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Our Vision

Improved health equity in a healthier Africa​

Our Mission

Driving change for comprehensive and equitable health systems through research and capacity development​

​Our Approach

Our approach is based on:
  • the primary health care philosophy 
  • generating evidence-based interventions, good practice and innovations 
  • providing management, implementation and research support at all levels of the health system 
  • providing guidance, mentoring and training 
  • taking action to address the influence of the social determinants of health on the burden of disease 
  • tailoring our work to local contexts 
  • creating, sharing, storing and curating new knowledge​​​​​

​Our core values

We are a learning organisation that is:
  • Committed to excellence
  • People-centred
  • Honest and transparent
  • Innovative
  • Responsive
  • Knowledge-drive​n​​
  • Collaborative

​Our Board of Trustees

  • Dr Dumani Kula

    Dr Dumani Kula has an MBChB and a Master’s degree in Business Administration, and offers 17 years of professional experience spanning the public and private sectors, local and international enterprises, as well as clinical and executive management roles. Currently serving as Deputy CEO at Clinix Health Group, Dr Kula was formerly the senior executive overseeing health expenditure at Discovery Health. Leading a team of doctors, pharmacists, nurses, actuaries, statisticians and other allied health professionals, he was responsible for provider contracting, the managed care strategy, clinical policy and health economics, risk intelligence, and business intelligence. Dr Kula serves on the boards of the Witkoppen Health and Welfare Centre, Montrose Primary School, and Kingdom Development Initiative, and is an author and motivational speaker.

  • Mr Shadrack Mapetla
    Deputy Chair

    Mr Shadrack (Shad) K Mapetla is the founding shareholder and chairperson of Biotech Laboratories, the first black-owned and run pharmaceutical manufacturer in South Africa. His involvement in the pharmaceutical industry covers a number of years at a senior level for Aspen Pharmacare (as Chief Executive and Director: Corporate Affairs), Lesotho Pharma Corporation as Chief Executive and Boots Pharma in the UK. Mr Mapetla holds a number of qualifications which includes an MSc in Analytical Chemistry from the USA and a Drug Quality Assurance qualification from Stockholm in Sweden. He has held a number of directorships and is the current Executive Chair of Forever Afrika, the founding company of Biotech Laboratories.

  • Adv. Bridgette Sehlapelo
    HST Trustee

    Advocate Bridgette Sehlapelo holds an LLB degree, LLM (Masters in Tax), Certificate in Legislation drafting, and Certificate in Competition Law from the University of Pretoria. She further holds an MBL (Masters in Business Leadership) degree from UNISA School of Business Leadership. She was admitted as an Attorney in 2002 and started her career as a practising Attorney and later moved to various state-owned enterprises where she was an in-house legal practitioner on different levels, including Senior management/Executive.  During her tenure as an in-house legal practitioner, she worked in different institutions, specialising in various areas of law. Advocate Sehlapelo later joined the Advocate's Bar where she is presently practising as an Advocate.  

  • Ms Lalita Harie
    HST Trustee

    Lalita Harie has an illustrious career in the mental health field, spanning over 40 years, of which almost 20 were served as Executive Director of a large mental health NGO in South Africa. Ms Harie has a wealth of experience in strategy, people and community development, operational management, governance, and service delivery. Her formal qualifications include a BA in Social Work, an Honours in Psychology, and a host of courses in leadership and governance. She has received numerous recognition awards and acknowledgements, including being selected by the U.S Department of State for Mental Health Programmes for their International Visitors Leadership Programme (IVLP) twice, the second time as an IVLP Gold Star Alumni Participant. She has also participated in numerous conferences in the mental health field. 

  • Professor Salome Maswime
    HST Trustee

    Professor Maswime is an associate Professor and Head of Global Surgery at the University of Cape Town and the President of the South African Clinician Scientists Society. She is a former research fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and former lecturer at Wits University. She is a Next Einstein Fellow and a World Economic Forum Young Scientist. After qualifying as a medical doctor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Prof Maswime specialised as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, completed an MMED and Ph.D degree in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and has worked at various hospitals. She is an advisor and consultant to several institutions, including the World Health Organization. She has received numerous awards for her commitment to maternal health.

  • Mr Leo Deodutt
    HST Trustee

    Mr Leo Deodutt has a Bachelor's degree in Accountancy, and a Master's degree in Taxation (UDW), and is currently finalising his DBA at UKZN's Graduate School of Business and Leadership. He is a Senior Lecturer based at UKZN's School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, where he is responsible for the Financial Planning Institute (FPI) accredited programmes. His focal areas include investments, portfolio construction, taxation and audit and risk management. He is the former acting Head of Internal Audit (UDW) and is currently serving as the Chairman of the UKZN Provident Fund and the Chairman of the UKZN Pension and Provident Fund's Investment committee. He is an active researcher, having successfully supervised many Masters students, and has published in High Impact Journals.

