Policy Advocacy

Our Policy Advocacy Work is part of the RHAP’s Goal 1 , which aims to ensure that new and existing health policies are rural-friendly. Over the past years RHAP has coordinated various policy submissions, often with input from our rural partners such as RuDASA, RuRESA and the Centres for Rural Health. Read more about our submissions below.

Development of the North West Critical Health Posts Tool

Development of the North West Critical Health Posts Tool

After years of research and advocacy, The Rural Health Advocacy Project announces the next step in our Critical Health Posts work – a pilot project in North West Province that places not only clinical consequences at the centre of decision-making but also rurality factors and vulnerable patient groups. A project that promotes equity and a ...
Rural Health Resource Mapping Guide – Who Cares?

Rural Health Resource Mapping Guide – Who Cares?

This guide, the RHAP Rural Health Resource Mapping Guide, a culmination of three years of research and stakeholder engagement, was developed for all policymakers, advocates, managers and stakeholders wishing to develop and influence policies, budgets and implementation plans that protect, promote and advance access to quality health care for ru ...
Health budget fails to address HR crisis

Health budget fails to address HR crisis

In the tabling of the national department of health’s budget for 2017/2018, minister of health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, delivered an impassioned address about a health system in transition to achieving universal access. Few could argue with the minister on the need for radical reform of a health system where socio economic status is still a key de ...
Making fair choices on the path to universal health coverage. Final report of the WHO Consultative Group on Equity and Universal Health Coverage’. World Health Organisation (2014)

Making fair choices on the path to universal health coverage. Final report of the WHO Consultative Group on Equity and Universal Health Coverage’. World Health Organisation (2014)

Executive summary Universal health coverage (UHC) is defined as all people receiving quality health services that meet their needs without being exposed to financial hardship in paying for the services. Given resource constraints, this does not entail all possible services, but a comprehensive range of key services that is well aligned with oth ...
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 t ...

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 ...
Press Statement: The RHAP welcomes the Health Minister’s statement on staffing moratoria and calls for the protection of critical health posts in times of austerity

Press Statement: The RHAP welcomes the Health Minister’s statement on staffing moratoria and calls for the protection of critical health posts in times of austerity

The RHAP welcomes the Health Minister’s statement on staffing moratoria and calls for the protection of critical health posts in times of austerity 9 February 2016 The RHAP welcomes the Minister’s statement[1] to the press dated 8 February in which he responds to allegations of “frozen posts” in the health system. In his response the Minister w ...
Causes, implications and possible responses to the implementation of staffing moratoria in the public health system in South Africa during times of budget austerity

Causes, implications and possible responses to the implementation of staffing moratoria in the public health system in South Africa during times of budget austerity

The purpose of this working paper is to draw attention to the causes, consequences and possible responses to the implementation of moratoria on the filling of posts within the health system. Human resource moratoria, also referred to as the ‘freezing of posts’, have become an increasingly common occurrence within the public health system over t ...

Improving access to antiretrovirals in rural South Africa – a call to action

In this editorial published this week in the SAMJ, RHAP and other health scientists, advocates and health care providers call for improved access to ARVs in rural areas, notably through rural nurse prescribing and dispensing legislation. Improving access to antiretrovirals in rural South Africa – a call to action South Africa (SA) already has t ...
Rural Health Update # 3: Rural-Proofing Health Care Financing in SA

Rural Health Update # 3: Rural-Proofing Health Care Financing in SA

The transformation of the health sector can only truly improve access to historically neglected rural communities if persistent structural inequities are addressed. These inequities relate to the distribution of financial, human and material resources. This third issue of Rural Health Update deals with inequities in the allocation of financial ...