Current Projects

Projects listed in this section are those currently in progress. Once a project is completed the project reference is moved to the Archived Projects category. Each project reference below leads to a one-page description, which also has links to related project reports (where available). Accessing all the projects on a specific topic (both current and archived) is best done through the Search function at the top of the webpage, limiting the search to Projects by using the appropriate selection button.

Programme: Health Systems Research

A synthesis of NDoH-funded HST research and activities – reviewing the evidence: 2011-2015
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Project description
The National Department of Health has funded Health Systems Trust’s research activities for many years and since 2011, there has been a renewed commitment to fund our research outputs, including the District Health Barometer and the South African Health Review. This has enabled HST’s Health Systems Research (HSR) Unit to conduct a number of key studies generating a strong body of evidence relating to all health system building blocks that can inform policymaking.
Annual National Health Statistics
Project description
One of the key performance areas of the National Department of Health (NDoH) is to publish a regular report containing key health indicators. Together with key external contributors, HST has been commissioned by the NDoH to produce an Annual National Health Statistics publication in electronic format which will serve as authoritative resource on national health statistics. These data comprehensively reflect service delivery and are disaggregated into national, provincial, district and sub-district...
Assessing Patient’s Experiences of Care in Primary Health Care Facilities in South Africa

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Assessing Patient’s Experiences of Care in Primary Health Care Facilities in South Africa

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Assessing Public Health and General Management Competencies of Health Facility Managers (CDC–FM Competencies study)
Project description
Since 2010, HST has led work in the area of competency assessments focusing on sub-district and PHC facility managers. The Assessment of the General Management and Public Health Competencies of Facility and other Sub-district Managers was concluded in 2012/13; this study revealed gaps in leadership and management capacity-building in the country, as well as the need to enhance competency assessment techniques and processes and extend this to other categories of staff working within the...
Assessment of the Status of Rollout of the PHC Re-engineering Strategy
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STATUS: Current
FUNDER/S: National Department of Health
PARTNER/S: National (and Provincial) Department(s) of Health
COLLABORATORS: University of the Western Cape (UWC)
AREA: South Africa: all nine provinces
Baseline Assessment Referral System: uMzinyathi District KZN
STATUS: The second draft of the project report has been completed and submitted for review. 
FUNDER/S: CDC-SA SURE
PARTNER/S: uMzinyathi District KZN and Health Systems Trust (HST)
COLLABORATORS: N/A
AREA: uMzinyathi District...
Conduct a Rapid Assessment for the estimated Burden of Disease for Vhembe Health District
STATUS: Current (October 2014 - March 2015)
FUNDER: Limpopo Department of Health
PARTNERS: Epi Result, Limpopo
AREA: Vhembe District in Limpopo Province
DESCRIPTION: The project will encompass a cross-sectional, descriptive study...
District Health Barometer (DHB) 2015/16
STATUS: Current
FUNDER: National Department of Health
PARTNERS: -
AREA: National
DESCRIPTION: The aim of the project is to develop an annual publication, accompanied by a CD, containing the results of the analysis and interpretation of aggregated and...
Documenting Good Practices within the South African Public Health Sector (Policy to Practice)
STATUS: Current
FUNDER/S: National Department of Health
PARTNER/S: Health Systems Trust (lead partner), Department(s) of Health (National, Provincial and District)
AREA: South Africa
DESCRIPTION: The first draft of the report for the National Good...
Health Sector Market Needs Analysis (ACHAP)
STATUS: Current
FUNDER/S:
African Comprehensive HIV & AIDS Partnerships (ACHAP)
PARTNER/S: N/A
COLLABORATORS: N/A
AREA: South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zambia
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Implementation of the Change Management Approach for Ideal Clinic Realisation and Maintenance

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The implementation of the Change Management Approach for Ideal Clinic Realisation and Maintenance

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Implementation of the Global Fund’s Programmatic Quality Assurance and Improvement Approach - Health Facility Assessment/Data Quality Review (HFA/DQR): Namibia

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Implementation of the Global Fund’s Programmatic Quality Assurance and Improvement Approach - Health Facility Assessment/Data Quality Review (HFA/DQR): Namibia

Description of the Project:          

The implementation of the programmatic quality assurance and improvement approach of the Global Fund includes the development of a joint work plan to include all stages of a Health Facility Assessment and Data Quality Review in Namibia.  

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Implementation of the Global Fund’s Programmatic Quality Assurance and Improvement Approach - Health Facility Assessment/Data Quality Review (HFA/DQR): Swaziland

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Implementation of the Global Fund’s Programmatic Quality Assurance and Improvement Approach  - Health Facility Assessment/Data Quality Review (HFA/DQR): Swaziland

Description of the Project:         

The implementation of the programmatic quality assurance and improvement approach of the Global Fund includes the development of a joint work plan to include all stages of a Health Facility Assessment and Data Quality Review in Swaziland.  

