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307 interns are still without an offer of employment for 2017 due to budget cuts

307 interns are still without an offer of employment for 2017 due to budget cuts

The RHAP is very concerned but not surprised about the news that broke this morning that 307 interns are still without an offer of employment for 2017 due to budget cuts (point 8 below). While the memo below refers to the education crisis as the main reason for the budget cut (point 9), this is symptomatic for a broader problem: the overall underfunding for health workforce growth needed to fill critical posts and exp ...
MTBPS 2016: The Rural Health Advocacy Project warns against further health service cuts to those most in need following continued fiscal consolidation

MTBPS 2016: The Rural Health Advocacy Project warns against further health service cuts to those most in need following continued fiscal consolidation

Rural Health Advocacy Project Press Statement MTBPS 2016: The Rural Health Advocacy Project warns against further health service cuts to those most in need following continued fiscal consolidation 27 October 2016 Following the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) by Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, on 26 October 2016, we reflect in this statement on the implications for delivery of health services to most d ...
RHAP presents on “protection of critical health posts” at North West Province Health and Treasury Roundtable

RHAP presents on “protection of critical health posts” at North West Province Health and Treasury Roundtable

On 6 September the RHAP participated and presented at a provincial roundtable in Orkney, North West Province, on the recruitment and retention of health care workers in rural areas, with a focus on the protection of critical health posts in a context of budgetary constraints. The guidelines well well received by over 40 delegates from health and treasury. It was agreed amongst others to operationalise the guidelines t ...

What is a sustainable remote health workforce? People, practice and place

New publication in Remote and Rural Health, 2016, by LL Onis. Introduction: In rural and remote regions, access to healthcare services is reliant on the availability of a competent workforce. The global challenge for the attraction and retention of health professionals in rural and remote regions is exacerbated by inconsistent management practices, as well as the disparity of distribution of health professionals betwe ...
RHAP Student Advocacy Training at Stellenbosch Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

RHAP Student Advocacy Training at Stellenbosch Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

“This was really insightful & interesting. Perfect time and stuff we haven’t learnt before. Very necessary!!!” “A very eye opening session that made me realise how we as students shouldn’t think we can’t do anything” (Students feedback). “Very motivating and empowering. Thank you!” From 15 to 19 August 2016, RHAP provided a week-long advocacy workshops to over ...

Mental health nurses in South Africa’s public rural primary care settings: a human resource crisis

In this recently published research in the Rural and Remote Health Journal, De Kock and Pillay report a “a distressing shortage of Mental Health Nurses (MHNs) in South Africa’s rural public areas. Only 62 (38.7%) of the 160 facilities employ MHNs, a total of 116 MHNs. These MHNs serve an estimated population of more than 17 million people, suggesting that MHNs are employed at a rate of 0.68 per 100 000 populatio ...
Achieving Universal Health Coverage

Achieving Universal Health Coverage

In this WHO publication, Prof Wong argues that the real challenge in achieving Universal Health Coverage is the delivery of services to those who are hardest to reach. “Without a focus on reach, resources will be wasted and the number of preventable and treatable illnesses will remain high.”  Unpacking the example of Brazil’s Bolsa Family Programme he demonstrates that the problem of “reachR ...
Statement of the National Health Assembly: 27 June 2016

Statement of the National Health Assembly: 27 June 2016

The National Health Assembly, held at the University of the Western Cape from 24 – 26 June brought together organisations and individuals from all provinces in South Africa and beyond. The NHA participants identified the following issues around health and health care provision in South Africa: the need for community participation including health committees; the problem of human resources in health; problems around ma ...

NHI White Paper Submission by Rural Partners Network: “THINK RURAL”!

The South African government is currently embarking on one of its most ambitious transformation projects of the last 20 years. The introduction of the National Health Insurance (NHI) has the potential to fundamentally shift how the provision of health care is funded, how the system is structured and how services are accessed. The NHI could, if implemented to its full potential, could be one of the country’s most impor ...