Author Archives: Rural Health Advocacy Project

Are South African health workers being silenced into malpractice?

By Karessa Govender, Published in The Daily Maverick, 17 November 2017 https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/opinionista/2017-11-17-are-south-african-health-workers-being-silenced-into-malpractice/#.Wg6MYROCxE4 “There is really no such thing as the ‘voiceless’. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.” The word ...
22 November, Public Debate: Raising Alarm and Being Heard

22 November, Public Debate: Raising Alarm and Being Heard

Programme: 22Nov HCW Advocacy Debate Programme Date:  22 November 2017, 1530 for 16:00 – 18:30 Place: University of the Witwatersrand, School of Public Health, Resource Centre RSVP: For catering purposes RSVP by Monday 20 Nov to Karessa@rhap.org.za In a context of an ailing health system faced with many challenges, patients and their families n ...
Press Release: Rural Mental Health Campaign calls on action by SAHRC Investigation and sustained action needed

Press Release: Rural Mental Health Campaign calls on action by SAHRC Investigation and sustained action needed

Today the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) starts its national hearing on the status of mental health care in South Africa. The Rural Mental Health Campaign (RMHC) welcomes this much-needed step to access and improve mental healthcare access in South Africa and will be presenting its research and recommendations to the panel. In 20 ...
Resource Requirements for Community-Based Care in Rural, Deep-rural and Peri-urban Sub-districts.  A comparative analysis in 2 districts in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal

Resource Requirements for Community-Based Care in Rural, Deep-rural and Peri-urban Sub-districts. A comparative analysis in 2 districts in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal

This study was conducted by the MRC and RHAP to compare the resource implications (both financial and human resources) of the CHW components of WBOT between rural and urban communities. The study focuses on different community-based service models implemented in two provinces to highlight potential differences between urban and rural sub-distri ...
Nyandeni Imbizo Report

Nyandeni Imbizo Report

On the 15th of August 2017, the Rural Health Advocacy Project in partnership with the Canzibe Hospital Board held a Community Dialogue/Imbizo at the Canzibe Community Hall. Partner organisations that were present were TAC, One2One Enable Mothers, The Jabulani Foundation and RuDASA. The imbizo was attended by over 150 community members from Canz ...
RHAP Submission to Parliament #MTBPS2017

RHAP Submission to Parliament #MTBPS2017

Submission to the Standing Committee on Appropriations Re: Division of Revenue Adjustment Bill, MTBPS 2017 The Rural Health Advocacy Project wishes to make a submission on the MTBPS and its impact on health. This submission is structured as follows: First, we consider the current status of healthcare delivery in the public sector, secondly, we ...
The Next Generation of Health Care Worker – Clinical Associates

The Next Generation of Health Care Worker – Clinical Associates

Reflections from the rural Eastern Cape By: Sharon Gostino, RHAP intern During my training as a public health practitioner two years back we learnt about the role of various health cadres but little mention was made of the new health cadre of Clinical Associate that was introduced in South Africa in 2008. This was not by chance – in general lit ...
Personal Reflections on The Health System- Are we Doing Enough?

Personal Reflections on The Health System- Are we Doing Enough?

By: Samantha Khan-Gillmore October has been a disastrous month on all fronts. It will probably go down in the annals of history for many reasons. Durban had a devastating storm, displacing hundreds of families and wrecking damage to many properties. Another reshuffling of cabinet shocked the country in the space of six months. A review of the S ...
PRE-MTBPS STATEMENT: DEAR MINISTER OF FINANCE, WILL THE ONGOING BUDGET CRISIS IN HEALTH BE ADDRESSED OR DO WE NEED TO BRACE FOR FURTHER DECLINE?

PRE-MTBPS STATEMENT: DEAR MINISTER OF FINANCE, WILL THE ONGOING BUDGET CRISIS IN HEALTH BE ADDRESSED OR DO WE NEED TO BRACE FOR FURTHER DECLINE?

This week, Minister Malusi Gigaba will deliver his maiden Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) at National Parliament. The MTBPS is a crucial part of government’s budget cycle and provides an update on the government spending plans for the next three years. A lot has changed since February when the former minister Mr Pravin Gordhan table ...