About FPD

Strategic Partners

FPD has over the years developed a number of strategic partnerships with world-class academic and health development institutions.

These partnerships include: 

International

AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL HEALTH ALLIANCES (AIHA) – TWINNING PROJECT

The Health Management Programme is an entry level management programme that successfully develops the skills of new managers, supervisors and team leaders within the HIV and AIDS environment. Students who enroll in this programme are exposed to the complexity of management and are challenged to think differently through self-assessment and reflection. Through examining a range of management concepts, students develop techniques that improve their ability to manage in an ever changing environment. The most relevant management subjects have been weaved together to form a solid educational foundation for the operational level manager. FPD’s approach is to blend theory, personal experience and facilitation by expert faculty resulting in a management development programme that is both inspiring and practical. A generous grant from the Twinning Centre funds scholarships which covers all the tuition costs, including study material and workshop costs. The course is offered using participatory methods and building on the shared knowledge of the participants. The course is skills-based and allows participants the opportunity to find solutions to problems they may identify.

ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES IN HIV (ASSHH)

ASSHH is an international membership organisation that promotes and supports critically informed and theoretically engaged social science and humanities research on HIV/AIDS. ASSHH is committed to generating, supporting and distributing social science and humanities scholarship, promoting dialogue and networking within social science disciplines and between them and the larger scientific community and training emerging social science and humanities scholars in academic and non-academic settings. FPD partnered with ASSHH in 2010 to establish an International HIV/AIDS Social Sciences Conference. The first conference was held in 2011. The second took place in July 2013 in Paris, France and the third took place in 2015 in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

CLINICAL CARE OPTIONS (CCO)

CCO is a leading provider of HIV professional education worldwide, with an active and growing membership of over 29,000 physicians and over 66,000 total members globally. By producing the highest-quality interactive medical education programmes for over 20 years, CCO has become the trusted brand amongst HIV treaters around the world.

In addition to a world-class advisory board, long-term relationships with internationally renowned faculty and a sophisticated, specialized editorial and writing staff, CCO has its own unique models, proprietary technology, and websites and well established alliances with key HIV organisations, including a longstanding partnership with the International AIDS Society. FPD, CCO and the University of the Witwatersrand jointly developed the first South African mobile phone application-based educational resource for HIV and TB medicine that was rolled out to healthcare professionals.

FHI 360

improve reproductive health, increase family planning options, help prevent the spread of HIV and promote educational opportunities for South African youth. Their projects support the Government of South Africa in key human development priorities, including implementing HIV/AIDS interventions, preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV, increasing access to reproductive health services, improving nutrition, building capacity among local organisations and government entities, developing policies and guidelines that promote health and wellbeing, and expanding access to education.

FPD and FHI360 entered into a very successful partnership on the submission of USAID proposals. To date, the collaboration has been successful on the “Comprehensive Community Based HIV Prevention, Counselling and Testing” project.

HUMANA PEOPLE TO PEOPLE

The organisation established its operation in South Africa in 1995 and works with disadvantaged communities to secure the improvement of their economic situation, education and health and social well-being. All the programmes involve the target communities in contributing towards their own development by establishing local structures, training and empowering them to be self-reliant and self-deciding bodies.

FPD and HPPSA entered into a very successful partnership on the sub-mission of USAID proposals. To date the collaboration has been successful on the “Comprehensive Community Based HIV Prevention, Counselling and “Testing” project.

IMMUNE SYSTEM REGULATION (ISR)

Immune System Regulations AB (ISR) is an innovation driven research company within the area of immunotheraphy, based at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. ISR and FPD are currently partnering in ground-breaking HIV related Phase I/II Clinical Trials taking place in Pretoria, South Africa. FPD is also a shareholder of ISR.

LONDON SCHOOL OF TROPICAL MEDICINE

In partnership London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medical and Aurum Institute, FPD began the TB Fast Track Study. The study, which uses easy, simple and inexpensive test to look for the TB germ, will be conducted at mixture of 20 Primary Health Clinics and Community Health Clinics in both urban and rural settings and is expected to run for two and a half years. The research team and began enrolling study participants in January 2013 and enrolled the last participant in December 2014.

