Rural-Proofing of Policy – An Overview of International Best Practices

As part of the RPP Programme, RHAP’s Daygan Eagar conducted a desktop review of international best practices in relation to rural-proofing of policy.  Summary and Key Recommendations Globally, rural populations tend to fair worse on important socioeconomic indicators than their urban counterparts. They tend to be poorer, are unemployed in ...
Response from the Mpumalanga Department of Health HOD

Response from the Mpumalanga Department of Health HOD

An update on the events following the open letter issued by RHAP, SECTION27, RuDASA and TAC to MP DoH on 26 August 2013 to Mr RM Mnisi, the Mpumalang Department of Health HOD regarding the “On-going Reports of Harassment, Unfair labour Practice and Poor Leadership, High Staff Turn-Over at Tintswalo Hospital since 2010 and No Improvement”.  In t ...

Building consensus on key priorities for rural health care in South Africa using the Delphi technique.

In 2010 the RHAP embarked on a process of defining the key priorities for rural health care using a technique that involves consensus building among experts in rural health. The research project has now been published in a special issue of Global Health Action. In the publication we conclude that specific policies and strategies are required to ...

RHAP a TOP 5 Finalist for the One Africa Award

“While its offices may be in downtown Johannesburg, RHAP works for the rights of South Africa’s rural citizens to access affordable, quality healthcare in their home districts. In its short existence, RHAP has become the de facto source for the most innovative policies and practices to improve rural healthcare and while at it, has g ...

Rural hospitals buckle as foreign docs delayed

Rural hospitals in South Africa are facing a serious doctor shortage in 2012 as a result of delays in registering foreign qualified doctors and the failure to place community service doctors in underserved hospitals. Many of the foreign qualified doctors who provide essential medical care in remote and rural parts of South Africa are from the D ...

RHAP welcomes new HRH plan for South Africa

RHAP welcomes the new HRH Plan for South Africa which embraces many of the issues the RHAP and its partners have been advocating for. The new plan has a strategic priority area dedicated to Access in Rural and Remote Areas with a number of critical objectives, including:   Ensure that allocation of Community Service health professionals is ...

Civil Society Organisations call for the state and unions to urgently finalise the minimum service level agreement for the Health Sector

We are a range of organisations who campaign for the right to health, and/or who provide health care services to poor people who depend on the public health sector. We fully support the efforts of the government to improve health care services. We also support unions and their members who are at the front line of health care provision, and who ...

Beyond the Strike

More is required to ensure rural patients will enjoy better and equitable access to health care Skilled and motivated health workers in sufficient numbers at the right place and at the right time are critical to deliver effective health services and improve health outcomes (WHO Guidelines). Fair pay is a critical pre-condition but by itself it ...

Current OSD offer still disadvantages rural communities

The Rural Health Advocacy Project, Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa, SECTION27 and Wits Centre for Rural Health support SAMA’s rejection of the final OSD offer to public sector doctors. By accepting the Government’s OSD offer, collective labour in the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council will be contributing to a major set ...