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

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