MANCHESTER BUSINESS SCHOOL (MBS)

With an international reputation for top-rated teaching and research, Manchester Business School is firmly positioned at the leading edge of dynamic business performance. Dedicated to developing effective managers for every sector and discipline, MBS invests in today’s management the ideas and experience that will equip its graduates to become collaborating since 1998 in offering an international management short course for health managers in South Africa.

MOTHERS 2 MOTHERS

mothers2mothers is an NGO based in Cape Town, South Africa that helps to prevent mother-to-child-transmission of HIV and keep mothers healthy. mothers2mothers trains, employs and pays nearly 1 500 new mothers living with HIV in seven African countries to provide education and support to women just like themselves. These ‘Mentor Mothers’ become professional members of health delivery teams - working alongside doctors and nurses to serve the needs of HIV-positive pregnant women and new mothers and to help fill the gaps in critically understaffed health systems. mothers2mothers currently reaches 20 percent of the pregnant women living with HIV in the world. FPD and mothers2mothers partnered in 2010 to form the Foundation for Professional Development Research Ethics Committee (FPDREC).

YALE SCHOOL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY AND PUBLIC HEALTH

Founded in 1915, Yale’s School of Public Health is one of the oldest accredited schools of public health. In the 1960’s it was decided to merge the Department of Public Health with the Section of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, a Unit within the Department of International Medicine. The Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH) was the result of this merger.

Today, faculty and students at the Yale School of Public Health continue to strive toward Winslow’s goal of: “Preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting physical and mental health and well-being through organised community effort... and developing the social machinery to assure everyone enjoys a standard living adequate for the maintenance or improvement of health”.

FPD and Yale offer a jointly certified international management short course aimed at public sector managers.

National

AESTHETIC AND ANTI-AGING MEDICINE SOCIETY OF SOUTH AFRICA (AAMSSA)

AAMSSA is a scientific non-promotional society to regulate the scientific and legitimate practice of Aesthetic and Anti-aging Medicine. They provide medico-legal support in conjunction with medico legal societies and provide mutual support amongst members and improve relationships amongst the members and professional bodies. The AAMSSA strives to advance the growth, respectability and knowledge development in these fields of medicine in South Africa.

The FPD and AAMSSA partnership is in the process of developing a postgraduate qualification in Aesthetic Medicine. This programme is designed to give participants advanced comprehension and skills so that they can manage and treat various pathological and non-pathological indications pertaining to aesthetics at a high level of competency and confidence.

AURUM INSTITUTE

FPD through the that’sit project, receives a sub-award from Aurum Institute to provide technical support in improving access to HIV care for TB patients with the focus on integration of care and treatment, monitoring and evaluation and increased case finding in two provinces in South Africa (Dr Ruth S Mompati, Dr Kenneth Kaunda in North West Province and Eden district in the Western Cape).

In partnership London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medical and Aurum Institute, FPD began the TB Fast Track Study in 2012. The study, which uses easy, simple and inexpensive test to look for the TB germ, will be conducted at mixture of 25 Primary Health Clinics and Community Health Clinics in both urban and rural settings; study enrollment completed in December 2014.

THE CENTRE FOR HIV/AIDS PREVENTION STUDIES (CHAPS)

The Centre for HIV/AIDS Prevention Studies (CHAPS) seeks to perform and support innovative and safe medical male circumcision procedures as part of a minimum HIV prevention package. Anova is the main funding partner of CHAPS. This partnership is vital in assisting the National Department of Health and the Provinces of South Africa to expand access to high quality HIV-related prevention, treatment and support services throughout the country. FPD and CHAPS are working together to train healthcare professionals on how to perform safe male circumcisions.

CITY OF TSHWANE METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY (CTMM)

The city of Tshwane AIDS Unit is the driving force of the City’s response to HIV and AIDS. The Unit co-ordinates HIV and AIDS programmes and initiates of the different sectors. FPD collaborates with the City of Tshwane to enable the community of Tshwane to access HIV and AIDS services through the development of service-mapping activities and through providing the secretariat for the Tshwane Mayoral AIDS Committee.

