Such strategies included capacity building of health care workers, establishment of steering committee, development of a quality manual, procedures and policies for all service elements as per the COHSASA
Patch into COHSASA
's work a recent academic innovation at Stellenbosch University (SU).
(Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa).
is a non-profit making organisation based in South Africa which assists health care facilities to meet and maintain standards and thereby provide quality services.
The management of UAH decided in 2001 to enter the hospital in the COHSASA
accreditation programme, which was subsequently confirmed by formal processes in 2004.
Against this background of concern regarding the readiness of the country's emergency medical facilities for the World Cup, COHSASA
is proposing a programme of accreditation for both pre-hospital EMS and hospital emergency units.
'These local standards have been adapted from the COHSASA
accreditation standards,' he said.
Yet the OHSC's track record in working with the established local health care standards accreditation NGO, the Council for Health Standards Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA
), rings warning bells.
The local Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA
), its global equivalent Joint Commission International (JCI)--a World Health Organization (WHO)-designated Collaborating Centre for Patient Safety Solutions and PharmAccess, an innovative Dutch health capacity-building and economic empowerment body, held a founding conference in Cape Town last month.
Asked whether she and the 16-year-old local NGO, the Council for Health Service AccreditationofSouthernAfrica (COHSASA
), had mended fences following a fallout over measurement tools, Marshal replied tersely, 'Yes we're talking--we always have'.
(1) His investigation uncovers fall-out between the OSC and the leading local NGO in the field, the relatively veteran Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa, COHSASA
The 15-year-old, not-for-profit NGO--the Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA
)--has already independently assessed, monitored and accredited 55 public and 25 private sector local hospitals, based on essential performance indicators.