Aids Accountability International (AAI) is an independent non-profit organization working to accelerate progress in the response the AIDS epidemic and to inspire bolder leadership and accountability. It aims to catalyse more rapid and effect action by assessing and raising awareness of the degree to which public, private and civil society actors are fulfilling the commitments they have made to respond to the epidemic. AAI is responsible for launching the first AIDS Accountability Country Scorecard, which aims to help evaluate and rate country responses to HIV/AIDS in relation to the UNGASS commitment. For the first time, this information is presented in an aggregated, transport and analytical fashion that allows stakeholders to compare responses on several key issues across countries. This flexible tool will be issued annually and will be developed and improved continuously as more and better date becomes available. In the coming year, AAI will continue to develop rating of other actors and establish a rating centre in South Africa. Gustaaf Wolvaardt, Executive Director of FPD, is a board member of AAI.
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 enrol 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.
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.
In the quest to achieve the organisation’s vision of “a caring Christian community ministering reconciliation and hope in a world with HIV and Aids”, the Christian AIDS Bureau of Southern Africa (CABSA) plays a key role in many aspects of the Christian HIV terrain in Southern Africa and even internationally. FPD is partnered with CABSA as part of a working group to assist in developing organisational standards for the NGO sector working in HIV.
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health’s International Centre for AIDS Care and Treatment Programme (ICAP) supports the development of high-quality HIV/AIDS care and treatment services in several resource-limited countries. ICAP provides assistance in a variety of ways, including technical assistance, management systems support, financial support, M&E and training and mentoring. In South Africa, the overall objective is to increase patient’s access to ART by supporting the DOH’s HIV/AIDS Comprehensive Care and Treatment Programme in Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. FPD collaborates with ICAP by employing clinicians to provide professional services in support of the development and implementation of a comprehensive HIV/AIDS care and treatment programme that will expand and enhance the current HIV/AIDS care and treatment capabilities of the provincial health department in these provinces.
Doctors Without Boarders/Médecins Sans Fontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organisation created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971. Today, MSF provides aid in nearly 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, and exclusion from healthcare or natural disasters. MSF provides independent, impartial assistance to those most in need. MSF reserves the right to speak out to bring attention to neglected crises, to challenge inadequacies or abuse of the aid system and to advocate for improved medical treatments and protocols. FPD and MSF jointly manage a mobile AIDS treatment unit that provides care for farm workers in the Mussina area.
GMF (formerly ICEHA), is a not-for-profit organization that engages healthcare professional to rapidly transfer their expertise on HIV care and infectious diseases to colleagues in developing countries, using an innovative method of clinical mentoring. FPD and GMF have established their cooperation in 2008. Eight international mentors per annum, recruited by GMF, have been embedded for six week secondments into FPD supported rural clinics.
The International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (www.iapac.org) is recognised under the law of the United States of America as a not-for-profit organisation. Working in partnership with the healthcare professions, business, government, academic and religious communities, IAPAC accomplishes its mission through a comprehensive programme of education, policy and advocacy, direct technical assistance and care provision initiatives spearheaded by physician members. FPD and IAPAC recently entered into a collaborative agreement to explore collaboration on training and physician exchange.
The International organization for Migration (IOM) is an inter-governmental agency committed to the principle that humans and orderly migration benefits migrants and society. It acts to assist in meeting the operational challenges of migration, advance understanding of migration issues, encourage social and economic development through migration, and uphold dignity and well-being of migrants. The IOM is working with Africa Health Placements to facilitate the recruitment and placement of foreign health care professionals in the South African public health care sector.
The International Training and Education Centre on HIV (I-TECH) (www.go2itech.org) is a global network that supports the development of a skilled health work force and well-organised national health delivery systems in order to provide effective prevention, care, and treatment of infectious disease in the developing world. FPD and I-Tech have collaborated over the past few years on numerous areas such as the organisation of their annual conference, efforts to improve clinical mentoring, the provision of ART, and the development of nurse case managers.
IntraHealth (www.intrahealth.org) a USA based international health development company is the lead agency on the Southern Africa Human Capacity Development Coalition Project. FPD is one of the coalition partners tasked with being the lead organization for all training activities. The coalition which was formed in 2006 has funding for a 5 year period to engage in regional capacity development activities.
The Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS – Italian National Institute of Health) is the leading technical and scientific public body of the Italian National Health Service. Its activities include research, surveillance and control, training and consultation in the interest of public health protection. In the frame of the Bilateral Co-Operation Programme to support the Ministry of Health of South Africa in the implementation of a National Programme of Global Response to HIV and AIDS between the Italian Government (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and the South African Department of Health, ISS has been appointed as the Italian implementer and the overall Coordinator of the Programme. ISS partners with FPD in areas such as Human Resources, Health Professionals Skills Developments and Capacity Building.
