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About Us

Enrolled Students
(Since 1998)

Free HIV testing in South Africa,
(Since 2004) more than

Total people initiated
on ART (Since 2004)



To build a better society through education and capacity development.

Mission Statement

To catalyse social change through developing people, strengthening systems and providing innovative solutions.

Our Values

Freedom to challenge: Liberty to voice opinions without fear of victimization

  • We encourage constructive critique and creative debate between stakeholders and amongst our staff.
  • We promote systems and structures to challenge existing or entrenched practices.
  • We reward innovative ideas and welcome positive change.
  • We make decisions and exercise control transparently and without hidden agendas.

Innovation: The introduction of something new or different

  • We encourage entrepreneurship, discipline & initiative to challenge the status quo.
  • We identify creative and effective means of implementing change.
  • We are receptive to opportunities for growth and income generation.
  • We accept that people make mistakes in pursuit of innovation.
  • We actively participate in shaping the future of the societies in which we work.
  • We are committed to leadership in our field.

Integrity: Adherence to moral and ethical principles

  • We uphold the highest standards for honesty, fairness and professional conduct.
  • We hold ourselves personally accountable for our outputs and our actions and interventions.
  • We do not plagiarize, misuse or misappropriate our own or our stakeholders’ property or funds.
  • We report data and activities truthfully and transparently in accordance with timelines.
  • We keep our promises and lead through example.
  • We do not compromise our principles for political expediency.

Quality of Products and Services: A guarantee of excellence in all aspects of work

  • We strive to pro-actively identify and meet the current and future needs of organisations, professionals, managers and services.
  • We promote skills-transfer, community enablement and empowerment and sustainability in all aspects of capacity development.
  • We continuously strive for excellence, quality, efficacy, efficiency and appropriateness in all our products and services.
  • Our remuneration practices reward excellence.
  • We actively seek feedback from our customers and act on such feedback.
  • We believe that all communities, irrespective of income and means, deserves the highest quality of service and products.
  • We continuously monitor our performance.

Respect: Regard and consideration for the rights of an individual and/or group

  • We respect the cultural, ethnic, religious and personal beliefs and practices of all FPD staff, clients and service beneficiaries.
  • We uphold the highest standards of professionalism and regard for human dignity in our day-to-day activities.
  • We will treat others as we ourselves want to be treated.
  • We are punctual and conscientious of one another’s time restraints.

Service to Society: Work in the best interest of the community

  • We focus on priority service areas and the promotion of optimal service delivery.
  • We deliver timeously on clear goals and objectives.
  • All our products and activities are predicted or guided by a strong sense of social responsibility.
  • In the final analysis all our activities, however small are designed to improve the societies we work with.

The FPD Story

Strategic Direction

The FPD strategic direction focuses on rapidly expanding FPD’s educational offering (both formal qualifications at under- and postgraduate level and professional development courses). This will involve expanding the number of FPD schools, curricular development and instructional design capacity and leveraging FPD Group ICT capacity to enter into strategic partnerships with international e-learning providers and expand FPD’s offering of blended and e-learning courses. In designing curricula FPD will embrace a user-centric design and incorporate ethical decision making in curricular design during this strategic cycle. The massive shortage of healthcare professionals in Africa, has been highlighted respectively, by the World Health Organisation and the Academy of Sciences of South Africa’s report on Reconceptualising Health Professional Education. The latter report on the potential role that the private sector could play in alleviating such shortages. FPD is responding to this challenge by entering the undergraduate health professional education market through its Nursing School. FPD will also counter weak local economic growth by exploring opportunities in the subSaharan Africa region by actively expanding FPD’s products and services in the region.

Leveraging FPD’s registration as a higher education institution is strategically important as there are substantial opportunities linked to the increasing emphasis government is placing on addressing youth unemployment, as well as middle class aspirations around formal qualifications as entry to the job market. In response to this opportunity FPD will expand the number of learnerships offered via the SHIPS Department and focus on registering higher certificate courses that could act as bridging programmes for entry to university for students who did not achieve “matric exemption”

FPD will actively compete for donor funded projects to support our systems strengthening and innovation-focused activities focusing on grants that allow piloting of innovative solutions and address neglected public health areas.

Under our Innovation focus we will explore opportunities to expand the Think Tank model that FPD has developed to support evidence-based strategy development and keeping the organisation focused on innovation through emphasising product leadership in education, leveraging the digital insights of Group Companies (Artificial intelligence, apps, digital systems and e-learning), implementing pilot projects within the NHI domain, responding to innovation grant funding opportunities, securing research grants from the National Institutes of Health and partnering with international universities.

A key component of the FPD strategy over the past year and continuing for the next two years is a focus on investing in future growth of the company rather than pursuing aggressive profit growth. As such FPD will have to be prudent in striking a balance between investing in new product development and containing costs to ensure that the company remains profitable.