cooke, Levin and Wolmarans developed an tested an approach to the creation of a rural index that explicitly accounts for differences in rural and urban contexts with regards to healthcare need and the demographic, geographic and socio-economic factors that play a role in determining relative resource needs. The appro ...
Press Release: The RHAP calls for the protection of critical health services whilst the North West Department of Health is put under administration

Press Release: The RHAP calls for the protection of critical health services whilst the North West Department of Health is put under administration

Chronically underserved rural populations will bear the brunt as a result of embargoes on hiring staff, maintaining infrastructure and upgrading equipment At the beginning of the 2015/16 financial year the North West Provincial Government placed the provincial department of health, along with other key service departments such as public works a ...