MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING

The ECRTC consists of central management and administration unit currently housed at Walter Sisulu University (WSU). The main offices in Mthatha house the Management, Administration and Support staff. Its operations have been extended to Cacadu and Joe Gqabi (UKhahlamba) districts.

ECRTC has continued to operate at the 3 sites consisting of a central management office at WSU Mthatha and three operational satellite training sites in Mthatha, East London and Port Elizabeth with support from WSU.

ECRTC receives guidance from a 15-member advisory committee comprised of representatives from the ECDOH, WSU and other academic institutions, NGO, and the Global AIDS program met in East London on September, 2011, and received work done by ECRTC and provided guidance on the new mentoring approach.

A follow-up program planning meeting was held with all stakeholders in November, 2011 with the purpose of planning for the next financial year 2012/2013.

During the planning meeting a consensus was developed that the program has began to cover ground and for sustainability managers would start owning the program at training sites, and ECRTC to play a facilitator role, initially providing learning resources at each of the learning hubs.

It was noted that for the program to succeed in covering more sites ECRTC require more transport to reach more facilities at a time and developing more experienced clinicians on the ground to provide clinical mentoring.

The following activities formed part of the ECRTC planning for 2011/2012:  
  • The ECRTC Annual planning meeting was held in November, 2011.

  • Three program meetings were held to review progress reports and develop detailed calendars for the coming year. These meetings included major partners i.e. ECDOH, LSA Managers, CDC, IHI, I-TECH and other organizations.

  • Submission of a Country Operational Plan (COP) outlining planned activities for the next year to be supported for the additional PEPFAR funding is submitted every September to CDC and a business plan to ECDOH

  • A budget planning meeting held in August, 2011.

  • Quarterly program review meetings with the NDOH and ECDOH to review performance and set targets for the next financial year.

  • Provincial and District HAST and LSA meetings attendance by the Training Manager and Training Coordinators to synchronize ECRTC plans with provincial and district activities

 

STAFFING

 

The ECRTC constitutes a staff establishment of forty five (41) at the three different sites of Mthatha, Port Elizabeth and East London. The three core training teams are supported by a central team of support staff all based in Mthatha head office.