Research has been an important cornerstone of COHSASA’s activities since its establishment in 1995.
To ensure that research is objective, COHSASA has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Economics Department of Stellenbosch University, Insight Actuaries and Consultants and Imperial College London.
Operational research plays an important role in designing, refining and implementing improvements to COHSASA’s programmes so that the company continues to provide value to its clients. Such research also guides the Council in how products should evolve to adapt to new circumstances and environments.
COHSASA has participated in a number of national and international research programmes including:
2015 Part of a MOA with the Economics Department of Stellenbosch University, Insight Actuaries and Imperial College, London to develop various research projects.
2009 Part of the “Making Existing Technologies Safer” research group for the World Alliance for Patient Safety and Imperial College Technology for Patient Safety.
2007 World Health Organisation (WHO) collaborative research project to administer a prospective incident monitoring, reporting and response system to determine the frequency and nature of adverse events associated with HIV patients and measure responses to beneficial interventions in a hospital in the Western Cape.
2006 Making Medical Injections Safety Public Hospital Assessment Project
2006 WHO-sponsored research to determine the incidence of adverse events in two Western Cape hospitals using a retrospective review of medical records methodology.
2005 Research project to develop a comprehensive care accreditation tool for antiretroviral therapy (ART) sites. This tool measures ART site readiness to meet the targets for ARV provision set by the National Government, as well as the international requirements set by the World Health Organisation according to its “3 by 5” initiative.
2004/5 Research sponsored by the German Society for Technical Co-operation – Die Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH to develop an evaluative framework of
2003 Impact of Accreditation on the Quality of Hospital care: KwaZulu–Natal Province, South Africa, Quality Assurance Project, USA.
2002 The impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on hospital services in South Africa: Responses, coping strategies and
2001 Research for World Health Organisation and International Hospital Federation Collaborative Project Hospitals within Healthcare Systems: Their Capacity to Meet the Needs of Populations, Africa Region.
2001 World Health Organisation research report Assessing the Cost and Effectiveness of Hospital Accreditation in Two Developing Countries: A Preliminary Investigation.
1998-2000 South African Accreditation Impact Research jointly conducted by the Medical Research Council and the University Research Corporation of the United States.
Research has generated peer-reviewed papers. You can find the live links in the Peer Review Articles Section of the website.
 “Comprehensive HIV and AIDS treatment for South Africa, Facility Accreditation Form” National Department of Health, 9 January 2004.
 “Operational plan for Comprehensive HIV and AIDS care, management
 “Treat 3 million by 2005”, World Health Organisation, 2004.