Leadership, Management & Governance: Our Impact

A student from the center for educational activities of Sévaré reads of poem about female genital mutilation.

I do not agree with cutting I didn’t choose to be born a woman So why should I suffer By this removal that I have to endure?   On International Youth Day, communities around the globe will call for – and create – safe spaces for youth to express themselves, influence decision making, seek confidential care and information, and call out violations of their human rights. This year, youth highlighted the urgency of ending gender-based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM), and child marriage in a very public space in central Mali.

24-year-old Hawa Swaleyi facilitates a discussion about relationships with her youth group at Kapiri Health Center, Malawi.

The grounds around Kapiri Health Center in Malawi’s Nkhotakota District are a beehive of activity, with boys and girls of all ages playing hotchpotch, kicking a makeshift ball, and chattering loudly. Suddenly, they run for the indaba—a repurposed outpatient waiting shelter. Hawa Swaleyi is approaching, carrying her frame with an aura of grace and positivity. With a familiar smile she greets her youth group, who cheerily respond in sing-song voices.

This story was originally published on systemone.id. SystemOne LLC, (Springfield, MA), Management Sciences for Health (MSH) (Medford, MA) and the Tableau Foundation (Seattle, WA) recently concluded the first Data Fellowship Program for TB staff from the National TB programs and Ministries of Health. Eight participants from five participating countries attended the week-long training session in Johannesburg, using their own country’s GxAlert diagnostic data to uncover ways to improve healthcare delivery and patient impact.

By Priyam Sharda, Design Research Lead for M4ID, and Shafia Rashid, Principal Technical Advisor for Management Sciences for Health. Photos by M4ID. “For the first three months, the baby is just blood. There’s nothing there to take care of,” said one Kenyan father-to-be in Kakamega County, Western Kenya, where we were meeting with communities and health care providers to learn about their attitudes toward women’s health, pregnancy, and care at health facilities.

Healthcare Information For All (HIFA) has welcomed MSH as a new supporting organization to help promote the importance of access to health information and rights for all. HIFA is a professional global health network working in collaboration with WHO. This network has more than 18,000 health workers, librarians, publishers, researchers, and policymakers committed to accelerating progress toward the vision of a world where every person has access to the health care information they need to protect their own health and that of others.

{Photo Credit: Rui Pires}Photo Credit: Rui Pires

After five hours of labor, Rachael Kabugho was in excruciating pain. The staff at Bwera Hospital in western Uganda examined her but they lacked the clinical skills to determine why the birth wasn’t progressing. Meanwhile, Kabugho was getting weaker and her pain was becoming worse. Fears were growing that the 29-year-old mother of three and her baby would not survive

{Photo Credit: Julienne Ahua/MSH}Dr Kouadio (with the stethoscope) and her pediatric team at Yamoussoukro Regional Hospital Center.Photo Credit: Julienne Ahua/MSH

"My passion for babies was born from personal experience. I lost my parents at a very early age,” recalled Dr. Kouamé Kouadio, Head of the Pediatric Department at the Regional Hospital Center of Yamoussoukro, the administrative and political capital of Côte d'Ivoire.

Herbert Mugumya, Uganda Country Representative for MSH, was invited on the television show Urban Today to talk about MSH’s work in Uganda. Mr. Mugumya discussed the country’s health system and highlighted MSH’s role in ensuring hospital leadership accountability and individuals’ responsibility in seeking health care.

{Photo Credit: Santita Ngo/MSH}Senior Technical Advisor for Supply Chain Management in Cote d'Ivoire, Ghislaine Djidjoho during an annual Leadership, Management, and Governance/National Malaria Control Program coordination meeting in November 2016.Photo Credit: Santita Ngo/MSH

In the global fight against malaria, National Malaria Control Programs (NMCPs) play a central role in leading national-level malaria control efforts. For NMCPs to fulfill this role, both the individual NMCP staff members and NMCPs as organizations must have the knowledge, skills, behaviors, and attitudes to successfully lead, coordinate, and manage malaria control efforts at all levels of the health system.

 {Photo credit: Patricia Forestal}Alyssa Leggoe of USAID/Haiti hands over LMG/Haiti project deliverables to Dr. Adrien Lauré, representing Haiti's health ministry.Photo credit: Patricia Forestal

An event celebrating the successful conclusion of the MSH-led, USAID-funded Leadership, Management and Governance Project in Haiti (LMG/Haiti) provided an opportunity to look back at the project's five years of effective work to strengthen the Haitian health system.

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