Leadership, Management & Governance: Our Impact

A nurse, trained through the Improving Performance of Nurses (IPN) Project in Egypt. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

It is 2:00 a.m., and Arabey El Sayed has been transported from a village 5km away to the emergency department of Qena General Hospital with severe chest pain. He is a 75 year old farmer, and is married with five grown children. Dr. Ahmad, the physician on duty, is assisted by Abeer and Shimaa, two nurses trained through the Improving Performance of Nurses (IPN) Project. They work together quickly to provide the patient with the necessary emergency care. A nurse administers the ECG, and the patient is diagnosed with myocardial infarction and moved to the Cardiac Care Unit.

The MSH Leadership Development Program (LDP) has reached more than 40 countries over the past ten years since it was first developed in 2002 in Egypt. MSH is sponsoring several shared learning events this year to celebrate LDP’s 10th birthday and support the program as it matures.

Elizabeth Oywer, the registrar of the Nursing Council of Kenya (center), is recognized for completing the Leading High Performing Healthcare Organizations by Dr. Edward Mungai, dean of the Strathmore School of Business in Nairobi, and Joan Mansour, leadership development specialist at Management Sciences for Health. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

Four years ago, a national assessment done by the Ministry of Health in Kenya showed that 61% of health managers felt inadequately prepared for their roles due to lack of skills in leadership and health systems management. The assessment report recommended that these gaps be addressed at the pre-service and in-service training levels for health workers and also at the senior management level of the health sector.

Dr. Daraus Bukenya. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

USAID’s FANIKISHA Institutional Strengthening Project (2011–2016) aims to strengthen the institutional capacity of Kenyan civil society organizations (CSOs) so they can have greater impact in implementing community health interventions and strengthen the Kenyan health system as a whole. FANIKISHA is funded by USAID and represents a partnership between MSH, Pact Inc., Danya International, and the Regional AIDS Training Network.MSH spoke with Dr.

Berhanu Feyisa Tilla, Director General of the Federal Ministry of Health, Ethiopia, said encouraging the “health-seeking behavior” of the population is “only possible through the openness, accountability, and results-seeking behavior of leaders.” {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

Governance has become a hot topic among development experts, but what do we mean by governance, particularly in the context of health? Is there a relationship between effective governance and stronger health systems? What are the “governing practices” that help leaders enhance their own governing abilities?The USAID Leadership, Management, and Governance (LMG) project, led by Management Sciences for Health, brought together 30 well-known governance and international health experts on May 18, 2012, at The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

Managers Who Lead cover, Arabic versionManagement Sciences for Health is proud to present the Arabic version of Managers Who Lead, a resource guide designed specifically for health professionals in developing countries in need of skills and strategies for strengthening health systems.

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) announced today that it has joined Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage. Girls Not Brides is a global partnership of over 100 organizations working to end child marriage all over the world. The partnership will amplify the voices of girls at risk of child marriage and will support girls who are or have been married, all over the world.

On April 21 and 22, 2012, Management Sciences for Health (MSH) will participate in the 9th annual Global Health and Innovation Conference, presented by Unite For Sight, at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. This “must-attend, thought-leading” conference brings together leaders, change makers, and participants from all fields of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.Two MSH staff will present at the conference.

Dr. Catherine Mundy.Dr. Catherine Mundy.

Laboratory services are a necessary but sometimes neglected element of a strong health system. From disease control and surveillance to patient diagnosis and care, laboratories are central to public health. Where laboratory services, policies or strategy are lacking, a comprehensive systems approach can improve a nation's infrastructure and capacity to manage and finance laboratory systems.MSH spoke with Dr.

Three senior staff members of the Lesotho Department of Social Welfare work together at the MSH leadership development training. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

Social workers in Lesotho have traditionally faced challenges related to isolation and poor coordination at all levels. Leadership and management capacity at the national and district level needs improvement to bolster the profession’s credibility in the eyes of service users. As a result, social work has been generally perceived as an after-thought rather than an integral part of public service.

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