Our Strategic Partners

FPD has over the years developed a number of strategic partnerships with world-class academic and health development institutions.

These partnerships include:



With an international reputation for top-rated teaching and research, the Alliance Manchester Business School is firmly positioned at the leading edge of dynamic business performance. Dedicated to developing effective managers for every sector and discipline, the AMBS invests in today’s management the ideas and experience that will equip its graduates (since 1998). AMBS in partnership with FPD offers an international management programme for executive leaders in Africa.


Brigham and Associates, Inc. is dedicated to improving healthcare and the disability and claims systems to ensure accurate decisions and prevent needless and inaccurate disability claims. We accomplish this through web-based resources, training, speaking, writing, and consultation.

FPD has partnered with Brigham and Associates, Inc. to offer an online short course in the Evaluation of Permanent Medical Impairment Rating based on the Internationally accredited AMA Guides with the associated tools to support practitioners with the knowledge and skills to evaluate permanent medical impairment appropriately.


Golden Key International Honour Society (GKIHS) is the world's largest collegiate honor society for graduate and undergraduate students, and has strong relationships with over 400 universities around the world. Golden Key is built on the pillars of academics, leadership, and service, and our chapters are committed to implementing service projects and leadership development for all students on their campus

GKIHS has partnered with FPD to bring its membership access to a unique set of short courses in alignment to the GKIHS pillars. This includes an exclusive short course management package.


NextGenU offers a learning portal invented to help democratize education and aims to educate and improve the capacity of the health workforce. NextGenU offers courses from undergraduate-level pre-health sciences, nursing, and community health worker training through medical and public health graduate training, medical residency programs, and continuing medical education at no or low cost.

NextGenU partners with FPD to exchange best practise content to make the best quality content available to more health care workers at an affordable price.


Immune System Regulations AB (ISR) is an innovation driven research company within the area of immunotheraphy, based at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, The Association for Health Professions Education and Leadership (AHPEL) works to advance health professions education in sub-Saharan Africa. FPD joined forces with AHPEL in the curriculum development and Council of Higher Education (CHE) accreditation of the Post Graduate Diploma in Health Professions Education and Leadership. This qualification aims to develop suitably qualified leaders in Health Professions Education (HPE) to meet the increasing complexity of HPE in a fast and continuously changing educational landscape. It is in response to the increasing demand for individuals with specialised knowledge and leadership skills in order to best educate 21st century health professionals and ensure the quality of healthcare in Sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, FPD has partnered with AHPEL to develop the short course in scientific peer review, helping participants navigate the process in reviewing scientific papers and providing adequate feedback to the editorial board of a journal.

The FPD and AAMSSA partnership migrated in 2022 to an endorsement offered by the society after six years of close collaboration for the postgraduate qualification in Aesthetic Medicine. This 2-year programme consisting of 4 modules with a strong practical component, is designed to give participants advanced comprehension and skills so that they can manage and treat various pathological and non-pathological conditions pertaining to aesthetics at a high level of competency and confidence.


Founded in 1915, Yale’s School of Public Health is one of the oldest accredited schools of public health. 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 wellbeing through organised 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 healthcare managers.


IQVIA (NYSE:IQV) is a leading global provider of information, innovative technology solutions and contract research services focused on helping healthcare clients find better solutions for patients. Formed through the merger of IMS Health and Quintiles, IQVIA applies human data science - leveraging the analytic rigor and clarity of data science to the ever-expanding scope of human science - to enable companies to reimagine and develop new approaches to clinical development and commercialisation, speed innovation and accelerate improvements in healthcare outcomes. Powered by the IQVIA CORE™, IQVIA delivers unique and actionable insights at the intersection of large- scale analytics, transformative technology and extensive domain expertise, as well as execution capabilities. With more than 55,000 employees, IQVIA conducts operations in more than 100 countries. IQVIA’s HCP Space is a holistic networking and learning platform for healthcare professionals. FPD and IQVIA have partnered to offer their respective content to healthcare professionals through the reach of both IQVIA and FPD’s online platforms.


Aesthetic and Antiaging Medicine Society of South Africa (AAMSSA)

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 among members and improve relationships among 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 Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, (CSIR), is South Africa’s premier and central scientific research and development organisation. It was established by act of parliament in 1945 and is situated on its own campus in city of Pretoria. The CSIR and FPD have collaborated in supporting the public and private sector by offering infection control and prevention courses.


Eloquent Learning Health is a training company focusing on evidence based practical training in the Wound Management Environment. FPD has partnered with Eloquent Wound Management to develop a basic wound care course as well as a course to address the management of wound care in the maligne and palliative patient.


