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Senior Researcher

Health Systems Trust (HST) is seeking to appoint a Senior Researcher to manage existing and/or new projects (or components of projects) within the Research Programme cluster.

History of HST


  • April 1992 - HST is registered as a Trust, 3 staff are employed
  • Our Mission Statement and Deed of Trust are established
  • Founding Trustees are: Christopher Garbers, David Power, Rachel Gumbi, Jocelyne Kane-Berman, Jairam Reddy (chair), Olive Shisana, Nicky Padayachee, Nkosazana Zuma, Wiseman Nkuhlu
  • HST holds 10 regional consultative workshops over a 3 month period aimed at shaping and refining its research programme within the brief described by the mission statement.
  • Funding provided by Kaiser Family Foundation, Kagiso Trust, and the National Department of Health


  • April 1993 HST is officially launched
  • David Harrison is executive director, Jaraim Reddy is the chairperson
  • HST now has 12 Trustees
  • HST funds 25 health systems research projects to the value of R4.5million


  • HealthLink is established as a pilot project in 3 provinces
  • The first Update is published in November
  • HST attracts support from several other funders
  • The research projects supported by HST provide an opportunity for researchers to contribute significantly to health system reform, following the election of a democratic government.


  • The first South African Health Review is published and launched. Described by the media as 'the first of what is expected to become the standard annual reference work on the health sector'.
  • An assessment on HST research and skills development programmes show that HST supported research had a significant impact on health policy.


  • David Mametja is appointed as executive director
  • The Initiative for sub-district support (ISDS) is established
  • The HST and HealthLink web sites are launched and the first Healthlink News issue is published
  • The Reproductive Health Research Fund is launched


  • HST conducts an internal strategic review and planning exercise to review and refocus the organisation.
  • HealthLink launches e-mail discussion lists, participates in the Second World Rural Health Congress held in Durban and provides up-to-date information to web browsers around the world.


  • Jaraim Reddy and the original founding Trustees retire from the Board having served the maximum 6-year term in office and a new Board of Trustees headed by Marian Jacobs as chairperson takes over.
  • The ISDS programme expands dramatically to 18 facilitators working in 21 districts.
  • The Equity Gauge is developed
  • HST's programmes are re-positioned to add more value to the work that is being done by various stakeholders in an effort to improve the health system


  • The District Health Systems Conference is held with the National Department of Health
  • An external review of the ISDS is carried out. The report findings are that ISDS has made a significant and positive contribution to DHS development within South Africa.
  • A National Nursing Summit, a partnership between the National Department of Health, the South African Nursing Council and HST is held with 178 delegates in attendance


  • Marian Jacobs completes her tenure as Board member and Dr Zola Njongwe takes on chairmanship.
  • The HST web site was awarded two prizes by the UNESCO funded WoYaa! awards. 1st in the Sciences category and 5th in the Community Development category.
  • The Global Equity Gauge Alliance GEGA is established and the secretariat and chair is housed within HST
  • loveLife is launched and HST takes fiduciary responsibility for loveLife


  • Lillian Dudley is appointed as managing director
  • The Research Programme establishes several new inhouse projects, namely PMTCT, STI Initiative, Mapping HIV Resources, and Devolution and Decentralisation projects.
  • The Initiative for Sub District Support (ISDS) has seen the inclusion of the Male Sexuality and Reproductive Health projects, the EU Tender (worth R14.5 million) as well as the INP project.
  • HST employs 75 staff and administers close on 100 grants.


  • HST and the National Department of Health jointly organise the National HIV/AIDS Scientific Forum in August 2002
  • HST and PHASA co-host the 2003 Public Health Conference
  • The 8th SAHR Review is launched in March 2003
  • HST provides input to the National Health Bill processes through its submissions and hosting workshops for parliamentarians on the Bill.
  • HST conducts a Strategic Review process to set its direction for the next decade.
  • Dr Zola Njongwe completes her tenure as chair of the board and Patrick Masobe takes on chairmanship.
  • The 2003/4 SAHR provides a 10 year perspective on progress in the health system.
  • The National Primary Health Care Facility Survey for 2003 is published.
  • Integrated Nutrition Project wins the Impumelelo award as recognition for its contribution for improving health status of communities through the household food security programme.


  • Lilian Dudley appointed as CEO of HST in March 2005.
  • HST's trusteeship of loveLife ends in December 2004.
  • HST senior managers "take HST to the People" and conduct a provincial "road show"
  • HST extends its regional activities in southern Africa with the SADC Project on Sexually Transmitted Infections in selected cross border/high transmission sites in Botswana , Lesotho , Namibia and Swaziland.
  • HST participates in the African Regional Platform on Human Resources for Health in Abuja (Feb 2005) and in Brazzaville (July 2005).
  • National Dept awards a contract to review and strengthen the National Health Information Systems;
  • The SAHR 2005 focuses on Human Resources for Health.


  • HST celebrates the 15th Anniversary of its formation.
  • HST's strategy is revised to focus on: key content areas of governance of the health system; assessing and strengthening management systems; supporting the Primary Health Care approach to public health; and, expanding research and support into priority programme areas.
  • HST's research and projects engage proactively in order to more effectively address global health priorities and achieve global goals, and, in particular, the Millennium Development Goals
  • HST parts with Health-e news.
  • The South African Human rights Commission finds that South Africa has not yet attained the "Right to Health" enshrined by its Constitution.
  • The SAHR 2006 focuses on Maternal, Child and Women's Health.


  • HST presents its showcase conference in October in celebration of the 15th Anniversary of its formation.
  • The 2006/2007 edition of the District Health Barometer is published.
  • Ms Jeanette Hunter elected as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees
  • Dr Thobile Mbengashe appointed as CEO.
  • The SAHR 2007 focuses on the role of the private sector as part of the health system.
  • HST has a complement of 79 employees.


  • The 2007/2008 edition of the District Health Barometer published and launched at a gala function attended by over 200 people.
  • Dr Seadimo Chaba elected as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees
  • Ms Jeanette Hunter appointed as CEO.
  • The SAHR 2008 focuses on Primary Health Care in South Africa: A review of 30 years since Alma Ata.
  • Three-year HISDC project commences with the target of training 3050 data capturers.


  • The 2007/2008 edition of the District Health Barometer published and launched at a gala function attended by over 200 people.
  • Professor Welile Shasha elected as chairman of the Board of Trustees
  • HST enters into a four-year project to strengthen health systems in the Kingdom of Lesotho, in conjunction with international partners
  • Fifth edition of DHB published in electronic format


  • SAHR 2010 (14th edition) focuses on Reflections on MDGs and Perspectives of the National Health Insurance
  • HST awarded, as lead partner, the National Facilities Audit
  • New interim structure (two directorates: Programmes and Corporate Services) adopted and implemented
  • HST Turnabout Strategy approved by Board of Trustees and implementation commences