Transforming the South African healthcare system through executive-level training and leadership development

The Albertina Sisulu Executive Programme in Health (ASELPH) builds the capacity of South Africa's Health Leaders to drive health systems transformation. The programme aims to:

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Improve service delivery: train the next-generation of healthcare leaders that will drive the National Health Insurance policy.

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Strengthen health executive and leadership training: through our partner universities (Universities of Fort Hare, Pretoria and Harvard) we build local capacity in public health training.

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Advance healthcare policy: contribute towards locally relevant, innovative health policy research and consolidate knowledge and consensus around key health policies through policy seminars.

Programme Options

Fort Hare

Masters in Public Health - Health Leadership

University of Fort Hare

University of Pretoria

Post Graduate Diploma in Health Systems Management - Executive Leadership

University of Pretoria

University of Fort Hare

Short Courses

University of Fort Hare

University of Pretoria

Short Courses

University of Pretoria

ASELPH Fellows Spotlight

Mr Garfield Ndlovu

Garfield Ndlovu

Masters in Public Health

Mr. Ndlovu, an auditor by profession, was part of the first ASELPH Fellows cohort at the University of Fort Hare and graduated with a Masters in Public Health in September 2018. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and an Honours degree in Business Management from the University of Fort Hare. He currently works in the Eastern Cape Department of Health as Director of Hospital Services, Finances, and Grants, as well as serving as a coordinator for the Eastern Cape National Health Insurance (NHI) pilot. 

Mr. Ndlovu believes that ASELPH provides a platform with which we can positively transform the healthcare of our country. 
He gives back to the ASELPH program by serving as an emerging faculty member.

Ntokozo Mkhize

Ntokozo Mkhize

Masters in Public Health

Mrs. Ntokozo Mkhize graduated cum laude with a nursing degree from UNISA. She went on to join the Department of Health working as an Assistant Director of HIV/AIDS programmes and then worked her way to become CEO of Dunstan Farrell TB Hospital and later Turton Community Health Centre.  A year after starting the ASELPH program at the University of Fort Hare, she was promoted to Director of District Health Services for her entire district. Mrs. Mkhize now manages a budget of approximately R2billion. 

With increased skills and capacity gained from ASELPH, she has made meaningful contributions towards strengthening service delivery. The course has equipped her to translate policy into action by forming a provincial team to develop turn-around-strategies in critical areas within her district.

Rolene Wagner

Rolene Wagner

Masters in Public Health

Dr. Rolene Wagner is CEO of Frere Hospital and former ASELPH Fellow. Frere Hospital was once notorious for its high infant death rate and delayed medical attention offered to patients. But now it is among six hospitals in the world that will be recognised at the 42nd World Hospital Congress in Brisbane‚ Australia. The International Hospital Federation (IHF) is recognising Frere Hospital for its turnaround quality improvement project.

“It is extremely gratifying to receive such a prestigious recognition for the hard work our management and staff have put into turning Frere around under very difficult conditions‚” Dr. Rolene Wagner said.

“We set out five years ago to provide world-class patient care so that every patient has the best possible outcome and a positive experience of care from our team of dedicated employees.The Frere turnaround demonstrates that quality service is possible even in highly constrained environments.”

News & Events

Graca Machel Lecture on Albertina Sisulu's Centenary

9 October, 2018

The Albertina Sisulu Centenary 2018 Memorial Lecture was delivered by social and political activist, Graça Machel on Tuesday, 9 October. The lecture was hosted by the Albertina Sisulu Executive Leadership Programme in Health (ASELPH) at the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Health Sciences on the Prinshof South Campus.

Below is the full transcript of her remarks:

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Albertina Sisulu's Legacy

Nontsikelelo Albertina Sisulu

Nontsikelelo Albertina Sisulu (21 October, 1918 - 2 June, 2011) was a South African anti-apartheid activist and nurse. She was also the wife of prominent political activist Walter Sisulu, who spent 27 years in prison on Robben Island alongside Nelson Mandela. She was a tireless champion of the universal right to health and spent most of her working-life as a nurse in South Africa's public heathcare system. Her activism, compassion for people and lifetime efforts to alleviate civil strife among South Africa’s poorest communities has led her to occupy a special place in the hearts of many. She is affectionately known as “Ma Sisulu" by the South African public and was honored the honorary citizenship of Reggio nell'Emilia as far afield as Italy. In 2004 she was voted 57th in the SABC3's Great South Africans. The programme is named in her honour.

Special thanks to our funding partners

USAID Atlantic ELMA HWSETA

Implementation partners