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AHP Milestones

2014
  • AHP made 333 placements (314 foreign-qualified and 19 local). 
  • During 2014, healthcare workers on the ground provided 93 720 health worker days with support staff contributing a further 12 340 days.
  • AHP completed workforce planning assessments for 418 facilities across South Africa, predominantly in rural areas. This included assessments at 295 primary healthcare clinics, 58 community health centres and 65 district hospitals in 11 districts across five provinces. These assessments were used to inform the HR planning processes in these districts.
  • AHP rolled out HRH Assist, a HR management capacity building programme, using the information gathered in the 2013 retention survey. The retention survey identified three focus areas – communication, learning and development, and leadership development – that needed to be addressed to improve retention. AHP ran 277 HRH Assist capacity building sessions on these focus areas. 4 682 district and facility managers attended the sessions.
  • AHP also ran the retention survey for the second time. The results showed an improvement in the communication area – a focus area of HRH Assist – with an increase in 0.4 in this score between 2013 and 2014. The average retention rate in districts receiving this service was 92%.
  • The 2009 Community Service Survey results were published in an international journal, Human Resources for Health
  • AHP completed the design and implementation of a Recruitment and Selection strategy and process, a Recognition Programme and the organisation’s Compensation Philosophy all integrated through AHP’s culture framework.