JHPIEGO (www.jhpiego.org) is an international health organisation affiliated with the John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, that builds global and local partnerships to enhance the quality of healthcare services for women and families through training and support for healthcare providers - including doctors, nurses, midwives and health educators - working in limited-resource settings throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe. FPD and JHPIEGO collaboration covers such areas as educational programmes, operational research and the development of quality assurance systems.
John Snow International (www.jsi.org) is dedicated to improving the health of individuals and communities in the United States and around the world. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, JSI and its affiliated organisations, provide high-quality technical and managerial assistance to public health programs worldwide. FPD and JSI have been collaborating on customising a patient information system for public sector ARV clinics.
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.
Nethope Academy (www.nethopeacademy.org) contributes towards decreasing unemployment and IT skills shortages in developing countries by nurturing savvy, competent IT professionals to increase their post qualification job prospects and employability. FPD has partnered with NetHope Academy to launch the Nethope IT Internship Programme in South Africa. The programme aims to address the scarcity of IT workplace skills across South Africa by training and developing young IT graduates and placing them in an IT Internship Programme. IT graduates will be provided further technical skills (over 350 hours of training) and practical experience whilst being supported by FPD and supervised by a mentor.
This programme has received a cost extension and will now run for four years, with the possibility of three other countries – Botswana, Malawi and Namibia – being included as service points. Owing to the scarcity of skills, training will be extended. As a beginning point, two participants from Lesotho and Swaziland will be selected to attend the AHMP course in Nelspruit and Bloemfontein, respectively. Training on stigma and discrimination were added to the courses that were offered in Swaziland. Mentorship training is continuing in Lesotho’s public health sector.
The UNICEF South African country office is implementing its third country programme in which it actively advocates for children, providing strategic institutional support to the country’s development priorities. Its overall goal is to support the full realisation rights of children. The FPD and UNICEF collaboration is rolling out a programme in support of the integrated PMTCT programme strategy of the National Department of Health through a number of interventions in Limpopo province. These interventions include training on PMTCT dual prophylaxis, clinical mentoring and referral linkages between ART and ANC sites in the province.
FPD and the Nursing School of UCSF (initiated a new collaborative project funded through the American International health Alliance that focuses on developing and supporting a cadre of professional nurses who can provide mentoring and leadership to sustain the HIV nurse case-management model and to evaluate the impact of the case-management model on ART clinics. One of the objective in the partnership is to strengthen the capacity of ART clinics supported by FPD to provide quality HIV care and treatment and to develop nurse case-manager training.
Uppsala University is more than 500 years old and maintains a purposeful and long-term view to always offer the best conditions for educational and research activities. The university is one of the highest ranked seats of learning in Northern Europe with their campuses combing traditional settings and state-of-the-art research facilities. National Centre for Knowledge of Men’s Violence Against Women (NCK) works by order of the Swedish Government with education, research, development, information and compilation of research findings in the area. Women subject to violence are treated at the Centre’s Outpatient Clinic at Uppsala University Hospital. The Centre also runs a national telephone helpline for women subjected to violence. FPD has partnered with NCK to present a Gender Based Violence Capacity Building Project. The overall objectives of this project are: through training to improve the knowledge, skills and attitudes of healthcare and educational professionals on violence in general; to improve service delivery for victims of violence through building referral linkages between public sector facilities such as schools and hospitals and organizations that provide support services to victims of violence; and to increase awareness amongst key opinion makers of violence as a priority public issue.
The WMA, Norwegian Medical Association and FPD collaborated to develop and host an online multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) training course. The unique web-based course has been designed for physicians and other health workers to help them diagnose, prevent and treat MDR-TB in a variety of geographical, economic and social settings. FPD also project managed the piloting of the course in South Africa. On successful completion of the pilot phase, this course was launched by the WMA at the World Conference on Lung Health of the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease in Cape Town November 2007.
AOSIS is an information technology company founded in 1999 to address the need for online services to support continuing professional development (CPD) for the health professions. FPD and AOSIS have been working together for the past three years to provide CPD accredited courses via the internet to Health Professionals. FPD collaborates with Africa Online Scientific Information Systems: Learning for Africa (AOSIS) a digital educational provider that provides FPD with an internet platform for the delivery of FPD distance education.
In May 2008 AgriAIDS AND THE FPD VCT Department embarked on a joint venture, testing farm owners and farm workers at two Brits Farms. AgriAIDS strives to provide information dissemination and awareness rising among emerging farmers and commercial agriculture role-players, while FPD provides the counselling and testing. This programme has been expanded in 2009 due to the overwhelming interest.
The AIDS Consortium uplifts communities by building AIDS competence within its national network, with a specific focus on human rights. FPD is partnered with AIDS Consortium as part of a working group to assist in developing organisational standards for the NGO sector working in HIV.
Ampath provides pathology related services to healthcare professional and their patients. The cooperation between FPD and Ampath was established in 2004. Ampath supports the Infectious Diseases Unit as its pathology partner, complementing and strengthening the Unit by bringing in a financial component, a national network of laboratories and microbiological experts.
