CEO's Report 2017

Kheth’Impilo continued to celebrate significant achievements in 2016 as operations expanded in South Africa as well as regionally into Africa. The growth is pursuant to the organisation’s initial steps towards establishing a global footprint in public health innovation emanating from a progressive growth strategy set to roll out over the next few years. The growth strategy focuses on four strategic objectives in addressing country and community needs in Healthcare, Social Welfare, Education and Innovation while securing and advancing organisational sustainability responsibly and ethically.

The organisation provided Health System strengthening and technical assistance for HIV care to 111 facilities within South Africa. Our Health System Strengthening efforts supported a total of 274 755 HIV positive patients, retained in treatment, as at the end of September 2016.

The community based facility linked index case trailing (ICT) funded by PEPFAR through USAID provided direct HIV counselling and testing to about 58 563 patients between October 2015 and September 2016. In addition to this, Kheth’Impilo supported the provision of HIV Counseling and Testing services across all the above facilities through training of health workers, organizing and participating in HIV Counseling and Testing outreaches, as well as on site mentorship on provider initiated counselling and testing (PICT). A total of 530 502 individuals were tested and counselled with Kheth’Impilo’s Health System Strengthening efforts.

Kheth’Impilo also supported the Department of Health to ensure data from service points are readily accessible in usable format. Through targeted Health System Strengthening efforts, Kheth’Impilo ensured that out of 111 supported facilities 69 relevant facilities were signed off on, 24 on Prehmis (WC) and 11 on Ikapa systems.

The Global Fund supported our Patient advocate adherence intervention, Kheth’Impilo provided home based clinic linked adherence support to 134555patients on antiretroviral therapy for the period ending 30 September 2015. In addition, a further 74 922 individuals were provided HIV counselling and testing in their households and communities through the patient advocate program for the reported period.

The Advanced Clinical Care program funded by Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, supported 144 facilities which included 3 regional hospitals, 14 district hospitals and 127 public health clinics. Approximately 2500 complicated HIV patients failing therapy were supported by Kheth’Impilo through advanced clinical care.

Kheth’Impilo implemented the DREAMS project in 19 schools (13 primary and 6 high schools) by providing in-school education sessions on sexual, reproductive health and rights to learners in Umlasi south, EThekwini district of KwaZulu Natal province. The programme reached out to 4,964 girls 10-14 year-old and 2,098 girls 15-19 year-old girls with different education themes on sexual, reproductive health and rights.

The Extending Quality Improvement for HIV/AIDS (EQUIP) project is a multi-country project aimed at strengthening HIV treatment and prevention to support universal access and coverage in 18 countries. The year 2016 was mainly devoted to scoping visits, high level engagements with local USAID Missions, Implementing Partners and the Ministries of Health in DRC, Zimbabwe and Burundi and the beginning of some activities in Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Kheth’Impilo places great emphasis on a stakeholder approach to address the root causes of public healthcare issues in South Africa and beyond. 
We acknowledge that no stakeholder stands alone in the process of creating value.

In 2017, the organisation will drive overall health development by achieving viral suppression in all patients directly or indirectly supported. Furthermore, the organisation will design, deliver and support specialised, inclusive and quality education for learners and healthcare professionals through targeted publications, learnerships, symposiums and conferences promoting a holistic approach to public healthcare for the future generations.

We remain confident in our ability to generate, exploit and communicate new ideas and programmatic discoveries that improve existing operations continuously, allowing the organisation to implement initiatives that achieve sustainable strategic competitive advantage to ensure supported individuals, communities and governments achieve their goals.

Dr. Ashraf Grimwood