FPD has over the years developed a number of strategic partnerships with world-class academic and health development institutions.
These partnerships include:
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 works to 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 well-being, and expanding access to education.
FPD and FHI360 entered into a very successful partnership on the submission of USAID proposals. To date, the collaboration resulted in the "Comprehensive Community Based HIV Prevention, Counselling and Testing” and “Capacity Development and Support Programme (CDS)". The CDS is a five-year award that aims to strengthen the organisational management, technical capacity and sustainability of local non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and South Africa Government (SAG) departments for an improved, expanded and sustained country-led response to HIV and AIDS. CDS is led by FHI 360 and implemented with support from consortium partners, Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) and Deloitte South Africa.
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 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.
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 (since 1998) in offering an international management short course for health managers in South Africa.
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).
The Trimbos Institute conducts research on issues related to mental health and addiction. They put research findings into practice to support policymakers, educators, and professionals who provide mental health and addiction services. Trimbos-Institute (through funding from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) awarded FPD with a proposal in respect of developing regional guidelines and training for the provision of HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services in prisons around sub-Saharan Africa.
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 organized 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.
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.
AHP, a FPD and Rural Health Initiative joint venture, was established as separate, not for profit legal entity during 2012. AHP(NPC) and FPD will continue to collaborate closely on recruitment and retention of highly skilled health care workers AHP forms part of the consortium's that are implementing the NHI Pilot Project to ensure that Primary Healthcare Clinics have doctors on site and specifically focuses on recruitment.
The Anova Health Institute is dedicated to improving health with particular emphasis on HIV. Anova is strengthening and supporting the public healthcare system through technical assistance. Providing capacity building, clinical expertise and facilitating health technology expansion. Anova and FPD’s Epidemiology and Research Unit are working together to make significant contributions to the existing body of knowledge around HIV.
The Aurum Institute is a public-benefit organisation with over 19 years' experience in leading the response, treatment and research efforts to eradicate TB and HIV. Aurum has been working alongside government, the mining industry, among NGO's and in communities to better understand the epidemics to provide real solutions and to improve the health of people and communities living in poverty through innovation in global research, systems, and delivery. Aurum is part of a consortium of partners that are implementing the NHI Pilot Project to ensure that Primary Healthcare Clinics have doctors on site.
BroadReach has partners with governments, multinational health organizations, donors and private sector companies in more than 20 countries to improve the health and wellbeing of underserved populations. BroadReach is part of a consortiums of partners that are implementing the NHI Pilot Project to ensure that Primary Healthcare Clinics have doctors on site.
CareWorks is a private HIV management company based in South Africa and is fully accredited with the Council for Medical Schemes in SA. CareWorks make a tangible impact, particularly in the workplace, on the degenerative effects that HIV & AIDS, as well as TB, have on individuals, organizations and South Africa as a whole. CareWorks is an implementation partner of FPD in the Programmatic implementation and Technical Assistance (TA) for HIV/ AIDS and Tuberculosis (TB) Prevention, Care and Treatment Services throughout the Health System in South Africa.
CCI is a South African not for profit company (NPC), established in 2004. CCI has expertise in applying communication and development theory, qualitative and quantitative research methods, organisational development and governance, and financial and grant management to achieve impactful and sustainable public health communication solutions. The organisation has extensive experience working in partnership with government departments, funders, civil society sectors, not-for-profit partners and the private sector to design, implement, monitor and evaluate award-winning and impactful national communication programs. CCI is an implementation partner of FPD in the Programmatic implementation and Technical Assistance (TA) for HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis (TB) Prevention, Care and Treatment Services throughout the Health System in South Africa.
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.
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.
Critical Care Academy renders a comprehensive, effective and professional quality educational service to learners to be part of health care and minimize loss of life as far as humanly possible. FPD and Critical Care Academy has partnered to offer a number of life support training programmes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Since the inception HPCA has adopted a collaborative approach in working with other community organizations and government structures. This commitment to working together with other organizations with who they share a common goal by sharing expertise and resources has been incorporated into the current strategic plan. FPD and HPCA have been in partnership since 2008. This collaboration’s aim is based on training of professional nurses to become palliative care specialists through one year Palliative Care course.
Info4Africa is a programme within HIVAN which specializes in maintaining and expanding a database of over 6,000 HIV – related services providers throughout the country. Through HIV-911, information can be obtained on HIV-related service and support in any area of the country. HIV911 and FPD are developing an HIV-related service database and producing annual provincial print directories of all HIV service providers captured.
