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About Strengthening Systems

FPD does not follow the narrower definition of community engagement that is solely focused on the role of students in the community. We believe that as an institution that attracts highly skilled social entrepreneurs, we are in a position to effect positive transformation in society. The work we do around system strengthening such as: supporting NGOs, working with the public sector on health and education systems strengthening, gender-based violence and learnerships speaks to this commitment.

The following departments are dedicated to our systems strengthening focus:

Departments

Integrated Health Systems Strengthening (IHSS)

The IHSS department provides Comprehensive TA for Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) for improved HIV and TB patient outcomes under an award funded through USAID and PEPFAR.

Hybrid Health Systems Strengthening (Hybrid)

The Hybrid department provides District-level TA for Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) for improved HIV and TB patient outcomes under an award through USAID and PEPFAR

Community Based HIV Testing Services (CB-HTS)

The CBCT department implements community-based HIV prevention, HIV testing services and referral and linkage support in high incident communities and priority populations in South Africa. Through funding from diverse funders, USAID/PEPFAR, Global Fund, and KFW, the department provides HIV testing services to people where they live and work.

CDC Projects

The CDC Projects department implements a package of HIV services including priority population prevention services, community-based HIV testing service and is leading an initiative to develop and test scalable below-the-line communication strategies for improved patient adherence and retention.

Strategic Information (TASI)

The TASI department provides technical support and expertise to FPD teams and Department of Health counterparts to strengthening collection, collation, reporting and use of data from routine health information systems and other relevant sources. The aim of the department is to foster a culture of evidence-based decision making from the facility to district management team level.

Epidemiology and Research Unit

The Epi and Research unit is tasked with applying scientific and epidemiologic methods to study, advance, and inform public health programmes and policy development.

Compass Project

The Compass Project is an FPD initiative that assists communities to respond effectively to HIV and AIDS through identification of the need, mapping of service provision and capacity building activities to improve the AIDS response through GIS maps, service directories and 'app-based' products.

Head of Departments

Integrated Health
Systems Strengthening (IHSS)


Dr Margot
Uys

HOD: Integrated Health System Strengthening
MB.BCh (Rand) BA (Mus) Hons, HED, AHMP (FPD-Yale)


Goal oriented and target driven Dr. Uys has extensive experience and expertise in the strengthening of health systems over the last twenty years bridging the gap from private health care to public health care and focussing mostly in resource-poor and rural South Africa. Dr. Uys has also been involved in consultancy work for UNODC and the Trimbos Instituut based in The Netherlands in the development of and training in Standard Operating Procedures and Guidelines for TB/HIV care in prisons in eleven sub-Saharan countries as well as leading the consultancy support to UNICEF in the review and evaluation of the PMTCT Mother and Child programme in South Africa in preparation for the validation exercise for the elimination of MTCT. She has also done consultancy work for GEMS (Government Employees Medical Scheme) as independent evaluator of medical aid submissions. As a project manager for Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) since 2006 in the that’sit programme, a PEPFAR-supported HIV programme with a TB focus, she was able to establish a network of TB and HIV integrated care sites in areas of extremes, overcoming a range of challenges across five provinces in South Africa. Since 2007 more than 200 clinics were receiving support through this project, a collaborative programme between the SA Medical Research Council (MRC), the Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) and the various Provincial and District Departments of Health in South Africa. In her twenty years senior health care management experience, she has focused on streamlining systems and managing people. She is currently supervising and managing more than 500 employees directly or indirectly in the areas of TB, HIV, PMTCT, Community and pharmaceutical services, SCM, Laboratory and Research. This includes categories of staff ranging from senior health care managers and clinicians to community based health care workers.

Hybrid Health Systems
Strengthening (Hybrid)


Ms Ernesha
Webb Mazinyo

HOD: District Health Systems & New Ventures
BS-Biology (Howard), MPH (Columbia)


Ernesha Webb Mazinyo has more than 20 years of international experience in public health policy, planning and practice specifically focused on organizational and program development, building partnerships and community engagement. She serves as Head of Department: District Health Services in the Technical Assistance Cluster of the Foundation for Professional Development. Ernesha has extensive experience in the public sector having served in several capacities including Program Director for the District Public Health Offices (DPHO) of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Ernesha received her Bachelor of Science from Howard University and a Master of Public Health from the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.

