Universal Access and Transport
Rural communities face disproportionate barriers when it comes to accessing health care in terms of time, distance and costs. This Rural Health Update advanced the argument that the concept of Universal Access needs to be defined differently. Policy initiatives aimed at promoting access to health care “regardless of socio-economic status”, should also promote equity in access “regardless of geographical location”. All reasonable measures should be put in place to ensure rural communities’ access is not limited by their place of residence.
The South African context for WHO guidelines to securing HR4RH
The WHO global policy recommendations on increasing access to health workers in remote and rural areas through improved recruitment and retention: The South African Context
The state of the right to Health in rural SA
A number of questions must be taken into consideration to ‘rural-proof’ key strategies currently being introduced, such as PHC re-engineering and National Health Insurance. From policy development to resource allocation and implementation, requirements for rural populations need to be taken into account to ensure equitable outcomes.