Success of MSH Projects to be Highlighted at APHA Conference

CAMBRIDGE, MA — The Leadership, Management, and Sustainability (LMS) Program, Strengthening Pharmaceutical Systems (SPS) Program, and Rural Expansion of Afghanistan’s Community-based Health Care (REACH) Project will be highlighted at the American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting and Expo in late October. Ten representatives from Management Sciences for Health (MSH) will present on behalf of the programs over the course of three days. Senior Associate Josephine Maundu, Chief of Party Dr. Michael Thuo, and Program Associate Anthony Njoroge of SPS will discuss their experience in Kenya’s antiretroviral (ART) program with implementing electronic tools to improve pharmaceutical management information systems in low-resource settings. Kenya will also be the focus of an oral presentation outlining pharmaceutical care of HIV & AIDS patients in similar settings by Maundu, Dr. Thuo, and Pharmaceutical Management Associate Janet Kimeu. The LMS program will sponsor two discussions based on achieving results and improving health services by strengthening leadership and management. Program Officer Dr. Morsi Mansour will talk about successes in the area of family planning and reproductive health in Egypt, Afghanistan, and Tanzania. Development Specialist Dr. Joan Mansour will then elaborate on the program’s approach to the public health crisis in East Africa, specifically on the outcome of work at the Makerere University in Uganda. Three years after the highly successful REACH project, representatives of the team will present on a landmark regional health conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, that was requested by Health Minister Dr. Sayeed Fatimie. Since the groundbreaking event, there continues to be unequaled progress in public health in the region. Technical and Quality Insurance Director Sallie Craig Huber, Global Technician Lead of Communicable Disease and Epidemic Preparedness Dr. Fred Hartman, Technical and Quality Insurance Principal Technical Advisor Dr. Jon Rohde, and Institutional Development Specialist Sylvia Vrisendorp will discuss the experience. The 136th APHA Conference will be held October 25–29 in San Diego, California, and is the oldest and largest gathering of public health professionals in the world. This year’s meeting, under the theme of Public Health Without Borders, will attract more than 13,000 national and international physicians, administrators, nurses, educators, researchers, epidemiologists, and related health specialists. For more information on the APHA Conference and to view the full schedule of presentations, please go to http://www.apha.org/meetings/.

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