The Rural-Proofing Policy and Budgeting Programme (RPP)

RHAP is now in the second phase of the Rural-Proofing Policy and Budgeting Programme: Realising Rural Health Rights in Times of Austerity (RRA).

The objective of the RRA is to ensure equitable access to quality health care for rural people by promoting, protecting and fulfilling the right to health. We work towards achieving this end goal by budget analysis, research and local learning sites; technical advocacy to Government; stakeholder engagement; alliance building and campaigns; popular publications; story-telling and the law. The experiences and voices of HCWs and patients play a central role in our work, enhanced by technical analyses of root causes and proposed equity-based solutions.

The RRA has two broad components:

  • Promoting adequate budgets, efficient spending and policies that improve access to health care for rural communities through rural-proofing processes and principles
  • Protecting existing services to rural communities from cost-containment measures that lead to a deterioration of access in care and that disproportionally affect rural communities

For more information contact Russell at Russell@rhap.org.za

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 ...
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 ...
RHAP Response to “MINISTERIAL TASK TEAM COMMITTEE REPORT INTO INVESTIGATION OF SERVICE DELIVERY IN SELECT HOSPITALS”

RHAP Response to “MINISTERIAL TASK TEAM COMMITTEE REPORT INTO INVESTIGATION OF SERVICE DELIVERY IN SELECT HOSPITALS”

On the 14TH September 2017, the Minister of Health Dr. Aaron Motswaledi released the findings of a ministerial task team that investigated the status of service delivery in public hospitals. The report, 170914MTT_Report_14_September_2017 (1) findings confirmed the dire state of provincial health financing, the inadequacy of current budgets to s ...
GUIDELINES TO FACILITIES AND DISTRICTS FOR USE OF THE NORTH WEST PROVINCE RECRUITMENT PRIORITISATION TOOL

GUIDELINES TO FACILITIES AND DISTRICTS FOR USE OF THE NORTH WEST PROVINCE RECRUITMENT PRIORITISATION TOOL

The following guidelines were developed in 2017 by RHAP in partnership with Africa Health Placements for North West Province and supported by the National Department of Health. They can be applied in any other province. See also: http://www.rhap.org.za/context-north-west-critical-health-posts-project/ Introduction Following national and provinc ...
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 ...
PRESS RELEASE: ECDoH commitment to allocate 4 doctors at ailing Canzibe Hospital from July welcomed but crisis management needed now to bridge June month with 1 doctor left

PRESS RELEASE: ECDoH commitment to allocate 4 doctors at ailing Canzibe Hospital from July welcomed but crisis management needed now to bridge June month with 1 doctor left

The Rural Health Advocacy Project welcomes the news that the Eastern Cape Department of Health is recruiting four doctors to work at the 120-bed Canzibe District Hospital in OR Tambo District, in the Eastern Cape. Three of the four doctors are expected to start by 1 July. This comes after months of advocacy by various parties and through variou ...
Cutting Human Resources for Health – Who Pays?

Cutting Human Resources for Health – Who Pays?

This report shows both the gravity and the complexity of the HRH crisis for rural communities in South Africa. While many of the challenges described affect health services at all levels and in urban and peri-urban areas as well, it is clear that rural South Africans are uniquely vulnerable to the effects of staffing cuts, and disproportionatel ...
The Achilles Heel of the new NSP : Accountability and Equity

The Achilles Heel of the new NSP : Accountability and Equity

By Russell Rensburg As we move towards the release of South Africa’s latest National Strategic Plan for HIV/AIDS, TB and STI’s it is important to celebrate the successes achieved since the end of AIDS denialism and the introduction of a revitalised AIDS response in 2006. Getting there and sustaining the response has required significant politic ...