DEMOCRATIC NURSING ORGANISATION OF SOUTH AFRICA (DENOSA)

In addition to its advocacy role of promoting the cause of nursing in South Africa, DENOSA has established the DENOSA Professional Institute to extend the training and professional development of nurses. Over the past three years FPD has been working with DENOSA in running training courses in collaboration with the National TB Programme and the International Council of Nurses to train nurse trainers on TB and MDR-TB.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH EASTERN CAPE

FPD closely cooperates with the Eastern Cape Department of Health in supporting Health Systems Strengthening.

During 2015, FPD’s Technical Assistance Cluster provided district based technical assistance support and now closely collaborates with the flowing districts; Sarah Baartman (Cacadu), Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, Amatole and Buffalo City.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH FREE STATE

FPD operates with the Free State Department of Health within Xariep and Fezile Dabito districts to relieve the burden of stable ART patients on the health facilities and to increase retention of ART patients to 70% in care five years after treatment initiation.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH GAUTENG

FPD has a long-standing relationship with the Gauteng Provincial Department of Health on developing provincial capacity through technical assistance and training. FPD is the comprehensive technical assistance partner for Tshwane/Metsweding Districts.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH KWAZULU-NATAL

FPD works closely with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health in five of their districts (Ugu, Zululand, Umkhanyakude, eThekwini, Uthungulu) to develop, test, document and scale up innovative, appropriate, equitable and sustainable CBCT models that effectively link key populations into appropriate and accessible HIV and TB prevention, care and treatment services. Within this partnership we also develop, test, document and scale up effective and locally sustainable linkage and referral systems for CBCT to appropriate community and facility-based services with documented referral through-put to HIV and TB prevention, care and treatment, as well as retention in TB, pre-ART and ART care.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH LIMPOPO

FPD has a long-standing relationship with the Limpopo Provincial Department of Health on developing provincial capacity through technical assistance and training. FPD is the comprehensive technical assistance partner for Vhembe and Capricorn Districts and the district support partner for Greater Sekhukhune District.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH MPUMALANGA

FPD has a long-standing relationship with the Mpumalanga Provincial Department of Health on developing provincial capacity through technical assistance and training. FPD is the comprehensive technical assistance partner for the Nkangala District.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH NORTH WEST

FPD works closely with the North West Department of Health in the Bojanala district to develop, test, document and scale up innovative, appropriate, equitable and sustainable CBCT models that effectively link key populations into appropriate and accessible HIV and TB prevention, care and treatment services. Within this partnership we also develop, test, document and scale up effective and locally sustainable linkage and referral systems for CBCT to appropriate community and facility-based services with documented referral through-put to HIV and TB prevention, care and treatment, as well as retention in TB, pre-ART and ART care.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WESTERN CAPE

FPD closely operates with the Western Cape Department of Health with regard to developing provincial capacity through providing scholarships for both management and clinical training to provincial staff, supporting TB/HIV care. The that’sit Project is the district technical assistance support partner in Eden District.

DIRA SENGWE

This is one of FPD’s oldest partnerships that has lead to the very successful series of bi-annual national AIDS Conferences that has become one of the largest, if not the largest, National AIDS Conferences in the world attracting over 4 000 attendees. FPD provides the Conference Secretariat for these conferences.

 

THE FOUNDATION FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUND

The Foundation for Professional Development Fund is a non-profit entity whose focus area is allied to activities relating to HIV and AIDS, but it is not limited to this area. The FPD Fund’s main activities are to promote community interests by the provision of healthcare, education, the prevention of HIV infection and to develop communities through capacity building projects.

HEALTH AND WELFARE SECTOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING AUTHORITY (HWSETA)

FPD has for a number of years been working with the SETA around Pharmacy Assistance and Social Auxiliary Work Learnerships and other Workplace Experience Programmes.

HEALTH AND MEDICAL PUBLISHING GROUP (HMPG)

HMPG journals reach the majority of active, practicing medical professionals in South Africa. Over 16 000 SAMA members receive either SAMJ (South African Medical Journal) or CME (Continuing Medical Education) or both. HMPG also publishes the official journals for specialist societies and associations in South Africa. Since 2013, FPD became the sponsors of the African Health Professional Education Journal and the Strengthening of Health Systems Journal.