Community Based HIV
Testing Services (CB-HTS)


Dr Nkhensani
Nkhwashu

HOD: Community Based HIV Testing Services
BSc (Medical Science), MSc (Anatomy), PhD (Microbiology)


Nkuna Khensani is working as an HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) Specialist. She is qualified Professional nurse with B cur and MPH degrees and Advance Health Management Programme. She is currently working as an HIV Counselling and Testing specialist for FPD under CBCT department (Community Based HIV Counseling and Testing). Her main role is to manage the roll out and implementation of the Community Based HIV Counselling services in Nkangala District at Mpumalanga and in four district in Eastern Cape (Chris Hani, Sarah Baartman, Nelson Mandela Bay and OR Tambo Districts) under KFW funding/ German funding. She has 3 years experience in clinical work from Department of health and 9 years experience in FPD where by her previous role included the following: TB AND HIV mentor, Area manager an Technical advisor for Vhembe District In Limpopo for FPD.

CDC Projects


Ms Hanlie
Kapp

HOD: CDC Projects
BCur, CAHM, ACME


Hanlie Kapp qualified as registered nurse in 1989; acquired a post graduate Certificate in Health Management (2010) and Advanced Certificate in M&E (2016) through FPD. She worked as a registered nurse in primary and secondary level healthcare facilities in the public sector and transitioned to the private healthcare environment where she owned and managed a nursing practice and CDE clinics before moving to disease and hospital case management in the medical insurance environment. She has managed several USAID funded programs within FPD since joining the company in 2009. She implemented the award-winning First things First public private partnership campaign in the higher education sector in 2011. Hanlie is currently the Principle Investigator on a CDC funded program for Programmatic Implementation and Technical Assistance (TA) for HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis (TB) Prevention, Care and Treatment Services.

Strategic Information (TASI)


Bontle
Mogakane

HOD: Strategic Information
BSc Maths & Stats, HCM, AHMP


Bontle Mogakane hold a Master degree in Public Health from the University of Pretoria and has 10 years working experience in the HIV/AIDS environment. She is currently employed as Head of Department for Technical Assistant Strategic Information (TASI). She has contributed towards the development of Health Information training manuals as well as doing the actual training on “Tier” and other official registers to strengthen knowledge of the HAART programme and indicators. She was at the forefront in rolling-out TIER.Net electronic system at more than two hundred public health care facilities and also did Gender Based Violence FPD consultancy in Botswana and Swaziland crafting revised policies, SOPs and M&E framework for the GBV programs.

GBV Unit narrative


Dr Ria
Schoeman

Gender Based Violence Project
BA HONS (UP), HED (UP),MPA (UP), PhD (UP)


Ria Schoeman is an accomplished leader with over 20 years excessive professional experience within the southern African HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR), health, gender, gender equality and development sectors. She has extensive knowledge of programme design, donor-funded programme & project management, general management, grant management in multi-donor environments, operational management, and leadership & skills development. She has been working in the health and specifically HIV/AIDS/TB and gender & GBV fields since the early 1990s and worked at national and international levels with government, international agencies, NGOs and the private sector. She holds a PhD in Public Affairs from the University of Pretoria, specialising in Public Financial Management and Development. She is currently the Head of Department of GBV at the Foundation for Professional Development.

Compass Project


Mr Wentzel Kruger

Project Manager: Compass
BSc (Hons) Environmental Monitoring and Modelling (UNISA), BSc Geography (UP), HCM (FPD)


Wentzel Kruger joined the Compass team at FPD in 2009 as part-time mapping assistant. He now heads Compass as Project Manager. Specialising in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) he has played a critical role in the planning and implementation of many projects. Driven and ambitious he is continuously wanting to develop new skills and welcomes new challenges with open arms. With 8 years of experience in spatial data analysis, demographics, community - and regional (SADC) mapping, he continuously strives to deliver quality services.

Senior Advisors

Capricorn (LP)


Selaelo Mabela

District TA advisor
BA, MBA





Selaelo Mabela is a community oriented woman living in Limpopo Province which is predominantly rural. She is a professional nurse with specialization in Paediatric nursing and has several diplomas and degrees amongst which are BA, MBA. She is currently completing her MPH with Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University. She has lived her life providing services (mostly health related) to South Africans in Limpopo, North West, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and Kwa Zulu Natal since 1979 and has worked in both for the public sector and NGOs. She is currently working for FPD as a District Technical Advisor: Health Systems Strengthening supporting Limpopo Province. She is a member of Capricorn District AIDS Council, Limpopo M&E technical committee and Capricorn District Technical Working Group for District Implementation (DIP). She enjoys the advisory role bestowed on her and the trust and cooperation that she gets from the people that she works with in government, community and FPD.