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Injury morbidity surveillance in Nyanga and Khayelitsha in the Western Cape: An ongoing assessment of the injury morbidity burden at health facilities in two high-violence communities

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Injury Morbidity Surveillance in Nyanga and Khayelitsha in the Western Cape: An Ongoing Assessment of the Injury Morbidity Burden at Health Facilities in Two High Violence Communities

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National Health Research Database (NHRD)
Project description
Developed by HST in collaboration with the National Department of Health (NDoH), the National Health Research Database (NHRD) is a web-based tool for use by the National Health Research Committee (PHRC) to monitor and track health research being conducted in South Africa. In the last financial year (2014/15), HST consolidated refinements to the database and piloted it in three provinces, namely KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape and Free State.
PEECHi (Programme for Economic Evaluation of Child & Maternal Health Interventions)
STATUS: Current (April 2013 – March 2016)
FUNDER/S: PRICELESS
PARTNER/S: Medical Research Council
AREA: South Africa
DESCRIPTION: Evidence informed guidance is needed for decision makers.
Quality Improvement Co-ordination (QI)
Project description
The Quality Improvement Co-ordination Project focuses on the provision of technical assistance for co-ordination and learning, enabling: the National Department of Health (NDoH) and the Office of Health Standards Compliance (OHSC) to conduct visits to the provinces; the co-ordination of meetings on behalf of the NDoH; the development of OHSC video material; and the documentation of relevant resources and good practices.
 
Health Systems Trust has...
Rationalisation of Registers (RoR) scale-up: National roll-out of rationalised registers
Project description
Implementation of RoR scale-up began on 2 February 2015 in Lejweleputswa District, Free State Province.
South African Health Review
STATUS: Annual
FUNDER/S: South African Department of Health
PARTNER/S: Nil
AREA: South Africa
DESCRIPTION: The South African Health Review (SAHR), an annual publication of HST since 1995, provides a South African...
The development of job profiles and competency assessments for district and sub-district staff
Project description
This project aims to develop a framework for District Health System management, clinical and support staffing.
The evaluation of maternal and child health service quality in OR Tambo District hospitals, Eastern Cape
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STATUS: Current
FUNDER/S: CDC
PARTNER/S:
Eastern Cape Department of Health
OR Tambo District Department of Health
Malizo Mphehle and St Barnabas Hospital Quality Improvement Teams
AREA: Malizo Mphehle and St Barnabas Hospitals

Programme: Health Systems Strengthening

Central Chronic Medicine Dispensing and Distribution Programme (CCMDD)
Project description
Over the past decade, South Africa has experienced an unprecedented growth in patients requiring access to long-term therapies. Not only has South Africa introduced universal access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) for patients living with HIV and AIDS, but there has also been a steady increase in the number of patients with non-communicable diseases (NCDs), requiring chronic therapy.  
 
South Africa’s changing epidemiological profile has led...
Couples Testing Project
STATUS: Current
FUNDER/S: CDC-Atlanta
PARTNER/S: CDC-South Africa
AREA: Rustenburg Sub-district, Bojanala District, North West Province
DESCRIPTION:
This project is a collaboration between HST, CDC SA and CDC Atlanta and...
Implementation of HIV Counselling and Testing Services (VCT II Project)
Project description

KfW/ German Financial Cooperation, through the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), funds the VCT II programme (VCT Phase II private component) for the implementation of HIV testing and counselling (HTC) services by private service providers in the Limpopo (LP) and Northern Cape (NC) Provinces.

MCA-Lesotho Health Systems Strengthening
STATUS: Current
FUNDER/S: The Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) in Lesotho with funding from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) of the US Government
PARTNER/S: National Institute of Health and Welfare (THL) of Finland, Health Systems Trust (HST) of South Africa and In-Develop of Sweden
AREA: Lesotho...
Rationalisation of Registers (RoR) and Optimisation of Patient Administration Systems (700 PHC Facilities)
Project description
The National Health Council (NHC) resolved to reduce the number of registers used in primary health care (PHC) facilities for the collection of health programme data and to optimise patient administration systems.
Rx Solution
Project description
Rx Solution is a software programme that supports regulation of stock control within public health facilities in addressing the perennial issue of drug stock-outs in South Africa.
 
Poor stock management leads to inefficiencies in the health service delivery cycle and value chain. These inefficiencies contribute to inadequate care of patients, especially those diagnosed with HIV, AIDS and TB, and to dissatisfaction among related support groups.
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South Africa Sustainable Response to HIV/AIDS (SA SURE) Plus

This SA SURE Plus project was preceded by the five-year SA SURE project, running from October 2011 to September 2016, with a sixth year extension to September 2017. The SA SURE project description, with its accompanying reports, can be found in the Archived Projects section of this website.

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