  • Ms Lerato Matsau
    HST Trustee

    Ms Lerato Matsau is a human resources practitioner and consultant with extensive private sector and NPO experience. She holds BA (Psychology and Sociology) and BSc Hons (Psychology) degrees.  She is the Director of the Human Palette, a human resource management and training consulting firm, is a certified facilitator and assessor for the Education Training and Development (EDTP) SETA and serves on the boards of Deliver a youth development NGO and Argon Securities​.

  • Dr Themba Moeti
    Ex officio CEO

    Dr Themba Moeti is the Chief Executive Officer of the Health Systems Trust. He qualified in medicine and public health from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He brings several years experience in the areas of health systems policy development and programme implementation, HIV and TB. He has co-authored several articles in the areas of HIV and TB. He serves as a member of the National HIV Think Tank and the Community Health Worker Think Tank of the National Department of Health.

  • ​Dr Tshegofatso Maimela
    HST Trustee

    ​Dr Tshegofatso Maimela is a Public Health Medicine Specialist, involved in Monitoring and Evaluation at a Central Academic Hospital in Gauteng Province. She has been in public service for 14 years. Her interests are in Health Management Information Systems and their use for Decision Making and health service improvements.

  • Dr Suresh Ramdial
    HST Trustee

    Dr Suresh Ramdial has been a Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management at the School of Management, University of Durban-Westville/University of KwaZulu-Natal for the past 35 years. He obtained his D.Admin at the University of Durban-Westville and Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Relations from the Natal University. Dr Ramdial is an external examiner at various South African universities, has supervised many dissertations and conducts training in the areas of Human Resource Management, Labour Relations, Business Ethics and Management. He sits on the Governing Body of Westville Boys' High School, the Advisory Board of King George V Hospital and the Senate of Richfield Graduate Institute.

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​Our Executive Committee

  • 1
    • Chief Executive Officer

      ​Dr Themba Moeti is the current Chief Executive Officer of Health Systems Trust.  He serves as a member of the Advisory Board for the University of the Witwatersrand Centre for Rural Hea...

  • 2
    • Director: Health Systems Strengthening Unit
      ​Ms Ronel Visser is currently the Director of our Health Systems Strengthening Unit.  She is a member of the National Health Data Advisory Committee and of the Ministerial Committee for dev...
  • 3
    • Director: Corporate Services
      Mr Deena Govender is the Director of Corporate Services. He is a member in good standing of the South Institute of Professional Accountants and frequently advises other non-governmenta...
  • 4


  • Adcock Ingram
  • Aquity Innovations NPC
  • DG Murray Trust
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa
  • Johnson & Johnson Foundation
  • KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Public Health Enhancement Fund (PHEF)
  • South African National Department of Health
  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • The Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation
  • The ELMA Philanthropies
  • The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)
  • University of Cape Town
  • United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  • U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
  • ViiV Healthcare UK Ltd
  • Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute


  • Anova Health Institute
  • ASG IT Support Services
  • BroadReach Healthcare
  • Delft Imaging Systems
  • Eastern Cape Department of Health
  • Equity Health Consulting
  • Free State Department of Health
  • Gauteng Department of Health
  • Genius Quality
  • Gilead Sciences, Inc.
  • Grounded Media (Pty) Ltd
  • Health Economics and AIDS Research Division (HEARD)
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • Health Information Systems Programme (HISP)
  • Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
  • Imperial College London
  • Insight Actuaries & Consultants
  • Institute for Health Measurement Southern Africa
  • Integration of TB in Education and Care for HIV/AIDS (iTEACH)
  • Interactive Research and Development SA
  • Kavaraco (Pty) Ltd
  • KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health
  • Limpopo Department of Health
  • Maternal, Adolescent and Child Health Institute (MatCH)
  • Mpilonhle
  • Mpumalanga Department of Health
  • National Health Research Committee

  • National Health Research Ethics Council
  • National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS)
  • National Institute Community Development and Management (NICDAM)
  • National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD)
  • National Research Fund
  • Northern Cape Department of Health
  • North-West Department of Health
  • Optimizing Performance by Improving Quality (OPIQ)
  • Consortium, in partnership with the University of California, San Francisco
  • Population Services International (PSI)
  • Project Last Mile
  • Right to Care
  • Sabin Vaccine Institute
  • Solugrowth (Solutions for Growth) (Pty) Ltd
  • TB/HIV Care
  • The Aurum Institute
  • The International Union Against TB and Lung Disease
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of the Witwatersrand
  • Western Cape Department of Health