by Carolyn Cramer

Partnership improves healthcare

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille praises the initiative of The Health Foundation.

The Health Foundation has the potential to unlock resources from the private sector
Premier Helen Zille, Dr Paul Cluver (Chairperson of the Health Foundation), Dr Josh Fisher (CEO of The Health Foundation) and Western Cape Health Minister, Theuns Botha.

Speaking at its official launch in Stellenbosch, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille praised the initiative of The Health Foundation.

The Health Foundation was formed to assist in ensuring better access to quality health care in the face of infinite demand in the province through the leveraging of public-private partnerships. 

The Foundation, which is the brain child of Western Cape Health Minister, Theuns Botha, takes a 'whole of society' approach to improving the accessibility and quality of healthcare for all people in the province by accessing alternate funding models to accelerate change.

“The Western Cape Government is committed to increasing the health and wellness of the people of our province. A major factor in achieving this is the access to sufficient resources to support our healthcare system. In light of the province’s enormous burden of disease, this is never enough,” explained Botha.

“The supply of health services and resources resulting from our annual health budget is outstripped each year by public demand. It is clear that present resources do not allow for the Western Cape Health Department alone to ensure health and wellness in the province. For this reason I am pleased to support the establishment of The Health Foundation as a first for South Africa,” said Zille.

“The Foundation is a non-profit, independent and non-politically aligned organisation devoted to promoting the health of all citizens of the Western Cape,” said Board Chairperson, Dr Paul Cluver. 

“The Foundation seeks to find new ways to improve quality and access to health care services, to create new revenue streams and to develop new models of service delivery to the benefit of all.”

CEO of the Foundation, Dr Josh Fisher, explained that the Foundation would make use of innovative and creative solutions to facilitate public private partnerships to the benefit of health in the province. 

“The Health Foundation has the potential to unlock resources from the private sector through a wide spectrum of fruitful, mutually beneficial partnerships. We welcome and invite creative ideas and partnerships with forward-thinking companies. Such partnerships will include both donor and commercial partnerships.”

Cluver further stressed the Foundation’s commitment to good governance and transparent reporting, as demonstrated by the calibre of its Board of Directors and auditors.

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