About our company
The institute of Health Programs and Systems (IHPS) is a tax-exempt company established as a section 21, non-profit organization (NPO) registered, non-government organization (NGO). IHPS is led by an accomplished team of experienced health and social development professionals with a profound understanding of the South African health and social development systems and years of proven program development, planning, implementation and management experience in both public and private sectors in Southern Africa
IHPS began operating as a local sub-partner of ICAP at Columbia University within the framework of implementing PEPFAR under the CDC Track 1 Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) Cooperative Agreement in 2010. ICAP program operations in South Africa, including most of the national senior leadership and all staff in the Eastern Cape (EC), KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), Free State (FS) and Northern Cape (NC) were transitioned to IHPS as a going concern. As such, IHPS inherited established organizational structures; operational as well as technical practices to provide services as an independent organization without the learning curve typically associated with newly formed organizations. Because of this unique transition experience, IHPS has superior expertise, capacity and a proven track record for successfully transitioning activities in the PEPFAR South Africa program.
What We Do
IHPS supports the creation of a sustainable continuum of health care and services through capacity building, systems strengthening, technical assistance (TA), and service delivery in the following technical areas:
Health program conceptualization, design, development, planning, and implementation across a multitude of programme areas e.g HIV prevention (PMTCT, PrEP, PEP, VMMC), linkage to care, adherence preparation, monitoring and support, ART , care and support; TB prevention and management; maternal and child health (MCH) incl. IMCI and EPI; adolescent and youth friendly services (AYFS); adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), men who have sex with men (MSM); transgender (TG); hepatitis; mental health; non-communicable diseases (NCDs), etc.
Needs-based capacity building approaches include but are not limited to:
- Supportive supervision
- Peer-to-peer support
- Technical assistance
Health management information systems (HMIS); program monitoring and reporting; program evaluation (including baseline, mid-term and end-term evaluations); knowledge management; data for action; research, with a keen focus on implementation science research; and health economic evaluations namely, cost analysis, cost-benefit analysis, . cost-effectiveness analysis, etc., )
Organisational or Institutional Capacity (inclduing climate surveys), Strategy Development and Review, Strategic Planning, Business or Operational Planning, Performance Management, Talent Management, Results or Outcome-based Planning and Management, Sustainability and Succession Planning, etc.
Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement
Quality assurance (QA) and Quality improvement (QI) using local, national, and globally recommended QA/ QI approaches e.g standards of care (SOCs), National Core Standards (NCS), Institute of Health Improvement (IHI) and World Health Organisation (WHO) approaches.
Development or Review of Policies, Development or Review of Guidelines, Proposal Development, Global and National Reporting, Annual Reports, Program Evaluation or Review Reports, Strategic Plans, Implementation or Operational Plans, etc.
Financing including sound financial management, effective resource mobilization, allocation of funds to programs and financial planning for long term sustainability.
Community systems strengthening, community outreach services, community mobilization and demand creation, as well as community capacity enhancement through community dialogues
IHPS competitive advantage can be attributed to its highly skilled and technically competent pool of seasoned technical experts who are experienced in health program design, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), strong partnerships with the DOH, donor relationships management skills, strong health programming experience and support from the board of directors and various strategic affiliation.
Vast and varied experience with government, donors, developmental agencies and private sector
Key IHPS team members have years of experience working in partnership with government departments (DOH, DSD, DOE), in-depth understanding of the South African health, education and social development systems; and a proven track record of working with private sector, various donors and developmental agencies e.g. US Goverment through PEPFAR (CDC and USAID), GIZ, UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA, Global Fund, South African National AIDS Council (SANAC), etc.
IHPS has solid organisational capacity and systems that allow for statutory and donor compliance and sound financial management. Over the last nine years, management and administrative systems adopted from the ICAP-to-IHPS transition in 2010 have been adapted, tried, tested, and enhanced, and this portfolio of systems now forms a part of IHPS internal management and administrative systems. This institutional history, combined with new initiatives to improve efficiency, is also among IHPS competitive advantages.
