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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.

Through its system strengthening process, COHSASA assists a range of healthcare facilities in Southern Africa to meet and maintain quality standards. There is a strong focus on building capacity and the COHSASA programme helps healthcare professionals to measure themselves against 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 identifiying deficiencies, guiding interventions and monitoring progress.COHSASA's web-based information system identifies deficiencies and weaknesses in healthcare facilities and creates quality improvement plans to overcome them.

COHSASA provides data on the quality of health services to authorities for cost-effective interventions. In the past 18 years over 600 facilities throughout Africa have entered the COHSASA programme.

COHSASA is accredited by the global body responsible for ensuring that health accreditors are themselves meeting standards - the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua). COHSASA's current award is valid until 2014. In addition, four sets of its standards and its surveyor training programme are accredited by ISQua until 2015.

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BBBEE Compliance

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. 

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COHSASA's Mission
To assist healthcare facilities in developing countries to deliver quality care to their clients through sustained improvement, using internationally recognised standards and based on patient safety principles and operational research.
What we offer
The Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa works in the field of improving quality and accreditation in healthcare facilities.
Meet the Team
COHSASA is based in Cape Town, South Africa. While many of its employees are based at the headquarters in Pinelands, staff members are always in the field, and this workplace is spread throughout Africa.


Professor Stuart Whittaker Faculty of Health Sciences

Professor Stuart Whittaker, CEO of COHSASA, has been re-appointed for a further three years as a Visiting Professor in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town.


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