South Africa can’t just “move-on” from Covid-19 without absorbing valuable lessons 

A new report released today, on Universal Health Coverage Day, by Rural Health Advocacy Project reveals that the health system disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic compromised the gains made in many programmes in this sector. It also highlighted various inequities in the current structure of the health system


Despite some positives, budget is not up to our health challenges

South Africa is one of the most unequal societies in the world. This inequality extends beyond mere income inequality and permeates all aspects of society -also our health system.


Reflections on a budget of ‘unmet expectations’

In the week leading up to the tabling of the medium-term budget policy statement, expectations were high that addressing the impact of poverty and inequality would feature strongly.


Healthcare in South Africa: how inequity is contributing to inefficiency

The National Health Insurance Scheme was introduced by the South African government to balance the scales in the highly unequal healthcare system. But there are many unanswered questions.


Navigating abortion barriers in rural areas

Onke Jezile, founder of Lethabo la Azania, a non-profit organisation that works with children and the youth in Engcobo in the Eastern Cape, says for pregnant women in rural areas seeking abortion services is an uphill battle.


This advocacy group is helping ensure no one in South Africa is left behind in COVID-19 response

Global Citizen spoke with Russell Rensburg, director of the Rural Health Advocacy Project.

Nurses stand outside the department of health to air their frustration over performing duties meant for professional nurses while being paid community service salaries. / KABELO MOKOENA

Reflections on the future of nursing in South Africa

On June 17 the Rural Health Advocacy Project hosted a webinar themed “The Future of Nursing in South Africa: Challenges, Opportunities and Social Accountability in Nursing Education”. Professor Laetitia Rispel, SA Research chair on the Health Workforce at Wits delivered the opening address on challenges facing the nursing profession. The below is an edited version of her talk.