The Beauty Brand is a consultancy serving clients who have an appreciation for authentic beauty, personal development, creativity, a passion for learning and being their best selves. The Beauty Brand offerings link together a host of products, services and suppliers that develop client’s beauty and brand and ultimately unlocks potential. FPD has partnered with The Beauty Brand to make a short course in personal branding available to you, to help you be deliberate about your personal brand so you can live out your life's mission


The Coaching Centre (TCC) has a 20-year history as a pioneer and leader in Coaching and Leadership Development both locally and globally. Under the leadership of Dr Paddy Pampallis, TCC forms part of the recently launched Integral U Africa Institute, an initiative to integrate leading theory and practice from Africa, the east and west, into a relevant and whole offering for integral human development. The Ubuntu Coaching Foundation (UCF), further serves our passion for integration through making coaching and leadership skills development accessible to communities and community organisations

FPD together with the TCC offers a short course that covers the fundamentals of coaching skills, competencies, frameworks, models and tools through theoretical presentation, group discussions, practical coaching exercises and reflective processes


FluidRock is the leading independent governance firm. FluidRock provides a holistic suite of services in a flexible and client-centric manner to ensure the relevant needs of every organisation and its board (governing body), executives and stakeholders are met. Each division is headed up by an industry expert with many years’ experience supported by a team of passionate and energetic individuals. In partnership with FluidRock, FPD provides an online short course in Business Ethics for all professionals.


This is one of FPD’s oldest partnerships that has led to the very successful series of bi-annual National AIDS Conferences that has become one of 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 partnered with the Fund to implement the National HIV Think Tank project, the UNICEF DHSSi project.


Indlela is a collaboration between the University of Witwatersrand’s Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Office (HE2RO) and the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE). Indlela is a first-of-its-kind unit focused specifically on improving the effectiveness of the public sector in delivering health care and achieving better health outcomes in South Africa. In 2022, Indlela funded and provided technical and research support to FPD to test the use of Behavioral Science in creating demand for the GP Care Cell project.


FPD is the secretariat for the National HIVTT funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Under chairmanship of the NDOH, various stakeholders from government, academia, NGOs, private sector, donors and community and implementers come together to review epidemiological, routine monitoring and economic evidence related to the HIV epidemic. In line with the identification of gaps and next steps, HIV TT extends support for piloting of research projects and programs. The research unit has received support from the HIV TT for the community PREP study for adolescent girls and young women, to enhance the identification of potential participants for PrEP through community-based counselling and testing platforms such as homebased testing. Support was extended to gain a further understanding of study communities in relation to PrEP uptake and adherence, with the aim of informing future interventions and programs.


PSS’ TRISCOMS® framework is a leader in Education Technology (PSS) and is used in multinational programs by organisations like the United Nations and private sector alike. FPD has partnered with PSSG to create a unique Information Technology School, that is a Microsoft Imagine Academy as well as Microsoft Global training partner and also a CompTIA delivery partner. Their dedicated online LMS (learner management system) is a platform to provide the right tools, resources and preparation materials to certify or qualify in international IT certifications and local qualifications. The training platform includes vendor backed curricula with very exciting features promoting advancement in all IT related careers, from digital literacy to Azure and cloud management and everything in between


PEN is a non-profit, 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 psychosocial support and positive prevention activities of PLH


PPO Serve (Professional Provider Organisation Services) is a private company that creates new local healthcare systems that work for both patients and doctors, with the aim of making quality healthcare more affordable and accessible to all South Africans. Private healthcare is becoming increasingly unaffordable for the majority of South Africans. This is due to a fragmented service model and the absence of remuneration models that fund value. PPO Serve develops multidisciplinary teams, called Integrated Clinical ConsortiaTM (ICCTM), which provide comprehensive healthcare in systems for the people they serve and are paid based on the value they deliver. PPO Serve supplies the support services and easy to use toolkits and an IT system to enable them to work together in teams. During 2022, FPD worked closely with PPO Serve to implement the GP Care Cell (GPCC) project, a model to contract and manage private GPs and community pharmacies to initiate uninsured PLHIV outside public sector clinics; in previous years we worked on an Ideal Clinic modelling project in line with the vision for NHI


SADA represents the vast majority of active dentists in the private and public sectors in South Africa. The Association is regarded as the voice of dentistry in Southern Africa and is the most relied on body regarding all aspects of dental practice in the region. SADA has partnered with FPD to gain accreditation to offer a distance Higher Certificate in Dental Assisting. This will offer a much-needed opportunity to those in rural areas to gain a qualification to improve the availability of dental assistants across the country.


The South African Medical Association (SAMA) is a nonstatutory, 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 genderbased violence projects and a number of educational projects aimed at SAMA members.


Division of Infectious Diseases and Program in Global Health, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), California, U.S.A.

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.

Program in Global Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, U.S.A.

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.

University of Cape Town: National TB/HIV Hotline for Healthcare Professinals

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.

University of Kwazulu Natal (UKZN) Info4africa

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.

University of Pretoria (UP)

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.

  • An evaluation of the quality of care provided at the three NIRMART facilities in the Greater Tzaneen Municipal Area: An action researched project.
  • Antiretroviral therapy programme outcomes in Tshwane District: a five year retrospective study.
  • Pre-antiretroviral therapy patient loss to care in three South African public health facilities: Implication for pretreatment care.
  • Characteristics of adult patients who are lost to follow-up in antiretroviral roll out clinics in Gauteng, South Africa.