Staffing and Program Management Capacity
In addition to a legacy of institutional stability and programmatic success, IHPS also benefits from the extensive professional experience of its highly qualified management and technical staff. As a collective, the IHPS team has substantive experience of 1) developing high quality HIV prevention, treatment, care and support programs, 2) addressing social, structural and behavioural drivers of HIV, and 3) establishing solid partnerships in the districts and provinces, all acquired over years of working for IHPS and other local and international NGOs like EGPAF, ICAP, NASTAD, FHI360, etc. IHPS team members have years of experience developing, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating programs and are familiar with local cultures, political, social development and public health contexts across Southern Africa.
MEET OUR TEAM
On a day-to-day basis, a single direct line and chain of command means that all IHPS team members ultimately report to the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, who in turn reports to the Board of Directors. IHPS employs highly qualified clinical and administrative personnel that can manage issues of program development in resource limited settings and strengthening clinical depth and breadth and adherence to/ compliance with national guidelines that improve the health outcomes of patients. Majority of IHPS staff are citizens or lawfully admitted permanent residents of South Africa, making capacity building and investment in local, sustainable health systems not just an organizational mission but also a personal mission for IHPS staff. Most IHPS staff have been implementing programs and responding to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa for over 10 years. Many are well-respected leaders in their communities and have a deep understanding of the local culture and context in which they work. Over the last few years, IHPS team has focused on various programs with different local, regional and international organizations. The IHPS Technical Support Nexus Team (TSNT) members have been engaged in local, regional and international assignments and as such, they have gathered a wealth of multicountry experience. The knowledge base is extensive and can fulfil the desired needs of any client.
Dr Tshiwela Neluheni-Tshinaba is the current IHPS CEO and Managing Director. She is a seasoned results-driven medical professional with extensive clinical and public health experience in health programming including HIV prevention (HTS incl. PNS, PMTCT, VMMC, PrEP), treatment, care and support; TB/HIV, maternal and child health, youth and adolescent health, sexual and reproductive health and; overall health and social development systems strengthening programs. She has over 20 years of experience providing technical support and implementing comprehensive health and social development programs in both public and private sector in Southern Africa. Having served for as Country Director for international non-government organizations (NGOs) i.e. Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), ICAP and NASTAD for over 10 cumulative years, she has extensive supervisory and project management experience; clear understanding of the donor regulations and administrative procedures including PEPFAR through CDC and USAID, Global Fund, UNICEF and GTZ/GIZ. She has expertise in program planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and has been a research physician, co-investigator and local principal investigator (PI) for a few local and multi-country research studies. She also has an in-depth understanding of national, provincial and district Department of Health (DOH) systems/ procedures gained from years of experience working with and supporting the DOH at all levels through the implementation of the various donor funded projects.
As an independent consultant, Dr Neluheni-Tshinaba has worked on diverse assignments with the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC), World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, Health Systems Trust (HST), Global Business Coalition (GBC)-Health in the Southern Africa Region, Save the Children, SEEK Development (Berlin) and Jhpiego. Dr Neluheni-Tshinaba holds a Bachelor’s in Medicine and Surgery (MBBCh) from Wits University, Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Evidence and Health Management (DCEHM) from the University of Pretoria; a Postgraduate Diploma (PDM) and Master’s in Philosophy (MPhil) HIV/AIDS Management from Stellenbosch University and; is currently studying towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Economics (PDHE) through the University of Cape Town. Furthermore, she is honorary staff/ lecturer at the Wits University School of Public Health, specifically, Master’s in Public Health (MPH) I and II, Management in Health and Health Services and Approaches to Population Health modules.
Lastly, Dr Neluheni-Tshinaba has served on several boards of directors namely, EGPAF-SA, IHPS, NASTAD-SA, loveLife, JPSA and the Southern Health Foundation (SHF).