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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
    Chairperson

    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.

  • Ms Mandisa Hela
    HST Trustee

    ​Ms Mandisa Hela is a pharmacist. She holds an MPH from the University of Hawaii and a post graduate diploma in Health Management from the University of Cape Town. She retired as Registrar of the Medicines Control Council. She has extensive experience in pharmaceutical policy, having worked at both provincial and national levels. She has vast experience in and medicines regulation. She is currently a member of the Medicines Control Council.

  • Ms Francisca Nzama
    HST Trustee

    Ms Francisca Teressa Duduzile Nzama (commonly known as Zethu), holds a BA in Law from the University of Cape Town and an LLB from the former University of Natal, and has gained 13 years’ experience as an admitted attorney. She is Executive Director of FZ Nzama Attorneys.

  • Ms Lalita Harie
    HST Trustee

    Lalita Harie, also known as Gita Harie, has an illustrious career spanning over 40 years in the mental health field, almost 20 years of which was as the Executive Director of one of the largest mental health NGOs in the country. Lalita Harie has a wealth of experience in strategy, people development, operational management, community development, governance, and service delivery. Her formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work, an Honours degree in Social Science (Psychology), as well as a host of courses in areas of leadership and governance. At a personal level, she has been the recipient of numerous recognition awards and acknowledgements, including being selected on 2 occasions by the United States Department of State, for Mental Health Programmes on their International Visitors Leadership Programme (IVLP), the second of which was as an IVLP Gold Star Alumni Participant. She h

  • Professor Salome Maswime
    HST Trustee

    Professor Maswime is an associate Professor and the Head Global Surgery at the University of Cape Town, an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, 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 the Wits University. She is a Next Einstein Fellow and a World Economic Forum Young Scientist. Salome Maswime is originally from Botlokwa, Limpopo province, South Africa. After qualifying as a medical doctor at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Prof Maswime  specialised as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, and completed an MMED and PhD degree in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Her PhD was funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. She has worked in various hospitals in South Africa, including the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Soweto. Her research interests are glo

  • 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 response for the Financial Planning Institute (FPI) accredited programmes. His focus areas includes 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 Master's students, and is published in High Impact Journals in the discipline of finance and listed company b

  • 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 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 Health, and of the National HIV Think Tank co-ordinated by the National Department of Health. Dr Moeti has previously served as a member of the Task Team for the Global Health Thematic Consultation on Health in the post-2015 Development Agenda.​​

​Latest Annual Report

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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: Health Systems Research Unit
      Ntombizodwa Mbelle is currently the Director of the Health Systems Research Unit. Over the last 10 years she has worked as a researcher in senior management positions at the Medical Researc...
  • 5
    • 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...
  • 6
    • Human Resources Manager
      Mr Robert Hendricks is currently the Human Resources Manager.  He is a member of South African Board of People Practitioners (SABPP), a registered Chartered Human Resources Professional (CHRP) a...

Our Partners

  • ​Accenture
  • Africa Health Placements
  • Africare
  • ASG
  • Aurum Institute
  • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
  • Department of Health – Eastern Cape
  • Department of Health – Free State
  • Department of Health – Gauteng
  • Department of Health – KwaZulu-Natal
  • Department of Health – Limpopo
  • Department of Health – Mpumalanga
  • Department of Health – Northern Cape
  • Department of Health – North West
  • Department of Health – Western Cape
  • Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)
  • Epidemiology and Research (CIDER)
  • FHI360
  • Health Information Systems Programme (HISP)
  • Khethimpilo
  • London School (Zambart)
  • Management Sciences for Health (MSH)
  • ​Mobenzi
  • Mothers2Mothers
  • National Department of Health
  • National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS)
  • National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD)
  • National Treasury
  • Nelson Mandela Children's Fund​

  • ​​Praekelt.org
  • PRICELESS
  • Philanjalo
  • Save the Children UK
  • SA Medical Research Council
  • Society For Family Health (local branch of Population Services International)
  • Soul City Institute
  • South African Civil Society Coalition for Women, Adolescents and Children's Health (SACSoWACH)
  • The AIDS Foundation of South Africa
  • The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
  • The ELMA Philanthropies
  • The German Development Bank (KfW) (through the Development Bank of Southern Africa)
  • The National Health Research Committee
  • The Office of Health Standards Compliance
  • The Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference AIDS Office (SACBC)
  • UKZN Centre for Rural Health
  • University of Cape Town (through a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)
  • University of Cape Town Centre for Infectious Disease
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN)
  • University of Newcastle, UK
  • University of the Western Cape (UWC)
  • University Research Council (URC)
  • US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • VP Health
  • WHO Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research​