A Provincial responsibility
The National Department of Health (NDoH) has determined that all continuing professional development is now a Provincial responsibility, whereas pre-service and post-basic training remain a shared responsibility between NDoH, PHAs, and other agencies (eg. church-based agencies). The NDoH will no longer be packaging and delivering reproductive health CPD across the country. Each Province will make their own decisions related to the planning and implementation of their reproductive health CPD and will have to make one of the following choices:
- Not engaging in reproductive health CPD on any level (until their own capacity increases locally); or
- Maintaining a minimal level of reproductive health CPD; or
- Engaging another agency or organisation to plan and deliver reproductive health CPD ; or
- Partnering with a specialist training unit (eg. the RHTU) to deliver local and contextualised reproductive health CPD for their workers.
Memorandum of Agreement
The RHTU will engage with each province under a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). The MOA will differ for each Province depending upon their requests and what the RHTU is able to provide. The RHTU will provide appropriate support at every step in process of planning, implementation, and the design of a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) framework. The MOA will ensure that the partnership between the RHTU and the Province is based on a mutually agreed agenda that outlines the exact roles and responsibilities for both parties.
Each province will be encouraged to establish a small Provincial Reproductive Health CPD Group with a key person delegated to reliably communicate with RHTU management. While we cannot provide training in all Provinces in Phase I, we can offer suggestions and assistance to meet interim requirements.