As CEO of Pelonomi Hospital in Bloemfontein, the capital city of the Free State Province of South Africa, Dr. Marcus Molokomme is at two front lines: providing daily care in one of country’s largest cities, and moving South Africa toward wide-reaching goals around HIV, reproductive health and overall access to healthcare services.
In 2014, Molokomme was a member of the first class of ASELPH Fellows (Albertina Sisulu Executive Leadership Programme in Health), South Africa’s premiere health leadership training program. The initiative is a partnership among organizations in both South Africa and the U.S., including the University of Pretoria, University of Fort Hare, Harvard School of Public Health, and South Africa Partners in collaboration with the South African National Department of Health. Funding for ASELPH is provided by The Atlantic Philanthropies, the Elma South Africa Foundation, and USAID.
The overarching goal of ASELPH is far-reaching: to strengthen the country’s ability to meet its health transformation challenges, particularly at the district level.
At the individual level, ASELPH gives health managers an opportunity to learn from each other, benchmark goals against best practices, and develop the networks and resources that will help their organizations thrive. Molokomme spoke to SA Partners about some of the highlights of the experience.