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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.

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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.

News

Seasons Greetings

The Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa wishes you, your family and your friends a happy and restful festive season and a 2015 filled with happiness and peace.

Partners

Good Governance Institute
Boitekanelo College
PharmAccess Foundation
School for public leadership
The Joint Comission International
Management Sciences for Health
Keth’Impilo
South African Medical Association
South African Medical Research Council
Hospital Association of South Africa
National Department of Health
Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa

Clients

Lenmed Health
IHK
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Netcare Tsepong
The Urology Hospital
Hospice Palliative Care Association
City of Cape Town Health Department
Free State Department of Health
Debswana
Republic of Botswana Ministry of Health
Republic of Rwanda Ministry of Health