The Medicines Information Centre (MIC) is a unit situated within the Division of Clinical Pharmacology, Department of Medicine, at the University of Cape Town’s Faculty of Health Sciences. The center was established in 1980 and forms part of a World Health Organization collaborating center. The MIC is dedicated to providing unbiased, upto-date and well researched drug-related information in consultation with a multidisciplinary healthcare team. FPD funds the provision of a toll-free call centre to advise health care professionals on aspects of AIDS treatment.
FPD and the MIC collaborate on the National HIV Health Care Worker Hotline. This is a HIV/AIDS call centre, which constitutes a unit within the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town, whose primary purpose is to promote, conduct, and build capacity for mentorship that is responsive to, and contributes to alleviating the circumstances of people living with and affected by HIV/ AIDS, which strives to enhance the quality of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment in both the formal and informal public health systems.
Molteno brings to the Consortium 42 years experience in promoting literacy in African languages and an extensive record of training and coaching district CAs and HODs using a combined training and mentorship approach as well as established relationships with national and provincial DBEs. Molteno is a consortium partner of FPD’s USAID Reading Support Programme.
The National Department of Health (NDOH) has embarked on a programme of ensuring that every Primary Health Care clinic has a doctor on site, either on a full time or part time basis. FPD, as lead agency, together with BroadReach, Aurum, Right to Care, the Wits Reproductive Health & HIV institute (WRHI) and African Health Placements (AHP) forms the consortium that will be responsible to provide the required services to the National Department of Health.
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.
Oxford University Press SA bring 100 years of in-country support in developing the ability of educators to teach reading. They do not only publish materials but also support teachers through teacher training workshops, and on-line support platforms. Oxford University Press SA is the first choice of thousands of teachers across South Africa for teaching resources. Oxford SA is a consortium partner of FPD’s USAID Reading Support Programme.
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.
Right to Care is supporting and delivering prevention, care, and treatment services for HIV and associated diseases. They work with government and communities to find pioneering solutions to build and strengthening public healthcare. Right to Care is part of the consortium's of partners that are implementing the NHI Pilot Project to ensure that Primary Healthcare Clinics have doctors on site.
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 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.
Soul City Institute is a Social Justice organization that focuses on young women and girls, and the communities they live in. An organisation that is a pillar of strength, support and hope for a new dawn. An organisation that ensures that young women and girls have equal access to resources that enable them to self-actualise and reach their full potential and take their rightful place in society. An organisation that promotes a just society and ensures equal treatment and respect for basic human rights. Soul City contributed to the ISSSASA project by creating greater public awareness of the Thuthuzela Care Centers and increasing the uptake of TCC services, within a wider approach to raising awareness and prevention.
Saide has 23 years of experience in distance education programs for educators and developing open educational resources including material development. Saide’s African Storybook Initiative, is a digital library of over 600 unique storybooks for early reading, and are openly licensed supplementary readers in all SA official languages designed to support home language and English First Additional Language reading instruction. Saide is a consortium partner of FPD’s USAID Reading Support Programme.
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.
The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) was established in 1969 with the aim to deliver on a mandate to promote the improvement of the health and the quality of life of the population of South Africa through research, development and technology transfer. The MRC has undertaken a national assessment of sexual assault case withdrawals related to the attrition of rape cases in the criminal justice system as part of the Increasing Services to Survivors of Sexual Assault in South Africa (ISSSASA) Project.
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.
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.
SASOM is a Professional Society, registered as a special interest group with the South African Medical Association and is affiliated to the International Commission of Occupational Health. SASOM entered into a partnership with FPD to offer a series of online training programmes on occupational health and safety to healthcare workers.
VSO recruite and manage teams of international and local school management and language teaching experts and have experience in supporting education programmes in 16 countries to improve learning outcomes including literacy. VSO is a consortium partner of FPD’s USAID Reading Support Programme.
The Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (WRHI) was established in 1994 to support the new South African government formulate and implement new national policies around sexual and reproductive health and is part of the Faculty of Health Sciences and the largest research institute of the University of the Witwatersrand. WRHI is part of the consortium of partners that is implementing the NHI Pilot Project to ensure that Primary Healthcare Clinics have doctors on site.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The University 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.