Ntsetse Kgopong

District TA advisor
BSc, MBChB, Diploma in HIV Management and AHMP




Dr Ntsetse Kgopong is the Clinical Programme Manager for Capricorn under the IHSS Technical Assistance Department. She is responsible for overseeing the overall operations of the Capricorn Roving Mentor Teams (RMTs), as well as the clinical operations of the TB/HIV and STI programmes plus their sub-programs. Dr Kgopong is a medical doctor from a rural community in Limpopo Province with an interest in the management of HIV/AIDS and TB. I hold a BSc, MBChB, Diploma in HIV Management and AHMP with FPD. Dr. Kgopong has been with FPD since 2007 as an HIHV clinican, roving clinical mentor and as an NHI GP before being appointed in her current role.

Tshwane (GP)


Mzee Lwana

District TA advisor



Mzee Lwana a District Technical Advisor in Tshwane District at FPD. He is a Nurse and Social Scientist Graduate of the University of Transkei. He is responsible for leading FPD’s district-level health systems strengthening programme to improve HIV and TB patient outcomes in Tshwane District. His focus areas include: Planning, Support, Monitoring, Evaluation, Donor fund management and Programs review, leveraging HIV programmes to strengthen the health system, integrating programmes (HIV, TB, MCH, NCDs) & upscaling provision of services to Key Populations.


Sinah Vlug

District TA advisor



Dr Sinah Vlug is the Clinical Programme Manager for Tshwane under the IHSS Technical Assistance Department. She is responsible for overseeing the overall operations of the Tshwane Roving Mentor Teams (RMTs), as well as the clinical operations of the TB/HIV and STI programmes plus their sub-programs. Dr Vlug is a medical doctor who also studied bioethics and health law. She has extensive experience as an HIV specialist, clinical facilitator and mentor with special interest in adolescent and child health. Dr Vlug has been with FPD since 2007 as a pediatrics HIV clinician, roving clinical mentor and as an NHI GP before being appointed in her current role.

Nkangala (MP)


Lillian Muriel Mnisi

District TA advisor


Lillian Mnisi joined FPD in March 2014 as a technical advisor for Nkangala district hereby she is responsible for leading FPD’s district-level health systems strengthening programme to improve HIV and TB patient outcomes. She is an experienced clinical nurse, midwife and reproductive health nurse. She worked as a clinical and classroom nurse educator also providing in service education. She worked as district program manager for Mother and Child health and later as provincial HAS program manager in Gauteng health Department. During her tenure as programme manager she developed policies, undertook research, headed the Gauteng/WITS PMTCT forum and organised national and provincial HIV awareness events.


Franco Tema

Clinical Programme Manager


Dr Tema Franco is the Clinical Programme Manager for FPD Nkangala District under the IHSS Technical Assistance Department. He is responsible for overseeing the overall operations of the Nkangala District Roving Mentor Teams (RMTs), as well as the clinical operations of the TB/HIV and STI programmes. He joined FPD in 2013 as a medical mentor, then later (in 2015) NHI GP Contract. He has studied Advanced Pediatrics HIV management and developed interest in Drug resistant TB management. He received an appreciation award from Regional Training Center for the Best Mentor.

Buffalo City Metro (EC)


Funeka Wongama


District TA advisor





Funeka Wongama is a professional nurse and holds a Bachelor of Art in Nursing Science (University of South Africa) and a Master in Public Health (University of Pretoria). Funkea is FPD’s District Technical Advisor for Buffalo City Metro Health District in Eastern Cape whereby she is responsible for leading FPD’s district-level health systems strengthening programme to improve HIV and TB patient outcomes. Before joining FPD she worked as a Monitoring and Evaluation specialist in Provincial Department of Health in Eastern Cape and in the Office of the Premier as a Social Transformation Monitoring Specialist. She contributed in the development of the first Eastern Cape Provincial Evaluation Plan.


Monwabisi Mgulwa

Clinical Programme Manager
BA degree, Certificate in Primary Health Care Nursing, Diploma in Human Resources Management


Monwabisi Mgulwa is a professional nurse and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Nursing Science degree, Certificate in Primary Health Care Nursing, Diploma in Human Resources Management and other certificates in different management/leadership and clinical fields. Monwa worked as a professional nurse and then transitioned to management whereby he held position of Senior Hospital Manager for 12 years in a district hospital. Monwa has worked for FPD since 2008 on the that’sit project as project manager for HIV/TB integration. He has worked for FPD as a District Technical Advisor in Amathole Health District for 5 years until project close-out whereby he was responsible for leading FPD’s district-level health systems strengthening programme to improve HIV and TB patient outcomes. He is currently employed as FPD’s Clinical Programme Manager in Buffalo City Metro whereby he is responsible for overall operations of the Buffalo City Metro Roving Mentor Teams (RMTs), as well as the clinical operations of the TB/HIV and STI programmes plus their sub-programs

