HACCSA is a social enterprise which was established to improve quality of care but upskilling health care workers (professional, allied and complementary). Deeply rooted in health equity and empowerment of women and communities at large, HACCSA strives to do so differently. HACCSA is catalytic and thrives on social capital and partnerships to make things happen and provide true change on the ground.
HACCSA was birthed from a vision to impart knowledge and skills to health care workers. HACCSA is led by René Sparks, a Registered Nurse by profession. René hails from the Belhar/Elsies River communities, where community engagement and development formed a part of her formative years. She started her advocacy journey whilst at school, where she championed the rights of LGBTI and MSM and experience exclusion as a result of her passion for equity. She has experience in private, public and civil society sectors and has worked in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and South Africa. René has supported multiple NGOs across South Africa, set up for HIV Testing Services, she has procured health products, facilitated numerous training interventions, established quality assurance committees and offered onsite mentoring and support across Key and Vulnerable population HIV Prevention Programmes. She has a wealth experience of working on PEPFAR, USAID, ELMA Philanthropies and Atlantic Institute Grants.