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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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Challenges and Hope: RHAP Report on Public Spending and Procurement in South African Healthcare

Today, the Rural Health Advocacy Project launches its highly anticipated report titled Procurement and Audit Outcomes in the South African Health Sector, the report not only sheds light on the critical gaps in the South African health sector’s procurement and spending. It also offers valuable insights into the factors affecting audit outcomes, the challenges associated with the NHI’s procurement, institutional arrangements and the potential for reform through the proposed Public Procurement Bill.

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NHI – Are the public procurement bill provisions enough to mitigate corruption risk? New report 

The recent passage of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill by the National Assembly. The NHI Bill, after twelve years in construction, represents a significant milestone in achieving universal healthcare coverage for all South Africans. However, concerns have been raised regarding the governance arrangements of the fund. This some critics have argued would make the fund susceptible to corruption that would undermine its stated intent.

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New report reveals how South Africa’s nursing crisis can be solved in rural areas 

Today, on International Nurse Day, RHAP launched a report titled Nursing Community Service: The Answer to Rural Health System Challenges? This report looks at the challenges facing nursing in South Africa, such as deteriorating study and working conditions, loss of incentives, lack of financial support, and poor ethical leadership. This could have dire consequences for the health system and the realization of Universal Health Coverage (UHC). 

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On International Nurse Day, let us recognize the critical role of nurses in addressing health system challenges in rural South Africa

Join RHAP and RuNurSA in commemoration of  International Nursing Day on Friday, May 12 2023. Nursing is a critical component of healthcare delivery in South Africa, with 56% of healthcare workers being nurses.

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TB programmes in South Africa must become more transparent

Today the consortium launched the second State of TB report titled Tackling governance gaps to improve care. As part of the report, the focus is on strengthening the governance of TB programmes and community-led governance at the grassroots level.

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