HIGHER EDUCATION HIV/AIDS PROGRAMME (HEAIDS)

The HEAIDS programme was first launched in 2000/2001 as a partnership between the Department of Education (DoE), the South African Universities Vice-Chancellors Association (SAUVCA) and the Committee of Technikon Principals (CTP). This comprehensive higher education response to HIV and AIDS comprises of two dimensions. The first dimension is directed at maintaining the institution’s ability to continue functioning thereby preventing HIV and AIDS from undermining its potential to operate and deliver mandated services. The second dimension is the institutions core functions of teaching, training, research, community engagement and service. Since 2010, FPD and HEAIDS have been collaborating on the award winning “First things First” campaign that promotes HIV testing at Universities.

PHAKAMISA (AN ASTRAZENECA INITIATIVE)

AstraZeneca launched Project Phakamisa with the goal of creating cancer awareness amongst the public. This is done via partnerships with cancer organisations as well as training of public sector healthcare professionals in a bid to improve volunteering, screening, testing and diagnoses of cancer. AstraZeneca supports the Breast Cancer for Health Professionals Course as part of their Phakamisa Project. It is designed to make a meaningful impact in the public sector. The aim is to support and guide healthcare professionals in addressing the needs of breast cancer patients.

NATIONAL PROSECUTING AUTHORITY (NPA)

FPD (through a USAID grant) supports the Thuthuzela projec t of the NPA . Thuthuzela Care Centres are one-stop facilities that have been introduced as a critical part of South Africa’s anti-rape strategy, aiming to reduce secondary trauma for the victim, improve conviction rates and reduce the cycle time for finalising cases. The Thuthuzela Project is led by the NPA’s Sexual Offences and Community Affairs Unit (SOCA), in partnership with various donors as a response to the urgent need for an integrated strategy for prevention, response and support for rape victims.

PEN

PEN is a non-prof itable non-denominational Faith Based Organisation. PEN works in close relation with local churches in and around Tshwane and in the inner city, as well as other organisations working with people in need. PEN operates the Sediba Hope Clinic which serves the community of the inner city. FPD decided to formalise the partnership between FPD and PEN by contracting PEN to run and implement an HIV Wellness Programme. The partnership aims to improve the quality of life of people visiting Sediba Hope by strengthening services in the following areas: medical health services, physical health of PLHIV, provision of psycho-social support and positive prevention activities of PLHV.

SOCIETY FOR FAMILY HEALTH (SFH)

SFH is South Africa’s leading non-profit, non-governmental provider of health products, services and communications and South Africa’s leading social marketing organisation. Social marketing is the non-profit use of commercial marketing techniques to address public health issues. SFH was founded in 1992 as a condom social marketing organisation and since that date has distributed 1 009 300 619 condoms.

Additionally, since its inception SFH has greatly expanded the portfolio of products and services it provides to include male condoms, female condoms, lubricant, HIV counseling and testing, CD4 counts, TB diagnosis and medical male circumcision. All of these programmes are supported by SFH behaviour change communications, marketing and training. SFH is the South African affiliate of Population Service International, the world’s leading network of social marketing organisation with affiliates in 69 countries around the world.

FPD and SFH entered into a very successful partnership on the submission of USAID proposals. To date the collaboration has been successful on the “Comprehensive Community Based HIV Prevention, Counselling” and Testing project.

SONKE GENDER JUSTICE

Sonke Gender Justice Network is a non-partisan, non-profit organisation established in 2006. Today, Sonke has established a growing presence on the African continent and plays an active role internationally. Sonke works to create the change necessary for men, women, young people and children to enjoy equitable, healthy and happy relationships that contribute to the development of just and democratic societies. FPD and Sonke partner on a USAID funded project in support of the National Prosecuting Authorities Thuthuzela Project.

SOUTH AFRICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (SAMA)

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) is a non-statutor y, professional association for public and private sector medical practitioners. Registered as an independent, non-profit Section 21 company SAMA acts as a trade union for its public sector members and as a champion for doctors and patients. The strategic relationship between FPD and SAMA extends beyond pure ownership of FPD.

The organisations collaborate on a number of projects including gender based violence and a number of educational projects aimed at SAMA members.

