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SAVING LIVES THROUGH HEALTH SYSTEMS INNOVATION

Each year over 10 million men, women, and children in developing countries die as a result of our collective failure to deliver available safe, affordable, and proven prevention and treatment. A recent analysis of innovations in products and practices for global health, from the Hepatitis B vaccine to use of skilled birth attendants, revealed virtually none of these life-saving interventions reaches much more than half their target population—even after as many as 28 years of availability. 

In short, there is a large gap between knowledge and action in global health.

“Health systems innovation” refers to new ways of organizing people, processes, and resources to deliver existing health products, practices and technologies. The goal is to achieve greater scale, effectiveness, and efficiency in health care delivery.

Since 1971, MSH has been a trusted partner in over 70 countries around the globe.  Through our strong relationships with local governments, nongovernmental, civil society, and faith-based organizations - and our commitment to developing sustainable solutions- we provide our corporate and foundation partners proven channels to deliver high-impact health products and services where they are most needed.   

Together with our corporate and foundation partners we are saving lives and improving health.  

PROVEN EXPERIENCE

We have already formed partnerships with foundations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ford FoundationRockefeller Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Corporate partners include TOMS Shoes and Procter & Gamble

Just a few examples of MSH success with foundation partners include: 

The Sustainable Drug Seller Initiatives (SDSI) program, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, incorporates government standards, regulations, accreditation, and enforcement – along with training, supervision, business incentives, and consumer advocacy – to create profitable drug shops that increase access to quality pharmaceutical products and services in underserved communities.  This successful project has already successfully expanded to Liberia, Uganda, and Tanzania.  These informal sellers are often women – and this employment opportunity allows them to feed their families, educate their children, and gain independence, all while providing an essential health service in their home community.

MSH, with the Harvard School of Public Health and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, is implementing a five year, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded project, Financing the Delivery of Efficient, Effective, and Equitable Primary Health Care Services in Africa (FHE3) in Ethiopia. The project aims to demonstrate how health care financing policy experiments can increase intervention coverage by addressing barriers - and use that evidence to influence policy and programs at scale. This program will increase coverage of evidence-based interventions by enhancing the efficiency, effectiveness, and equity of interactions between front line workers and communities = and then will share that knowledge with other countries struggling with similar challenges.

Funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and led by MSH, Health for All: The Campaign for Universal Health Coverage (UHC), supports governments in expanding universal health coverage and equitable health reform in four African nations: Ethiopia, Nigeria, Kenya, and Ghana. 

See a current list of MSH foundation and corporation partners.

TRANSPARENT & EFFICIENT PROGRAMS 

MSH designs results-oriented programs, and provides frequent and transparent reporting to our partners, providing evidence of our efficient and value-added approaches. See MSH’s latest financial information.

GLOBAL EXPERTISE & COLLABORATION

In addition to our in-country relationships, MSH leverages our experiences to influence health on a global level.  As a member of many international working groups and committees including the Global Health Council, United Nations Working Groups, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), InterAction, the US Global Leadership Coalition, the Reproductive Health NGO CEO Group, and the International Family Planning Coalition (IFPC), among others, MSH provides our corporate and foundation partners access to the most up-to-date theories, approaches, and data from experts around the world and across all avenues of public health. Using lessons learned in the field, including both innovative and evidence-based approaches, MSH contributes to this ever-growing body of knowledge in public health. In FY2012 alone, MSH staff authored more than 30 articles.

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