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Who is the Progressive Primary Health Care?

  • The Progressive Primary Health Care (PPHC) is a well-established Non Profit Company with a track record in the delivery of primary health care programmes.
  • PPHC was a part of the National Progressive Primary Health Care Network (NPPHCN) that was established in 1987 as a Non- Governmental Organisation (NGO), with a focus on advocacy and lobbying on health care matters for disadvantaged communities and women’s wellbeing. The KZN branch of the NPPHCN known as KZNPPHC was registered in 1999 and survived the dissolution of the national organization and has subsequently become PPHC.
  • PPHC was registered in 2021 with CIPC under the Companies Act 71 of 2008 as a Non-Profit Company and is also registered with the Department of Social Development as a Not-for-Profit organisation.
  • PPHC is accredited by the Health and Welfare SETA (HWSETA), Quality Council for Trades & Occupations (QCTO) and The Independent Examinations Board (IEB) as a training provider which offers unit standard based training at NQF Level 1-4 according to SAQA.
  • PPHC trains the most disadvantaged youth so as to enable them to support health services, contribute to the wellbeing of their families and the economy of the country.
  • PPHC advocates for access to health care.

PPHC provides comprehensive primary health care support to South African communities enabling them to undertake health – promoting practices that result in improved health status.


To provide quality comprehensive Primary Health Care services through advocacy and capacity development that enables communities to engage in healthy lifestyle activities

To be the inspiring and leading Primary Health Care Service and Training  Provider in South Africa.

Our history

PPHC was restructured in the 90s due to funding challenges and the KwaZulu-Natal branch became autonomous. PPHC redefined and repositioned itself into a self-sustaining unit, independent of the national office.

It concentrated on programmes that were focused on achieving sustainable community involvement in health; strengthening community structures and community-based organisations in developing community health projects; and collaborating with strategic partners, such as the African Medical Research Foundation (AMREF), to ensure sustainability of projects.

Our Milestone



PPHC was involved in the Community Health Worker Programme supported by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health and capacity building of NGOs/CBOs with the support of the National Development Agency (NDA) which also supported the Hostel Dwellers HIV/AIDS programme.

PPHC began

PPHC began offering various learnerships for accredited training, managed and funded by the Health and Welfare Sector Education Training Authority (HWSETA). The programme commenced with learnerships for Nursing Auxiliary and Enrolled Nurse learnerships in partnership with McCord’s Hospital.


PPHC was involved

In the implementation of the Home and Community-based Care (HCBC) programme). Peer educators visited patients who are home-bound, where they educated them on the importance of treatment compliance and the importance of honouring clinic/doctors’ appointments and prescriptions. TB clients were encouraged to take their treatment as prescribed and to start small gardens in order to access fresh vegetables.

HWSETA Funded Learnerships
In 2007 PPHC commenced with the first group of the ‘Nursing Bridging’ learnership, a two-year programme leading to the professional nurses’ Diploma in General Nursing. KZNPPHC viewed the nursing learnership programme as an opportunity to devise a career path for Peer Educators and CHWs who had been participating in the CHW programme. The HWSETA Pharmacists’ Assistant learnerships gave youth the opportunity to become economically active, and at the higher NQF levels. These learnerships profiled KZNPPHC in terms of skills development and capacity building projects for mid-level health professionals. The training of Social Auxiliary Workers (SAWs) and Traditional Health Practitioners (THPs) was also made possible by HWSETA support.

By 2008 PPHC

Had been involved in large-scale drives to bring PHC to communities and to encounter head-on, the HIV / AIDS pandemic as well as to taking these messages to various men’s hostels. A Multi-Purpose Centre (MPC) in Stepmore in the Kwa-Sani Municipality was also established as a place for comprehensive and diverse PHC services, and community outreach for HIV and AIDS support, as well as for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) which was supported by Oxfam Australia under the Joint Oxfam HIV and AIDS Program (JOHAP). KZNPPHC sponsored the MPC a prefabricated building which was erected in late 2008.

Our Courses

What We Do

PPHC established a Training Academy in 2009 . The following courses are offered.


Community Health Worker Course


Health Promotion Officer Course


Palliative Care & Chronic Home Based Care Course


Pharmacist’s Assistant Course

New Direction

KZNPPHC re-invented itself after completion of major projects from the KZNDoH and established a Training Academy to provide health related skills training. This was a flagship self-funded initiative to enable the organisation to continue its work and make valuable contributions to skills development, job creation, employment, and poverty alleviation.

A Community-Based Organisation (CBO) capacity development project was funded by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DoHET) and National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF).

PPHC in its resolve at promoting PHC and developing skills to enhance human resources for the health sector, co-financed a project with the JOBS FUND to train 200 first-time job entrants as Basic Pharmacist’s Assistants, eighty of whom would progress to Post-Basic Pharmacist’s Assistants.

KZNPPHC Board made a strategic decision in 2021 to change its name to Progressive Primary Health Care (PPHC) and is now registered with the Companies Act 71 of 2008 as a Non-Profit Company and with the Department of Social Development as a non-for-Profit organisation.

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