Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is a nonprofit international health organization composed of more than 2,000 people from 73 nations.
Our mission is to save lives and improve the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Together with our partners, we are helping managers and leaders in developing countries to create stronger management systems that improve health services for the greatest health impact.
MSH takes an integrated approach to building high-impact sustainable programs that address critical challenges in leadership, health systems management, health service delivery, human resources, and medicines. Wherever our partnerships succeed, the positive impact of good health has a ripple effect, contributing to the building of healthy nations.
MSH works collaboratively with health care policymakers, managers, providers, and the private sector to increase the efficacy, efficiency, and sustainability of health services by improving management systems, promoting access to services, and influencing public policy.
MSH was founded in 1971 by Dr. Ronald O'Connor, who was deeply inspired by the example of Dr. Noboru Iwamura, a Japanese physician with whom Dr. O'Connor---then a young medical student---worked in Nepal. (Read more)
Dr. Iwamura's work was rooted in principles contained in Lao Tzu's ancient Tao of Leadership poem, devoted to mutual respect, human rights, and community participation. MSH continues to build on Dr. Iwamura's inspiration with values of integrity, excellence, vitality, collaboration, and empowerment.
Go to the people
Live with them
Learn from them
Start with what they have
Build on what they know.
But of the best leaders
When their task is accomplished
Their work is done
The people will all remark
We have done it ourselves.