SOUTHERN AFRICAN HIV CLINICIANS SOCIETY (SAHIVCS)

The South African HIV Clinicians Society is a special interest group of the South African Medical Association with more than 12 000 members drawn from clinicians and medical scientists dedicated to responding to the challenge of HIV and AIDS. The strategic alliance between FPD and SAHIVCS dates from 2001, when the two organisations introduced the HIV Clinical Management Course. FPD also enrols students as SAHIVCS members as part of the FPD Alumni Programme. SAHIVCS also organises the skill building programmes at a number of conferences that FPD organises.

SOUTH AFRICAN INSTITUTE OF HEALTH CARE MANAGERS (SAIHCM)

For a number of years health managers working in both the public and the private sectors have determined that South Africa has an urgent need for an institute of healthcare managers. The structure of the institute is based on best practice, as identified in older of international models, but has been adopted to meet South Africa’s specific needs in the field. The institute aims to be a centre of excellence to advocate for the interest of consumers of health services in South Africa and for its members. The commitment will be demonstrated through the efforts to enhance the status and qualifications of healthcare managers within the framework of the SA Qualification Framework.

FPD and SAIHCM collaborate on providing an alumni support service for graduates of FPD management training programmes. Since 2010, FPD has hosted the SAIHCM Secretariat.

Educational Collaboration

UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN: NATIONAL TB/HIV HOTLINE FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSINALS

FPD supports a toll-free telephonic advice service based at the Medical Information Centre (MIC) at the University of Cape Town. The MIC is the largest and only clinically-based medicine information centre in South Africa and is staffed by specially-trained drug information pharmacists.

The call centre currently fields about 440 calls per month. Doctors make up 55% of the callers, while 37% comes from nurses, 6% from pharmacists and 2% from miscellaneous callers.

DIVISION OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES AND PROGRAM IN GLOBAL HEALTH, DAVID GEFFEN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES (UCLA), CALIFORNIA, U.S.A.

UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine is a globally elite and international leader in research, medical education and patient care.

The Program in Global Health collaborates with institutions around the world for innovative interdisciplinary research to address the most pressing health issues facing today’s world, including infectious diseases such as HIV, as well as the growing epidemics of diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. In 2014, FPD joined with researchers at UCLA to develop an STI screening programme of HIV-positive mothers with the aim of decreasing HIV transmission from mother to child.

PROGRAM IN GLOBAL HEALTH, MAILMAN SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, NEW YORK, U.S.A.

A vital part of one of the world’s greatest universities and medical centres, Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health pursues an agenda of education, research and service to address the critical and complex public health issues affecting The United States and the world. Since 1922, the Mailman School has been at the forefront of public health research, education and community collaboration. Addressing everything from chronic disease to HIV/ AIDS to healthcare policy, the School tackles today’s pressing public health issues and translating research results into action.

Since 2013, FPD has been working closely with faculty in the Global Health programme at Mailman to develop and operationalise The Rea Phela Health Study. This study aims to understand and measure the health of South Africa’s healthcare workers, its impact on human resources for health and the health of all South Africans. For the past two years, FPD’s Technical Assistance Cluster has also acted as a field site and provides in-country advising to Mailman MPH students completing 6-month field practicums required for graduation.

UNIVERSITY OF KWAZULU NATAL (UKZN) info4africa

info4Africa is a programme within HIVAN which specialises in maintaining and expanding a database of over 6000 HIV-related services provides throughout the country. Through info4africa, information can be obtained on HIV-related service support in any area of the country. Info4africa and FPD are developing an HIV-related service database and producing annual provincial printed directories of all HIV service providers captured.

UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA (UP)

T he Universit y of Pretoria was established as an independent university in 1930. With approximately 40 000 enrolled students, the university is a leader in higher education and is recognised internationally for academic excellence and a focus on quality. Collaboration between FPD and the Health Sciences Faculty at UP takes place around the Infectious Diseases Unit, ART clinics at two of the University’s teaching hospitals (Steve Biko Academic Hospital and Kalafong Hospital) and the Department of Family Medicine.

  • An evaluation of the quality of care provided at the three NIRMART facilities in the Greater Tzaneen Municipal Area: An action researched project.
  • Antiretroviral therapy programme outcomes in Tshwane District: a five year retrospective study.
  • Pre-antiretroviral therapy patient loss to care in three South African public health facilities: Implication for pretreatment care.
  • Characteristics of adult patients who are lost to follow-up in antiretroviral roll out clinics in Gauteng, South Africa.