South Africa – At the recent 3rd Annual Titanium Awards, the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF) of Southern Africa honoured public and private healthcare sector organisations in the SADC region.

Launched in 2014, the Awards are an important event in recognising and celebrating excellence in the healthcare sector.

“These awards are aimed at showing our appreciation to public and private sector individuals and organisations who contribute towards improving the healthcare sector, essentially in saving lives through their contributions, systems innovation and service
excellence,” said Zola Mtshiya of BHF .

Mtshiya continued, “The awards recognise outstanding service administration and celebrate the accomplishments of the individuals and organisations developing new and innovative ideas to save lives, improve the livelihood of people in communities and transforming the way in which healthcare services are delivered.”

She said, “It is encouraging to see public sector hospitals such as Witrand Hospital, also making great milestones in the healthcare sector, having shown best practices in good governance, improved patient services satisfaction, and expansion of scope of services

The 2017 Titanium Award winners are as follows:

Titanium Award for Service to Membership – Open Medical Scheme: The Botswana Medical Aid Society, scooped the Titanium

Award for Service to Membership in the open medical schemes category. This award recognises and rewards open medical schemes providing the best service to their members, and celebrates industry excellence and unprecedented contributions to members by
providing value for money.

Titanium Award for Service to Membership – Closed Medical Scheme: The Nedgroup Medical Aid Scheme took the award in the closed medical schemes category.

Titanium Award for Service Excellence Managed Healthcare Entities: Denis came tops in service excellence among managed health entities. The award recognises managed healthcare organisations providing superior service excellence and delivering cost-effective
quality standard healthcare solutions to clients.

Titanium Award for Service Excellence – Administrators: Again, this year, Medscheme Holdings came tops in service excellence among administrators.

Titanium Award for Health Facilities – Public Sector: Witrand Hospital, based in the North West took the best managed health facilities in the public sector award. This award recognises and rewards public healthcare providers that demonstrate well-maintained
facilities, contributing towards the delivery of efficient healthcare services and patient satisfaction. This category is only open to public health entries.

Titanium Award for Corporate Social Investment: The Afrocentric Group’s CSI programmes outshined the rest, showcasing impact in improving the quality of life of the people in the communities within which it operates.

Titanium Award for a Young Achiever: Dr Ntanganedzeni Muambadzi walked away with the young achiever award, for showing a notable impact in the healthcare industry. The young achiever award seeks to promote effective succession within the sector to
sustain the future of the medical profession.

Dr Humphrey Zokufa Lifetime Achievement Award – This award was conferred upon Professor Morgan Chetty whose contributions showcase outstanding and exceptional contributions to the healthcare industry in promoting, growing, improving and advancing the sector over a number of years.

Originally called the Lifetime Achievement Award, this category was renamed the Dr Humphrey Zokufa Lifetime Achievement Award to honour the late former Managing Director of BHF, Dr Humphrey Zokufa, his legacy and contribution to BHF and the healthcare
industry, and to acknowledge his generous contributions and wealth of experience and skills.

Health Journalist of the Year Titanium Award: Roselyne Sachiti from Zimbabwe walked away with the journalist of the year award, which acknowledges health journalists and reporters who have created awareness of the industry by disseminating news and
information on healthcare issues to a wide audience, through reporting and going the extra mile to explore non-traditional channels of communication to reach a wider audience. The award was open to all health journalists / reporters across Southern Africa.

Titanium Award for Advisory Services Excellence: The Alexander Forbes Group took home the advisory service excellence award, for providing superior service to both corporate and individual clients.

“Over the years, we have received a lot of entries from South Africa, and we are pleased to see the awards attract more entries other countries. In the next awards, we would like to see more of what is being done in the healthcare sectors in Lesotho, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Mozambique and other countries in the region,” said Mtshiya.