The Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP) is a division of WITS HEALTH CONSORTIUM that seeks to promote fair and equal access to quality healthcare for rural communities throughout South Africa. RHAP identifies and supports health policy and financing strategies that address systemic disparities that disadvantage rural areas and vulnerable populations in the public health sector by partnering with government, civil society, healthcare providers, and communities across the country. In the next decade, RHAP aims to influence the National Health Insurance Fund (NHI) and play a crucial role in the health system’s reorganization. This is to ensure that all South Africans have access to quality healthcare, regardless of their socio-economic status or location.
RHAP’s vision is a health system where rural communities are able to access equitable, quality health care services.
Our mission is to promote, protect and realise the right to rural health care by connecting practice, policy, and partners.
Ensuring that existing and new policies speak to the rural context and properly protect the right to health for rural communities.
Promoting adequate budgeting, efficient spending, and accountable processes that improves access to rural health care.
Advocating for more equitable distribution of advocacy-competent health care workers in rural health care.
Documenting and acting on service delivery problems, and encouraging good practices in rural areas by working strategically
We believe that achieving more responsive policies, adequate funding, sufficient health care workers, and effective implementation contributes towards strengthening our rural healthcare systems. Driving this process, however, requires an active and empowered Voice from Rural Communities and Health Care Workers.
RHAP is a division of the Wits Health Consortium.
To further support effective governance and direction, RHAP also has an independent Board of voluntary representatives from rural health worker associations, communities, academia, human rights lawyers, civil society partners and thematic experts.
Our vision cannot be achieved by RHAP alone. We are grateful for the many partner organisations that have over the years supported, strengthened, and complemented the work of the Rural Health Advocacy Project.
A special acknowledgement to Atlantic Philanthropies who provided seed funding that led to the establishment of RHAP in 2009, and for their years of ongoing support.
We also thank our current donors that continue to make significant investments in the work and mandate of the RHAP, including the Open Society Foundation, The Raith Foundation, Global Health Advocacy Incubator, and Bill and Melinda Gates foundation.