2013

  • AHP made 412 placements (261 foreign-qualified and 151 local). 
  • During 2013, healthcare workers on the ground provided 94 780 health worker days with support staff contributing a further 4 700 days.
  • AHP's Retention Programme expanded into nine districts and one sub-district. On-the-ground Retention Officers offered support to more health worker cadres, including dentists and community service officers. The average retention rate in districts receiving this service was 91.4%. 
  • The Retention Programme started to focus on HR capacity building of district management teams. Retention is impacted by myriad factors. To ensure retention efforts are informed by the needs experienced by health workers in rural areas, AHP ran an adapted corporate retention survey with staff in nine health districts and one sub-district to measure the Employee Value Proposition (EVP) experienced by these staff. Together with district managers, AHP Retention Officers used the survey results to identify the weakest EVP areas for targeted capacity building interventions. 
  • AHP codified its culture to be deliberate in creating a consistent positive experience for all of AHP’s customers – internally and externally. The codifying process was followed by a Culture Live project to design and socialise AHP’s organisational structure, role profiles, onboarding programme, and performance management and personal development systems in alignment with AHP’s culture framework. 
  • As a leader in Human Resources for Health, AHP developed a Rational Workforce Planning Model to help facilities and governments understand where health workers of a particular skill can make the greatest impact on health outcomes. AHP conducted workforce planning assessments at 85 district hospitals, primary healthcare clinics and community health centres in the Frances Baard, Nelson Mandela Bay and Waterberg districts in the Northern Cape, Eastern Cape and Limpopo.
2012
  • In January the Rural Doctors’ Support Programme expanded into a further five districts in four provinces, reaching 4.4 million people.
  • AHP launched as a separate legal entity. Two companies were registered in March. AHP Recruitment Foundation NPC (whose name was changed to Africa Health Placements NPC) is the donor-funded arm of what AHP does. Africa Health Placements (Pty) Ltd is the for-profit entity in which all our profitable work will take place. The aim of the Pty division of AHP is to build sustainability for our NPC arm by charging a fee for placements, which will enable our non-profit side to continue to offer human resources solutions for the public healthcare sector. 
  • The orientation team developed a hospital induction programme in partnership with the District Manager in Vhembe, Limpopo. This programme was implemented in the Donald Fraser Hospital at the end of 2012 for the community service officers starting in 2013.
  • 294 placements were made in 2012.
2011
  • AHP, with the support of rural healthcare expert Dr Tim Wilson, launched the Rural Doctors’ Support Programme in January 2011 in three districts in the Eastern Cape to address the lack of support for doctors. 
  • This programme had such great success that it was decided that the programme, in partnership with Broadreach and FPD, would be expanded.
  • The community service officer research project reports for 2009 and 2010 were completed.
  •  476 placements were made in rural and underserved healthcare facilities.
2010
  • AHP branched out into Swaziland and Lesotho where a significant impact was made in terms of placements and improving systems.
  • AHP started working with PEPFAR-funded clinics to move their staff onto government payroll in advance of the end of PEPFAR funding to ensure continuity of services for people living with HIV/Aids.
  • The full implementation of AHP's orientation and ongoing support programmes proved to be a success.
  • AHP's CEO Saul Kornik was the key-note speaker at the launch of the WHO Rural and Remote Health Recruitment and Retention Guidelines.
  • 542 placements were made in South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho.
2009
  • 2009 is the year AHP crossed the 1 000th placement mark and a press event was held to commemorate this.
  • Expansion plans into Swaziland and Lesotho were formulated.
  • An extensive orientation programme was designed and implementation began.
  • Community service officer research was conducted.
  • The London GP Deanery got involved with AHP, sending junior doctors to South Africa as part of an out-of-programme year.
  • In 2009 alone, 510 permanent and volunteer placements were made: 246 foreign-qualified doctors (GPs and specialists) in rural government hospitals and 264 local-qualified health workers of all cadres who were placed mostly in HIV/Aids clinics.
2008
  • The joint venture was rebranded into AHP as it is known today.
  • During 2008 consolidation and strategy were the main orders of business. The first team retreat took place, and a mission, vision and organisational culture were formulated.
  • Therese Hansen started as AHP’s USA liaison, situated in Washington DC.
  • AHP made 448 placements in underserved facilities in South Africa – this translates to over five times more doctors placed through AHP than produced through all eight South African medical schools annually.
2007
  • In just two years the impact of The Placement Project (TPP) and the Rural Health Initiative (RHI) was phenomenal: TPP focused on the recruitment of local doctors, while RHI’s focus was on foreign-qualified doctors.
  • During 2007, TPP and RHI’s recruitment project signed a joint venture agreement merging the two projects into a single public sector healthcare solution for South Africa.
  • The merged project moved into new offices in Johannesburg, set up an independent advisory board (comprising Ntondeni Ndwamato, Gustaaf Wolvaardt, Jannie Hugo and Clarence Mini) and began setting up the infrastructure for the growth of this concept.
  • The joint venture was signed for Africa Health Placements (AHP) in July. This process was facilitated through Atlantic funding and RuDASA.
  • AHP was given funding by PEPFAR, Discovery, CIDA as well as Anglo American and De Beers, through Tshikululu.
  • A total of 222 placements were made.
2006
  • The Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) founded The Placement Project (TPP), a not-for-profit recruitment agency, in January 2006. This venture, run by Gustaaf Wolvaardt and Veena Pillay, and funded by Atlantic Philanthropies, was based on a feasibility study done by FPD.
  • AHP's CEO Saul Kornik joined RHI as the CEO.
  • RHI and TPP entered into a collaborative relationship for the recruitment of healthcare professionals for the South African public sector.
  • AHP’s UK office was opened by Liz and Martin Schroeder. Greg Lydall also started in the UK as a volunteer.
  • During 2006 a total of 119 placements were made.
2005
  • The Department of Home Affairs set up a waiver for foreign-qualified doctors to apply through the Foreign Workforce Management Programme (FWMP).
  • In February R300 000 in funding from Discovery was secured and in April, Prof Steve Reid approached Tracey Hudson to start working on the project, recruiting foreign-qualified doctors in KwaZulu-Natal.
  • In May, guided by Jannie Hugo, the Rural Doctors’ Association of South Africa (RuDASA) launched the Rural Health Initiative (RHI) Recruitment Project under the auspices of the South African Academy of Family Practice (SAAFP).
  • In this first year of recruitment 16 doctors were placed.