STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY COMPREHENSIVE CAPACITY ENHANCEMENT THROUGH ENGAGEMENT WITH DISTRICTS (SUCCEED)
The SUCCEED project aims to impact health outcomes in underserved regions of South Africa by addressing the 10 leading causes of morbidity and mortality including HIV/AIDS in poor-resourced districts. This will be accomplished through capacitating health care workers on improved service delivery, health systems strengthening and research. The audience for the SUCCEED project will also include undergraduate health care students to ensure contextual transformative learning, an evidence-based retention strategy that aims to contribute to human resources for health strengthening in underserved regions.
Finally the success of this project will hinge on the critical engagement and participation of the community and other relevant stakeholders, such as universities, the department of health and non-governmental organisations.
This approach is in keeping with the World Health Organisation Building blocks as highlighted below:
- Ensuring the workforce is competent in delivering health services to those that need it most with optimal use of resources. This is achieved through relevant training and mentorship in quality improvement, operational research, and HIV/AIDS, of district facility staff and undergraduate students.
- Ensuring equitable distribution of staff that are responsive, efficient and effective in the context in which they work. This will be accomplished by providing long-term decentralized training for medical and health professions students with appropriate role models in district health facilities.
- Ensuring a well-functioning health information system to track performance on service delivery related to HIV/AIDS and related diseases. This will be accomplished by incorporating a comprehensive evaluation of the impact of the DHLC model.
THE SPECIFIC AIMS OF THE PROJECT INCLUDE:
1. Contextual transformative education for undergraduate health care students and
2. Strengthening health systems and service delivery in underserved regions though capacity building and research for health care staff.
THE SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES INCLUDE:
1.Development and implementation of a model for decentralised, transformative training for undergraduate medical and health professions students;
2. Capacity development of health care workers
3. Strengthening operational research to improve service delivery; and
4. Capacity building in quality improvement projects to improve health systems functioning.