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

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 ...
Press Statement Budget Speech 2015: The Rural Health Advocacy Project calls for a reversal of austerity measures that only deepen existing inequities in health care for rural people.

Press Statement Budget Speech 2015: The Rural Health Advocacy Project calls for a reversal of austerity measures that only deepen existing inequities in health care for rural people.

24 February 2015 Tomorrow (25 February 2015), Minister Nhanhla Nene will table the 2015/16 budget and give his first budget speech as the Minister of Finance. The budget he presents is widely expected to be one that continues and even deepens austerity measures aimed at cutting expenditure with a view to reducing the budget deficit. The RHAP ma ...
RHAP Launches the Rural-Proofing Health Guidelines

RHAP Launches the Rural-Proofing Health Guidelines

“No plan must be passed or approved without the rural-proofing box being ticked.” Dr Andrew Robinson, North West Department of Health On the 29th of January the RHAP launched the Rural Proofing Guidelines in Parktown, Johannesburg. The event was attended by National, Provincial and District Department of Health officials, National T ...
Budget Justice and NHI

Budget Justice and NHI

In the preface of the publication AIDC Budget Justice_November 2014, launched on the 25th of November, Dick Forslund rightfully argues that “Budget justice is inherently a political process. This booklet seeks to raise a fundamental starting point of engaging with public budgets. Progressive civil society must unite specific budget object ...
Press Statement: The MTBPS reveals troubling times for rural health

Press Statement: The MTBPS reveals troubling times for rural health

Summary: On 22 October 2014 South Africa’s Finance Minister, Mr Nhlanhla Nene, delivered his first Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) at a sitting of Parliament. The MTBPS, also referred to as the mini budget, is important because it communicates the government’s economic context, medium-term fiscal policy objectives and spending prior ...
RHAP Discussion Document: Defining rurality within the context of health policy, planning, resourcing and service delivery

RHAP Discussion Document: Defining rurality within the context of health policy, planning, resourcing and service delivery

The RHAP has developed a discussion document on the definition of rurality. Please send any comments to Daygan Eagar at Daygan@rhap.org.za. Summary and Recommendations: Section 27 of South Africa’s Constitution (1996) affords everyone who lives in the country the “right to have access to health care services, including reproductive health care” ...
RHAP’s Daygan Eagar: M&G Top 200 Young South African

RHAP’s Daygan Eagar: M&G Top 200 Young South African

RHAP celebrates Daygan Eagar’s achievement as one of the Top 200 Young South Africans in the Mail and Guardian’s 2014 Edition, published on the 25 of July 2014. A much deserved acknowledgement of Daygan’s pioneering work in rural health advocacy, particularly in the field of health financing. Read his profile here: http://ysa2 ...
STATEMENT BY SECTION27, BEMF, RHAP, TAC: NORTH WEST HEALTH MEC LUXURY VEHICLE PURCHASE VIOLATES THE RIGHT TO ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE SERVICES

STATEMENT BY SECTION27, BEMF, RHAP, TAC: NORTH WEST HEALTH MEC LUXURY VEHICLE PURCHASE VIOLATES THE RIGHT TO ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE SERVICES

On 16 and 17 May 2014, reports emerged about the purchase of a new vehicle for the MEC for Health in the North West Province. The vehicle was reported to have cost R940 000 and to have been paid for using money in cost centres dedicated to the purchase of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) vehicles. The reports appeared on the Mail & Guardian ...