Assessment of District Hospital Peformance

STATUS: September 2011 – January 2013 Phase 1 of the project has been completed Data collection for Phase 2 has been completed. The study report is being finalised.
FUNDER/S: National Department of Health
PARTNER/S: National (and Provincial) Department(s) of Health and Health Systems Trust
AREA: South Africa: All nine provinces
DESCRIPTION: This project assesses the performance of district hospitals in South Africa in key areas of hospital management using seven hospital performance indicators. Individual facility data is compared to national and provincial indicator average values over a period of three financial years: 2008/2009; 2009/2010 and 2010/2011. The second phase of the project entails detailed analysis of district hospital data; comparison of hospitals, districts, provinces; review of targets and norms and qualitative investigation of selected hospitals, districts and provinces.
  • To assess the performance of all district hospitals using seven key hospital performance indicators
  • To reviewselected hospital performance indicator targets and norms
  • To encourage the utilisation of routine data for quality improvement at facility level
Project Director Dr. René English (contact: or by phone, +27 21 7620700)
Senior Researcher Sizulu Moyo
Other team members Rene English, Thokozani Mbatha, Catherine Ogunmefun, Rhulane Madale, Fiorenza Monticelli, Natasha Chetty, Stiaan Byleveld
Technical Advisors: Dr Peter Barron
For further information contact the Senior Researcher, Dr S Moyo, at