Leadership, Management & Governance: Our Impact

CAMBRIDGE, MA — Management Sciences for Health (MSH) will host two auxiliary events and participate in more than ten panels and presentations at the 36th Annual Global Health Council (GHC) Conference. Featuring the theme of “New Technologies + Proven Strategies = Healthy Communities,” this year's conference will host more than 2,500 health professionals from more than 100 countries. MSH will host the auxiliary event “Strengthening Systems to Combat AIDS amid the Global Financial Crisis.” Moderated by Joyce A.

With only 10 miles of paved road in all of Southern Sudan, a region the size of Texas, Steve Redding, Director of Health Service Delivery at Management Sciences for Health (MSH), explains that it is unusual to bump into any sign of government: “There are no roads, mostly cattle trails. Many of the people are seminomadic. . . . To have health facilities positioned along cattle routes reminds people that there is a government concerned with their welfare.” Three years ago, life was different in Southern Sudan.

CAMBRIDGE, MA — Enhancing its work in capacity building and health systems strengthening across the world, Management Sciences for Health (MSH) has become a primary partner of the MEASURE Evaluation Project. Spearheaded by USAID and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MEASURE Evaluation works to improve the collection, analysis, and presentation of data and promote their use in planning, policymaking, managing, monitoring, and evaluating of population, health, and nutrition programs. MSH is joining the program as it enters its twelfth year.

The available pool of skilled health workers has been decimated in many developing countries due to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Work overload, declining morale, and weak management systems all contribute to this human resource crisis. Considering the devastating effects of HIV/AIDS, health facilities are now striving to incorporate HIV/AIDS-related services. Unfortunately, without an adequate number of trained health workers to administer HIV tests and to provide AIDS treatment, care, and counseling, their results will be minimized.

In many developing countries, high HIV rates are over-burdening already fragile health systems. As these health sectors struggle to provide basic health services, they must now also make HIV/AIDS prevention, services, and care available. To contain the spread and minimize the impact of HIV/AIDS, several global initiatives are making large amounts of financial and medical resources available.

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA — This year, the eyes of the world again turned to South Africa. From the launch of the African Union and the World Conference on Sustainable Development (WSSD) to the continuing battle against HIV/AIDS and the food crisis in the region, 2002 was an exciting and challenging year.

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