The Stellenbosch University Collaborative Capacity Enhancement through Engagement with Districts (SUCCEED) project is a response to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) call for South African University-based technical assistance aimed at improving the quality of HIV/AIDS and related services in South Africa under PEPFAR. (Click HERE for an information sheet).

SUCCEED’s purpose is to, through engagement with stakeholders, develop District Health Learning Centres (DHLC) as centres of excellence within South Africa’s PEPFAR Focusing for Impact Districts. These DHLC will function as models for quality service delivery, operational research, training and mentorship in district health care.  The project strives to make a contribution to the 90:90:90 goals by focusing on HIV care and treatment. 

 SUCCEED comprises three main activities namely:

  • The development and implementation of a model for decentralised training for undergraduate medical and health professions students.
  • Strengthening operational research.
  • Capacity building in quality improvement in HIV care in health districts.

The project team consists of:

  • Principal Investigator – Prof MR de Villiers
  • Project Manager - Mrs Vuyelwa Mehlomakulu (vmhelo@sun.ac.za)
  • Project Coordinator – Ms Lezel Fisher (lezel@sun.ac.za)
  • Activity leads - Prof Julia Blitz, Prof Taryn Young, Dr Kerrin Begg

New Medical School for the Eastern Cape

Nelson Mandela University (NMU) will open South Africa’s ninth medical school in 2020 when the school is expected to accept its first class of 100 aspiring doctors.

In a move greenlighted by Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande last year, the Port Elizabeth university will expand its existing health science faculty to include an undergraduate medical degree, says NMU spokesperson Zandile Mbabela.

The school will eventually offer specialist training in fields such as radiography and emergency medical care, she says.

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AFREhealth 2017 - Accra, Ghana

SUCCEED Newsletter - August 2017

Decentralised Training in the Health Professions

At the closing ceremony of the 2017 SAAHE national conference in Potchefstroom, delegates adopted a conference declaration in the form of the Consensus Statement on Decentralised Training in the Health Professions, which was endorsed by the SAAHE national council.

The consensus statement positions decentralised training as being part of the solution to the challenges we face in health care, and calls on all those involved – particularly education and service partners – to work together towards developing a shared vision for such training. It is part of a process that includes the development of a framework that will provide practical guidance for implementing decentralised training.

We hereby invite all SAAHE members to support the statement, to use it in advocating for decentralised training and to request organisations that you are part of to consider adding their formal endorsement of it. Please let us know about any such endorsements or formal institutional support via the comments field below in the announcement on the national website. 


Aljazeera Report on PACK


SUCCEED is inviting letters of intent for research that seeks to enable the effective implementation of health programmes in South Africa to advance the achievement of 90:90:90 goals for HIV – 90% people living with HIV knowing their status, 90% linked to care and 90% adhering to care. READ MORE ...


SUCCEED is offering grants for Masters and PhD students conducting operational research in sites where the SUCCEED project is being implemented. Operational research is about research into strategy, interventions, tools and knowledge that can enhance the quality, coverage and effectiveness or performance of health systems and programmes in which the research is being conducted. READ MORE...


Knowledge Translation Unit - UCT

The UCT Knowledge Translation Unit is working with SUCCEED in providing peer reviewed guidelines for medical staff and training them in its use.