Awards & Recognition

Case Study of RHAP by Atlantic Philanthrophies (2016)

RHAP provides an innovative, highly effective and cost-efficient way of creating a powerful voice for driving the pro-rural health improvements agenda in South Africa. Its team is small, but highly skilled. Its partnership approach enables RHAP to deliver results efficiently, and eliminates the need for RHAP to grow into a sizeable and costly organisation. RHAP enables a network of small, diverse and disparate organisations to work together to achieve far more than any could on their own.

RHAP External Evaluation (2014)

“RHAP is a remarkable and unique initiative in the fields of health policy and rural development. In the five years of existence it has operated in innovative, deeply collaborative ways to build a network of diverse relationships with partners, and, as a result, has had an impact way beyond what its size and period of operation would suggest” (….) “There is clear evidence that the 2012-2014 objectives have been realised and, in many cases, exceeded.”

This evaluation was conducted towards the end of 2014 for the Atlantic Philantrhophies, one of RHAP’s major funders.

One Africa Award (2012)

With entries from 250 organisations across Africa, the RHAP was one of the five finalists of the 2012 One Africa Award. The One Africa Team conducted a due diligence visit to the RHAP offices, and visited one of the rural facilities that we work closely with. The One Africa website and blog posted the following: While its offices may be in downtown Johannesburg, RHAP works for the rights of South African’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 given a voice to rural health workers that they never had before.- Nealon DeVore, ONE

“RHAP has made ‘rural-proofing’ a new buzzword in the advocacy world – they give rural health practitioners the ability to speak out.” – Nealon DeVore, ONE

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Wits Vice-Chancellor’s Team Award for Academic Citizenship (2012)

The RHAP won the Wits Vice-Chancellor’s Team Award for Academic Citizenship in September 2012. The award was handed over during a festive ceremony. Academic citizenship refers to a team’s cooperative involvement in the community of their Faculty, the University, the wider national community, and the international community of scholars, in delivering a service, performing tasks, and making contributions to the functioning, well-being, and upliftment of communities. The award recognised RHAP’s commitment to human rights in relation to rural health care.


Top 200 Young South Africans 

In recognition of RHAP’s mandate and achievements, RHAP’s Director Marije Versteeg-Mojanaga was selected one of the Top 200 Young South Africans in 2011. The list of 200 young people published annually by the Mail and Guardian refers to individuals ” who are truly helping to set a new agenda for South Africa..(…) chosen for their impact, their creativity and the resonance of their values with the project of building the South Africa that we all want to live in: vibrant, prosperous, equitable, diverse and hungry for the challenges of growth and change (Nic Dawes, Editor). Read more