FPD closely cooperates with the Eastern Cape Department of Health in supporting ARV roll-out and TB/HIV care through the that’sit and Positive Life Projects. The that’sit project strengthens the provincial HIV/TB response in nine Tb Hospitals and surrounding feeder clinics by ensuring compliance with accreditation criteria for ART at all supported hospital, supporting counselling and testing for TB patients, TB screening for HIV positive patients, a focus on infection control practices, clinical care, community and patient education. During 2009 all supported TB hospitals were accredited to provide ART and a number of new ARV clinics were established in the Eastern Cape through the Positive Life Project. FPD also provides a variety of training programmes to the staff of this province. A unique pilot project to launch in integrated patient management system is currently being implemented in the Makana district of the Eastern Cape through the activities of that’sit.
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.
Innovative Medicine South Africa (IMSA) is a South African pharmaceutical industry association, which focuses on building an environment for sustainable access to innovative research-based healthcare. IMSA strives to enable timely access for patients to new medicines by seeking shorted registration approval timelines. IMSA and FPD initiated the “First things First HCT Project” and tested 23 000 students in 2011.
OUT LGBT Well-being is 15 years old and one of the leading Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender groups in South Africa. OUT has been instrumental in securing same sex marriage, starting the first dedicated community centre in Gauteng, doing the first quantitative study on experiences of LGBT people, and starting the first LGBT clinic in Gauteng. The partnership between FPD and OUT specifically looks at strengthening Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) activities and providing HIV Wellness services to members of the LGBT community OUT’s Prism Community Centre. There are also plans underway to integrate LGBT issues into FPD training courses, with a special emphasis to address the needs of the men who have sex with men (MSM) community. OUT is proud of its HIV work as it addresses research – identified needs with solid program design and management.
The mission of LifeLine Southern Africa is to engage communities in active dialogue and participation, to seek understanding of the unique dynamics to support sustainable social change and emotional wellness ownership with communities. FPD is partnered with LifeLine Southern Africa as part of a working group to assist in developing organisational standards for the NGO sector working in HIV.
MapIT, together with shareholder Tele Atlas, is at the forefront of digital mapping in Southern Africa, powering the next generation of spatially-enabled technologies. Partnering with the Compass Project, MapIT provides software and technical support to assist in the geocoding and map production of HIV/AIDS service providers nationally.
The Networking HIV/AIDS Community of South Africa (NACOSA) is a non-profit organisation with its head office in Cape Town. NACOSA seeks to reduce the impact of HIV, AIDS, TB and other socio-economic conditions through building capacity, networking and strengthening the multisectoral response to these conditions in southern Africa. FPD is partnered with NACOSA as part of a working group to assist in developing organisational standards for the NGO sector working in HIV.
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.
Cares for Life is a Christian, faith-based, national NGO that is passionate about creating opportunities for change and giving hope to orphans, other vulnerable small children, women in pregnancy related crises and families in need. FPD is partnered with SA Cares for Life as one of their NGO implementing partners in the Tshwane area.
The South African Academy of Family Practice (SAAFP) delivers quality education that empowers doctors to provide appropriate health care to individuals, families and communities so that people may make an effective and create contribution to the nation. SAAFP is the largest academic and only national organization dedicated to the ongoing education and professional development of general/family practitioners. The academy’s focus and vision has been for more than 20 years on the development of the discipline of family/general practice. African Health Placements is a joint FPD SAAFP project.
FPD through it infectious Disease Unit forms part of the South African Malaria Initiative. This collaborative initiative established by the South African Department of Science and Technology brings together South African academic and research institutions involved in malaria research through a virtual model for the purpose of collaborative research on malaria. Research is conducted in the fields of new diagnostics, new drug development and vector control.
Dedicated to aligning strategic, economic, and business interests that support the quality of patient care and business activities of independent, patient centered medical Specialist practice - SpesNet has grown to become the leading, independent, multi-discipline, medical Specialist health care provider network organization in South Africa. Together with Spesnet, FPD provides specialists with an opportunity to undergo training in starting successful private specialist practices.
The Tshwane Leadership foundation (TLF) is working with churches and communities for urban transformation. Growing from the work of Pretoria community Ministries, the TLF was created in 2003 to strengthen the unfolding inner city movement of churches, communities and programmes with capacity that carry out resource development, advocacy and policy work, communication and marketing, and spiritual nurture. It also wants to play an intermediary and/or supportive role to initiatives in other parts of the City of Tshwane. FPD and TLF have been working together on a number of issues ranging from providing of AIDS treatment services to the inner-city community to developing the organizational capacity of TLF and some of its FBO partners.
Umlambo is the creation of the former Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka. The Foundation has existed since October 2008 and is a registered non-profit organisation. Umlambo Foundation leverages the goodwill of people and institutions to invest in leadership, management and development of school principals to improve the quality of education in public schools. This gives learners a chance to WIN against poverty.