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COHSASA - Improving health care through standards & accreditation
The Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA) assists a range of healthcare facilities in Southern Africa to meet and maintain quality standards. It does so by enabling healthcare professionals to measure themselves against these standards and monitor improvements using quality improvement methods, internationally accredited standards and a web-based information system.
Experience has shown us that strictly applied quality improvement methods can improve patient safety and the quality of care by identifiying deficiencies, guiding interventions and monitoring progress. We also identify impediments to improvement and develop strategies to overcome them.
COHSASA provides data on the quality of health service provision to governing authorities so that it can be used to make cost-effective strategic decisions. In the past 18 years over 600 facilities have entered the COHSASA programme.
COHSASA is accredited by the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua). Its current award is valid until 2015. In addition, four sets of its standards and its surveyor training programme are accredited by ISQua until 2015.
COHSASA is a Level Five BBBEE Contributor. Click here for 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. The Act provides a legislative framework for the promotion of BEE, empowering the Minister of Trade and Industry to issue Codes of Good Practice and publish Transformation Charters.