AP PROJECT: Good Primary Health Care Practices in KwaZulu-Natal

STATUS: December 2011 – December 2012
FUNDER/S: Atlantic Philanthropies
PARTNER/S: KwaZulu-Natal National Department of Health, Health Systems Trust, Centre for Rural Health and University of KwaZulu Natal School of Public Health Medicine
AREA: South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal

In 2008 HST received a grant from Atlantic Philanthropies (AP) to to strengthen district and sub-district management capacity in planning, management and resource allocation through technical support and training. In response to strengthening district management, theconceptof documenting “good” practices was adapted to Primary Health Care to enable health care professionals to learn from PHC practices across KwaZulu-Natal.The selection criteria adapted from the World Health Organization were used to select 8 Primary Health Care practices from the following districts: Sisonke, Umkhanyakude, Ilembe and eThekwini. 

Following the implementation phase of the project, the “good practices” were analyzed and validated by public health personnel.  Health Systems Trust is now at the write up and dissemination phase of the project. The results have been written in the context of public health care policy and the PHC reengineering strategy.  The project abstract was accepted at the Point PHASA and RuDASA Conference in September 2012 where the key findings of the project was presented and project was met with support and enthusiasm from fellow researchers.

The first draft of the report has been produced.  The project entitled “Documenting Good Practices in Primary Health Care, KwaZulu-Natal” provides the reader with objectives of the project and will help facilitate knowledge sharing of lessons learnt and successes in the implementation of Primary Health Care in KwaZulu-Natal. Health System’s Trust is now finalizing the report and working with its partners to prepare for its launch.

  • Identify current “Good practices” within Primary Health Care in KwaZulu-Natal
  • Identify successes achieved by the practices
  • Identify the implementation challenges of the practice and local solutions in response to these challenges
  • Identify lessons learnt from these practices that can be replicated in other settings.



Project Director:

Dr. Waasila Jassat


Project Manager:

Thesandree Padayachee


Facilitators :

Tshitshi Ngubo
Mzikazi Masuku



Thesandree Padayachee
Tamlyn Seunanden


For further information contact the Project Manager, Ms. Thesandree Padayachee at thesandree.padayachee@hst.org.za