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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 Flavia Senkubuge

    Dr Flavia Senkubuge is a medical doctor specialising in public health medicine. She is the Vice-President of the African Federation of Public Health Associations and senior lecturer of Health Policy and Management at the School of Health Systems and Public Health, University of Pretoria. Her interests lie in global health diplomacy, health policy and management, leadership, tobacco control and the social determinants of health.

  • 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.

  • Mr Aziz Kader
    HST Trustee

    Mr Aziz Kader brings deep experience in strategy, marketing, operations management and risk management in a number of industries and institutions in locations across Southern Africa. He has worked as senior management in insurance and actuarial consulting, and served as a non-executive director with Glenrand MIB Employee Benefits Company. He has managed a consulting firm operating widely in the South African market and served many international clients. He has a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and Chemistry from the University of Cape Town, and an MBA from the University of Cape Town's Graduate School of Business.

  • Prof. Esther Kibuka-Sebitosi
    HST Trustee

    Prof. Esther Kibuka-Sebitosi holds a PhD, an MBA (Open University UK/UNISA), an MSc, and a BSc (Hons) and is based at the University of South Africa's Institute for African Renaissance Studies where she is responsible for lecturing Master's and PhD students. Her focus areas include public health, gender and HIV and AIDS, sustainable development, food security and indigenous knowledge systems. Prof. Kubuuka-Sebitosi's active involvement in projects globally and in Kenya, Ethiopia and South Africa, as well as her previous work in Uganda, together with her training and experience in formal education, are highly valuable for HST's expansion into accredited training activities and southern African regional involvement.

  • Mr Thulani Masilela
    HST Trustee

    Mr Thulani Masilela is based in the Presidency in the Republic of South Africa focusing on health. As a qualified clinical psychologist, Mr Masilela has previously worked in the South African National Department of Health and in the non-governmental sector focusing on the health sector. His previous roles have included developing community-based mental health programmes; supporting the development of the District Health System; providing national leadership in planning and policy development, as well as strengthening health information management, monitoring and evaluation and health systems research.

  • 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 Edith Skweyiya
    HST Trustee

    After seven years as a Deputy Director-General in KwaZulu-Natal's Department of Health, Ms Edith Skweyiya served as Deputy City Manager of eThekwini Municipality until her retirement. Ms Skweyiya's wide-ranging experience include hands-on health care, community involvement in HIV and AIDS and poverty alleviation initiatives, and her current contribution entails serving the country's aged. She was a member of the University of KwaZulu-Natal's Senate, a founder member of the Democratic Nurses Organisation of South Africa, and Chairperson of the Progressive Primary Health Care Network.
  • 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.

  • Dr Dumani Kula
    HST Trustee

    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.

  • 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​

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  • 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​