Consortium launched

2019-06-19 06:00

The Universities Consortium project, in partnership with the national Department of Health, is envisaged to have a far-reaching impact in the provision of health care in South Africa.

The Universities Consor­tium comprises the University of the Witwatersrand, University of Johannesburg, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, University of Fort Hare, University of Pretoria, Nelson Mandela University and the University of the Free State (UFS).

This ambitious project was officially launched at the UFS campus in Bloemfontein on 6 June.

The consortium, with the Faculty of Health Sciences, will work together to implement this newly developed service delivery model.

In terms of the partnership, the Universities Consortium will support the national health delivery by assisting in the employment of graduates to provide services while they complete their statutory internships and community service period.

The consortium will also provide administrative and technical support to the national Department of Health to achieve the targeted goals.

In addition, the Universities Consortium is expected to enable opportunities on multiple levels, including facilitating access to facilities, services and information.

According to stakeholders, the project is expected to start changing lives positively through meaningful engagement and a commitment to achieving universal health coverage over the next three years.

  • “The Universities Consortium is an initiation of a movement that is long overdue,” said Prof. Pagollang Motloba, chairperson of the consortium steering committee. “It enables universities to collaborate rather than compete on critical health challenges.

“This project is unprecedented and will provide unparalleled benefits to both the country and the institutions involved.”

The initiative came about after the department, through a closed bid, invited universities with Health Sciences faculties to test contracting mechanisms.

The tender invited universities to support national Health Insurance reforms by providing administrative and technical support, and health care services through contracting health care professionals.


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