CBCT


Thato Fariari

HTS Specialist (CBCT)



Thato Farirai is an HTS Specialist at FPD under the Community based HIV Counselling and Testing program funded by USAID. She holds an honours degree in Social Work from Rhodes University and is currently completing a Master in Public Health with Wits University. Thato has been involved in HIV counselling and testing for over 15 years. She has played a major role in the expansion of HTS in South Africa, through innovative methods of testing for HIV. She has been involved in the development of the first HIV counselling and testing policy with the National Department of Health. Thato has been part of the core team in the development of HCT programs including couple testing, PICT and rapid finger prick training both in PEPFAR and in South Africa. Her interest in community development projects has sharpened her skills in project planning, implementation and monitoring. She has been privileged to provide technical assistance to a variety of projects focusing on improving community access to HIV services and improving skills of service providers to ensure healthier lives.


Khensani Nkuna

HTS Specialist (KFW)



Nkuna Khensani is a qualified Professional nurse with B cur and MPH degrees and Advance Health Management Programme. She is currently working as an HIV Counselling and Testing specialist for FPD under CBCT department (Community Based HIV Counseling and Testing). Her main role is to manage the roll out and implementation of the Community Based HIV Counselling services in Nkangala District at Mpumalanga and in four district in Eastern Cape (Chris Hani, Sarah Baartman, Nelson Mandela Bay and OR Tambo Districts) under KFW funding/ German funding. She has 3 years experience in clinical work from Department of health and 9 years experience in FPD where by her previous role included the following: TB AND HIV mentor, Area manager, and District Technical advisor for Vhembe District In Limpopo for FPD.

IHSS


Barend Botha

Technical Advisor: Pharmaceutical Services
Advanced Certificate in Health Management
Bachelor of Pharmacy degree


Barend Botha is a registered pharmacist and holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree (University of Pretoria) and an Advanced Certificate in Health Management (FPD). Barend is an international health specialist with at least 20 years’ experience in pharmaceutical supply chain management, the development and implementation of HIV/AIDS community programs and in health systems strengthening in Southern Africa. He is currently the Technical Advisor on Supply Chain Management at FPD and previously served as the Senior Program Manager of the USAID New Partners Initiative Program. As a Director and the Senior Program Manager at FHI360, he was also responsible for the management, overall oversight, technical assistance, financial monitoring and the local lead on the CDC funded VCT program.


Rick Stephens

Operations Manager:
IACT and Adherence Clubs




Rick Stephen grew up in Aberdeen, Scotland (UK). Rick’s sense of adventure started in 1978 when he decided to immigrate to New Zealand. He came via South Africa on holiday and never left. “I felt a deep sense of belonging and knew my destiny, for some inexplicable reason would be in this country. I found my destiny in 1988 when I was diagnosed with HIV” This led Rick into the world of HIV/AIDS where he has “lived, worked and slept ever since” working with many local, regional and international networks/organisations in Organizational Development and PLHIV empowerment programs. Rick is the Operations Manager for the Adherence Programme which provides ART Adherence Club Services as part of FPDs Direct Service Delivery (DSD) to HIV+ stable clients through effective monitoring and best practice implementation of Health Systems Strengthening in long term adherence and retention strategies.


Martin Masango

QI Manager





Martin is a Proficiency Testing and Quality Improvement (PTQI) Manager based at FPD Head office under the IHSS Technical Assistance Department. His role is to oversee the quality assurance aspects of HIV testing in four comprehensive districts (Capricorn, Nkangala, Tshwane and recently Buffalo City). Martin Masango is a Medical Laboratory Technologist by profession, where his focus was drawn to laboratory diagnosis and research. He developed an interest in Lab Quality Management systems and studied Pharmaceutical Sciences in view of complementing his knowledge in other related fields. Previous collaboration with FPD on QA has led him to join the organization in July 2016.


