Promoting, Protecting, and Realising the Right to Rural Healthcare by connecting policy, practice and partners

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Core Programmes

  • Advocacy and Communications

    Advocacy and Communications

    Rural Proofing Health Policy Advocating for Political Accountability

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  • Xa Sisonke Siyaphila

    Xa Sisonke Siyaphila

    Strengthening Efforts of Healthcare Activists

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  • The Voice Project

    The Voice Project

    Empowering Healthcare Professionals as Advocates

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News

Budget takes steps in the right direction but we need more details Mr Finance Minister

22 February 2024 The Rural Health Advocacy Project acknowledges the efforts of Finance Minister EnochGodongwana in delivering his 2024 budget vote this week. As champions of the most marginalised health users in the country, it is encouraging to see theminister make direct references to health, introducing budgeting initiatives that will tackle someof the most pressing challenges. But this is only the first step – and in general more detail isneeded to ensure that people’s constitutional health rights will actually be realised. Godongwana this week announced that health would be allocated a total of R848 billion overthe next three years. This […]

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16 Days of Activism sheds light on rural healthcare challenges in the fight against GBV

In a united global effort, the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) kicked off on Saturday, 25 November and came to an end on Sunday, 10 December, igniting conversations and actions against GBV. Conversations about violence against women and girls are important because they serve as a critical tool for raising awareness about the prevalence and various forms of gender-based violence, shedding light on the often-hidden aspects of this issue. By openly addressing the challenges women and girls face, societies can collectively work towards dismantling harmful stereotypes, norms, and attitudes that perpetuate such violence. These conversations also play […]

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Proactive Healthcare Governance: A Key to Achieving Universal Health Coverage in South Africa

Primary Healthcare (PHC) is the driving force behind efforts to improve access to quality healthcare for all South Africans. This critical tool aims to bridge the healthcare gap across the country and ensure that people receive the care they need, regardless of their location. The Alma Ata principles underpin this approach, making PHC an integral part of the ongoing fight against the challenges that come with a growing population.

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Rural Health Advocacy Project rallies behind the findings of the Child Poverty report

The Child Poverty report delves beyond the numerical façade to uncover the stark reality of child poverty that has gripped our nation. It lays bare a disheartening truth: a staggering eight million children in South Africa grapple with inadequate nutrition, a blatant violation of our constitutional mandate to ensure that every child is provided with the fundamental right to access basic nutrition. This revelation, undoubtedly distressing, seeks to exert immense pressure on the Treasury, urging them to reconsider their policy stance on financial consolidation and the persistent reduction in social spending

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Rural healthcare — a constant struggle against heavy odds

As the government fails to fulfil its constitutional mandate of providing equitable healthcare services to all South Africans, healthcare workers have stepped in. They often have to moonlight as researchers, community advocates and social workers, and even contribute to health policy development.

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Heroes of rural health were honored at the Rural Health Conference

In a heartfelt tribute to the unsung heroes of rural healthcare, the Rural Health Conference unfolded in a whirlwind of appreciation, recognition, and applause. The event, which took place over three days, served as a resounding testament to the dedicated medical practitioners who tirelessly serve in rural areas.

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African Traditional Medicine Day Recognizes Deep-rooted Practices

In a vibrant celebration of cultural heritage and healing wisdom, African Traditional Medicine Day is observed across the continent. This special day is about honoring the old and wise ways of healing and caring for health that have been practiced in Africa for a very long time. It’s a time to appreciate the methods that have been vital to African communities for generations.

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