Health Systems Trust (HST) is a dynamic not-for-profit organisation (NPO) established in 1992 to support the transformation of the health system in a new democratic South Africa. Subscribing to a primary health care approach, HST actively supports current and future development of a comprehensive health system, through strategies designed to promote equity and efficiency in health and health care delivery in southern Africa.

Our Vision
“Health systems supporting health for all in southern Africa.”

Our Mission

To contribute to building comprehensive, effective, efficient and equitable national health systems by supporting the implementation of functional health districts in South Africa and the southern African region.

Our Approach

  • We embrace a public health perspective with a focus on the primary health care approach.
  • We do health systems development through research and information dissemination that influences both policy and practice.
  • We improve quality of care in priority health programmes through facilitating supportive interventions and sharing ‘good practice’.
  • We advocate for equity, efficiency and effectiveness in health services and for the empowerment of the health service users.
  • We operate efficiently and effectively through utilising HST’s synergistic multi-disciplinary approach.

Our Core Values

Our work is guided by the following key values:

  • Transparency and accountability
  • Innovation and responsiveness
  • Integrity and nurturance
  • Embracing diversity
  • Participatory management
  • Continuous Quality Improvement