Monitoring Implementation

The RHAP regularly receives feedback and requests for support from grassroots health care workers in rural areas. Often, these health care workers have tried to overcome service delivery challenges themselves by using internal reporting mechanisms. Where such efforts have failed, or where lives of patients are at immediate risk, they may seek external advice and support. This has resulted in various RHAP interventions, often in collaboration with our partner organisations. The need for this work has resulted in two specific stand-alone projects: the Stop Stock Outs Project, of which RHAP is a founding members and the Health Care Provider Support Programme, which aims to strengthen the knowledge base and confidence of HCPs to act on local challenges that put the lives and well-being of their patients at risk.

TAC’s GS on the Elephant in the Room at #SAAIDS2015

TAC’s GS on the Elephant in the Room at #SAAIDS2015

Political obstacles to improving access to healthcare in South Africa Anele Yawa, TAC General Secretary – Speech at SA AIDS 2015 Plenary Ladies and gentlemen, friends, comrades, thank you for the opportunity to address you this morning. I am Anele Yawa. I am the General Secretary of the Treatment Action Campaign. We are a civil society or ...
Press Release: Stop Stockouts Project urges emergency response to chronic drug shortages in SA

Press Release: Stop Stockouts Project urges emergency response to chronic drug shortages in SA

CHRONIC DRUG SHORTAGES THREATEN GAINS OF SA’S ANTI-RETROVIRAL TREATMENT (ART) PROGRAMME; CIVIL SOCIETY CALLS FOR BOLD ACTION  Stop Stock Outs Project releases second annual survey indicating persistent medicine shortages in majority of provinces and calls for an emergency response DURBAN – Chronic shortages of essential medicines, including ant ...
Mpumalanga Orthopaedics crisis; overtime and community service allocations

Mpumalanga Orthopaedics crisis; overtime and community service allocations

On the 25th of February, RHAP, RuDASA and RuRESA submitted a Letter to the DDG for Health in Mpumalanga Province in relation to three key concerns: the orthopaedics crisis; the over-time policy which disadvantages rural health; and the community service allocations in 2012 to mostly urban areas. Scant responses were received back prompting RHAP ...
STATEMENT BY SECTION27, BEMF, RHAP, TAC: NORTH WEST HEALTH MEC LUXURY VEHICLE PURCHASE VIOLATES THE RIGHT TO ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE SERVICES

STATEMENT BY SECTION27, BEMF, RHAP, TAC: NORTH WEST HEALTH MEC LUXURY VEHICLE PURCHASE VIOLATES THE RIGHT TO ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE SERVICES

On 16 and 17 May 2014, reports emerged about the purchase of a new vehicle for the MEC for Health in the North West Province. The vehicle was reported to have cost R940 000 and to have been paid for using money in cost centres dedicated to the purchase of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) vehicles. The reports appeared on the Mail & Guardian ...
Re-Imagining Rural Health – The State of Rural Health 20 years into Democracy

Re-Imagining Rural Health – The State of Rural Health 20 years into Democracy

Originally published in the May 2014 newsletter of the Public Health Association of South Africa (PHASA). Daygan Eagar, Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP)’s health budget specialist and Programme Manager for the Rural-Proofing Policy and Budgeting Programme. He provides health budget and policy monitoring training to communities and civil soc ...
Advocate for Improvements using the National Core Standards for Health Establishments

Advocate for Improvements using the National Core Standards for Health Establishments

Published in 2011, the main aim of the National Core Standards for Health Establishments is to: •  Develop a common definition of quality care which should be found in all health establishments in South Africa, as a guide to the public and to managers and staff at all levels; •  Establish a benchmark against which health establishments can be a ...
Rural Health: Grossly Unequal but Some Hope

Rural Health: Grossly Unequal but Some Hope

Groundup Opinion Piece. 03 December 2013. Dr Thomas Yates reflects on the state of rural health in this opinion piece published in GroundUp on the 3rd December 2013. While there are significant unmet health needs in many parts of South Africa, they are particularly acute in historically disadvantaged rural areas. Read the full article here. ...

IST reports on the state of the health system and the public’s right to know

More than a year after their finalisation and after many frustrated attempts by civil society organisations and the media to access them – including through the Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 – SECTION27 and the Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP) have finally been leaked copies of all the provincial reports compiled by the Integ ...