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COHSASA - Improving health care through standards & accreditation
The Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA) is the only internationally accredited quality improvement and accreditation body for healthcare facilities based in Africa. In the past 19 years over 600 facilities throughout the continent have entered the COHSASA programme to improve the quality and safety of the healthcare services they provide to patients.
Through its integrated and system strengthening process, COHSASA assists a range of healthcare facilities in Southern Africa to meet and maintain quality standards. This range includes hospitals, clinics, general and family practitioners, rehabilitation centres, hospices and laundries with standards being developed for many other services. There is a strong focus on building capacity to help healthcare professionals measure themselves against the standards.
The COHSASA approach teaches health care workers how to monitor improvements using quality improvement methods, internationally accredited standards and a web-based information system.
Strictly applied quality improvement methods can improve patient safety and the quality of care by identifying deficiencies, guiding interventions and monitoring progress. COHSASA's web-based information system identifies deficiencies and weaknesses in healthcare facilities and creates prioritised quality improvement plans to overcome them. The data generated helps authorities to provide cost-effective interventions.
COHSASA has recently undergone an accreditation survey by the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua). This is the global body responsible for ensuring that health accreditors are themselves meeting standards. Results of this survey will become known in January 2015 but preliminary results indicate a strong possibility that COHSASA will be accredited a fourth consecutive time until 2018. In addition, three sets of COHSASA’s standards and its surveyor training programme are accredited by ISQua until 2015.
COHSASA is a Level Four BBBEE Contributor. Click here for current certificate. In 2003, the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Strategy was published as a precursor to the B-BBEE Act, No. 53 of 2003. The fundamental objective of the Act is to advance economic transformation and enhance the economic participation of black people in the South African economy.