Chris Visser

Clinical Supervisor





Research


Locardiah Mlambo

Biostatistican



Locardiah Mlambo (MSc Medical Statistics) is FPD’s Senior Biostatistician with over 20 years of expertise in all phases of the analytical process. She has extensive experience in the design and analysis of large-scale cohort, cross-sectional and intervention studies. In her current position she leads the implementation of protocol methodology, appropriate study designs, statistical analysis plans, the development of randomization schedules, sample size and power calculations activities for studies in the TA’s primary focus areas. Ms. Mlambo was previously the Senior Biostatistician for CDC South Africa’s PEPFAR program’s Strategic Information Branch. She also served as a Statistician for the South African Medical Research Council’s Respiratory and Meningeal Pathogens Research Unit (RMPRU) for 10 years. In her capacity within the RMPRU she was lead statistician on HIV related clinical trials and currently sits as a member of the Data Safety Monitoring Board for Clinical trials at the Perinatal HIV Research Unit.


Patience Kweza

Epidemiologist




Maanda Mudau

Epidemiologist



Maanda Mudau is a graduate of the South African Filed Epidemiology Training Programme and holds a MPH from the University of Pretoria and a BSc MedSc (Hons) in Epidemiology from Stellenbosch University. He has also received training in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in disease control programmes at the Royal Tropical institute in the Netherlands. Prior to working for FPD he was an epidemiologist at Health Systems Trust, supporting PEPFAR-funded health systems strengthening activities. He worked as lead epidemiologist in the South African National Tuberculosis Drug Resistance Survey at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), Centre for Tuberculosis. He has experience in surveillance of bacterial and viral healthcare acquired infections within the obstetrics/gynecology and paediatric setting. He has published peer-reviewed articles and some of the work he has done has been presented in conferences locally and internationally. In 2014 he received the Norvatis Vaccines Award for Infectious Disease Epidemiology from the International Society for Infectious Diseases for work he did in Geographic Information Systems. He also received an award for best publication from the University of Pretoria, School of Health Systems and Public Health. His current area of focus is Sexually Transmitted Infections during pregnancy and their impact on neonatal health and developmental outcomes. Other areas of interest include geospatial analysis of infectious disease patterns and applications of molecular techniques in public health/epidemiological research.


Simukai Shamu

Epidemiologist



Simukai Shamu, PhD. is a Behavioural Scientist and Epidemiologist, currently serving as a Senior Epidemiologist. He received training in public health and social epidemiology. Simukai has a strong history of development and evaluation of interventions among women, adolescents and children along with epidemiological studies of communicable and non-communicable diseases. His research interests are in maternal and child health research, intimate partner violence and HIV prevention research. Simukai employs both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies in most of his intervention and evaluation studies. He is currently a Co-Investigator for a randomised controlled trial on Youth HIV prevention and economic strengthening in South Africa. Previously, he was a Senior Scientist at the South African Medical Research Council where he conducted research on primary prevention of intimate partner violence and HIV among adolescents.

TASI


Jean Slabbert

M&E operations manager
Master’s degree in Econometrics




Jean Slabbert is FPD’s Senior M&E Advisor to FPD’s Community-Based HIV Testing Service (CB-HTS) Programmes. In addition to the routine M&E and reporting requirements, Jean manages the continued development and rollout of the CB-HTS mobile application and USSD surveys. Jean has a Master degree in Econometrics and nearly ten years’ experience in monitoring and evaluation across various industries. He prides himself on his ability to optimise the technical efficiency of systems and processes he manages. Jean has a passion for people, strives to live what he believes in every circumstance and believes that strength is for service, not status.


Mashudu Rampilo

Senior M&E advisor





Mr Wentzel Kruger

Project Manager: Compass
BSc (Hons) Environmental Monitoring and Modelling (UNISA), BSc Geography (UP), HCM (FPD)


Wentzel Kruger joined the Compass team at FPD in 2009 as part-time mapping assistant. He now heads Compass as Project Manager. Specialising in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) he has played a critical role in the planning and implementation of many projects. Driven and ambitious he is continuously wanting to develop new skills and welcomes new challenges with open arms. With 8 years of experience in spatial data analysis, demographics, community - and regional (SADC) mapping, he continuously strives to deliver quality services.


Ms Romy Overmeyer

Technical Assistance Special Programmes (TASI)
B. Econ. Sci.




Romy Overmeyer has over 10 years in the corporate and development sectors, incorporating aspects of profit maximization to managing large funding agreements. With a degree in Actuarial Science and Mathematical Statistics, her core technical focus has been M&E and Analytics. She has managed large, complex teams across multiple disciplines including Health Informatics, M&E, Health Behaviour Interventions, Business Process, and Training. She was employed at Foundation for Professional Development as the Head of Department for Strategic Information in October 2014. Romy is currently a Technical Advisor for Strategic Information to the National Department of Health. She is the lead for the Strategic Information Technical Working Group on the 90-90-90 initiative and has also led the process to set targets across all provinces in support of the National Annual Performance Plan for Health.