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South Africa Partners

Boston, MA   |  http://www.sapartners.org

Mission

Our Vision: We envision a South Africa where every citizen enjoys the benefits of a just democracy.

Our Mission: South Africa Partners unlocks the collaborative potential between South Africa and the United States to create systemic change, ensuring access to equitable healthcare and education.

Ruling year info

1998

Executive Director

David Dolbashian

Country Director

Tony Diesel

Main address

101 Arch St, 8th Floor, #8285

Boston, MA 02110 USA

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EIN

04-3396641

NTEE code info

International Educational Development (Q34)

International Health Development (Q39)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

South Africa has the highest-profile HIV epidemic in the world, with an estimated 7.1 million people living with HIV in 2017. Lack of education and awareness programs in low-resource regions and social inequalities contribute to the high disease rates.

Approximately 72% of children in South Africa's Province of the Eastern Cape live in impoverished communities, and just 28% of children ages 0 to 4 attend daycare outside the home. Without early education, most children from disadvantaged backgrounds arrive at kindergarten lacking the basic skills they need to succeed.

In South Africa healthcare is a human right, guaranteed by the Constitution. Achieving these goals requires skilled and committed health care managers and leaders in the provinces and districts to drive this health system transformation. Faced with daunting human resource challenges, there is limited capacity to implement policies, insufficient innovation, and shortfalls in executive leadership.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Strengthening care and support systems for South Africans affected by HIV/AIDS

SA Partners operates in South Africa implementing public health projects with Department of Health and Department Correctional Services (DCS). Projects focus on improving quality of life of people living with Infectious Diseases (HIV, Tuberculosis, COVID19, etc.), and NCDs (Diabetes, Hypertension, etc.)
The projects identify & refer clients to support programs to increase retention and adherence to their treatment regimens.
With over 155,000 incarcerated individuals in the DCS facilities, SA Partners program focuses on Treatment and Prevention including HIV & TB Testing, offering PrEP and Peer based activities for HIV negative Inmates. Technical assistance, training & mentoring of DCS Clinicians. ART Initiation is provided for inmates testing HIV positive to strengthen the Clinical Cascade.
Programs implemented include Strengthening Prevention Services in Correctional Centres(STEPS), Integrated Access to Care and Treatment (I ACT), Sensitization Training & Post-Release Reintegration

Population(s) Served
People with HIV/AIDS
Incarcerated people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of fellows graduated from the Albertina Sisulu Executive Leadership Programme in Health (ASELPH) who have received executive-level training and mentoring

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This project has ended

Number of Provincial Department of Health facility staff trained on the National Adherence Guidelines for Chronic Diseases to maintain support for HIV/AIDS.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This project has ended. Handed over to the National and Provincial Departments of Health South Africa

Number of facilitators trained on the National Adherence Guidelines for Chronic Diseases which includes our I ACT curriculum

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Project has ended Handed over to the Department of Health South Africa

Number of clients participating in support groups

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Strengthening care and support systems for South Africans affected by HIV/AIDS

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We manage Correctional Facilities Support Groups focused on HIV care and management. Peer Educators, who are incarcerated persons, run the groups in 33 Correctional Facilities across South Africa.

Number of free anonymous HIV testing and counseling sessions offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Strengthening care and support systems for South Africans affected by HIV/AIDS

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We provide HIV testing and Counseling to inmates in 33 Correctional Facilities across South Africa

Number of HIV-positive people begin HIV treatment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Strengthening care and support systems for South Africans affected by HIV/AIDS

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Newly diagnosed HIV + individuals diagnosed through testing campaigns and who commenced HIV treatment through our work in 33 Correctional Facilities across South Africa

Number of clients diagnosed with HIV or STDs who are linked into care within 30 days

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Strengthening care and support systems for South Africans affected by HIV/AIDS

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

COVID restrictions impacted our ability to access facilities throughout 2021 and connect people to proper care.

Number of people provided with PrEP

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Strengthening care and support systems for South Africans affected by HIV/AIDS

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This program provides PrEP to inmates who request it after testing negative for HIV at one of our campaigns. The program was ramped up through COVID restrictions.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our Vision
We envision a South Africa where every citizen enjoys the benefits of a just democracy.

Our Mission
South Africa Partners unlocks the collaborative potential between South Africa and the United States to create systemic change, ensuring access to equitable healthcare and education.

We foster unique and effective public health collaborations that improve the quality of life for people living with and affected by HIV, tuberculosis and non-communicable chronic diseases.

We work with government departments, private corporations, and the non-profit sector to develop and support programs that expand educational opportunities across the socioeconomic spectrum in early childhood development.

We work with universities in the U.S. and South Africa to provide executive-level training and support to build the capacity of leaders who drive health system transformation in South Africa.

South Africa Partners serves as a hub for spokes of advocacy and action, rolling all stakeholders toward a defined goal. For over 20 years, we have helped partners summon sufficient momentum to propel a solution up and over the tipping point to sweeping change.

The solutions we cultivate, pilot, scale and sustain are supported by research and are suitable for low-resourced settings in South Africa.

Fostering Partnerships
bring partners together across a broad range of expertise

Research
identify gaps · develop knowledge base · test model

Technical Assistance
transfer knowledge · build skills · mentor and coach · review and quality assurance · improvement strategy and experiential learning · monitoring and evaluation

Capacity Building
application of skills and knowledge · systems change and adaptation

Systems Strengthening
adapt models and policies in multiple settings at systems level (national, provincial, district, facility) · increase reach

Evaluation
program indicators · system indicators · population indicators

We work at the systems level to improve health and education outcomes, acting as a hub for spokes of advocacy and action to roll all stakeholders toward a defined goal.

Our programs have been cultivated at the community level, then piloted, scaled and sustained across South Africa in partnership with the national government and other partners. Here are just a few examples of our progress indicators:

795 health department members have been trained on how to empower entire communities affected by HIV to confidently lead healthy lives

Almost 500 children under the age of 6 have benefited from the early Childhood Development Network since 2014.

Almost 300 fellows enrolled in the Albertina Sisulu Executive Leadership in Health program have received executive-level training and mentoring.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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South Africa Partners

Board of directors
as of 04/11/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms Jessica Benjamin

Ellen Sullivan

Phillips Academy

Paks Madikiza

Community Paediatrician

Leora Rajak

Enterpriseroom Pty Ltd.

Brittani Smit

IES Abroad

Jessica Benjamin

Loring, Wolcott & Coolidge

Lebo McCallum

Nielsen

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/13/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Middle Eastern/North African
Gender identity
Non-binary, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/18/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.