The Lighthouse Project

About The Lighthouse Project

The Lighthouse Project ultimately aims to improve equity, efficiency and effectiveness in healthcare delivery through identifying Policy-Practice-Implementation- Impact-Gaps (PPIIGs) that adversely influence health policy reform objectives.

To address these gaps the Lighthouse Project identifies evidence based solutions through developing case studies (of best practices) or through pilot projects that are thoroughly evaluated. In developing pilot projects emphasis is given to exploring public-private-partnership models that could support the development of an NHI. Originating from this process the Lighthouse Project develops policy proposals through a consultative process of engaging stakeholders including policy makers. Additionally the Lighthouse Project is exploring models to develop district system observatories making use of ICT systems and big data analysis that will guide interventions and provide evidence of results.

Highlights from 2015

The Community Service Summit held in the City of Tshwane on the 22nd April 2015 was co-hosted by the Foundation for Professional Development (FPD), the National Department of Health (NDoH), the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the Africa Health Placements (AHP). The aim of the Summit was to initiate a stakeholder process for the systematic review of the Community Service Policy (CSP) using available evidence from a number of independent studies carried out over the years. The summit predominantly focused on the medical practitioner and to a lesser extent, on the dentist categories as these are the professions for which most data is available and was the 1st such review conducted since this policy was implemented in 1998. The summit demonstrated the critical role played by CS officers in service delivery but also identified a number of problems that need urgent attention including access to education during the CS period, adequate accommodation and a need The Lighthouse Project The Lighthouse Project ultimately aims to improve equity, efficiency and effectiveness in healthcare delivery through identifying Policy-Practice-Implementation- Impact-Gaps (PPIIGs) that adversely influence health policy reform objectives.