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We are pleased to share this booklet that summarizes 10 of the best stories we’ve collected from the field. These narratives are a legacy to Madagascar’s health system and for future public health interventions in the country.

Throughout the world, family planning organizations devote a significant portion of their funds and staff time to training, with the expectation of improving the effectiveness and efficiency of their programs. But it is often not clear whether the training has made any difference, or whether specific performance problems can be solved through training.

Governments and nongovernmental organizations around the world are seeking to make health services more equitable and accessible for citizens and clients and to be more accountable both for improved quality of care and management that is focused on sustainability.

Strong and resilient health systems are essential for accelerating progress toward a world safe from the threat of infectious disease outbreaks. In countries with robust health systems, essential health services are delivered within the context of ongoing response activities, and outbreaks can be prevented or identified and contained quickly.

Local resources can significantly contribute to national governments’ and external donors’ efforts to maintain and extend health programs.

For over 40 years, Management Sciences for Health (MSH) has been working in partnership with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) around the world to support the delivery of community-based health services to underserved populations.As NGOs and civil society become more prominent in the delivery of health care and related services, such as advocacy and health education, local organizations have gr

The Virtual Business Planning for Health Program (VBPH) equips organizations to develop a sound business plan to advance its mission. Participants learn how to capture and package new ideas, identify target markets, and determine the best complement of staff to design and launch the new product or service.

Across 78 health zones, the Integrated Health Project (DRC-IHP) has prioritized a set of low-cost, high-impact interventions that make birth significantly safer for mother and newborn, and dramatically reduce childhood illness and mortality.

Managing Drug Supply (MDS) is the leading reference on how to manage essential medicines in developing countries. MDS was originally published in 1982. It was revised in 1997 with over 10,000 copies distributed in over 60 countries worldwide.

Because resources available to improve global health are limited, it is becoming increasingly important for those who produce and disseminate health-related information and services to gauge the impact of their work.

The Integrated Health Project (DRC-IHP) in DRC focuses on maternal, newborn, and child health, family planning, nutrition, malaria, and tuberculosis, HIV and AIDS, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH)— applying many proven, low-cost, high-impact innovations on a large scale.

Management Sciences for Health serves on the steering group of The NCD Alliance, which has issued this polcy brief on universal health coverage and non-communicable diseases. 

From community health workers in Haiti, to drug shop owners in eastern Tanzania, to midwives in western Afghanistan, the impact of Management Sciences for Health (MSH) has been felt throughout the developing world.

Linking the payment of funds with the results of service activities is a powerful strategy that funding organizations can use to make the service-providing organizations accountable for achieving program goals. This new strategy offers financial incentives and holds great promise for improving performance of health services.

Governance of Health Systems and Health Organizations is intended to support the important work of the leaders who govern health service delivery organizations.

Determining the cost of health services is an essential step toward strengthening health systems and working toward universal health coverage.

Health Care Financing Reform has allowed health facilities to retain and use their revenue for health service quality improvements. Hospitals and health centers in the three big regions started to retain revenue in 2005-2006, and now it is being rolled out to all regions as a national program. As a result of revenue retention, health facility budgets have improved significantly.

There is growing awareness that well led and managed global health solutions are required to achieve effective and sustainable health programs, especially at the scale needed to attain Millennium Development Goals and other global targets. This compendium of case studies reviews the current evidence of the impact of leadership and management on health.

This publication explores the ways in which the health service delivery system interfaces with and builds on the management systems discussed in the earlier chapters of this handbook. You will see how improving the management and leadership of the health service delivery system improves access to and quality of services.

Each year the world loses 300,000 women and more than 2 million newborns to preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Millions of mothers in low-resource settings miss out on proper antenatal care, give birth without a skilled attendant, and don’t receive postpartum care for themselves or their babies.

The challenge of coordination is to motivate groups to align their activities in order to maximize financial and human resources. Without effective coordination, scarce resources are wasted because of competition, confusion, and duplication of efforts. Coordinating complex health programs brings into play all the skills related to leading and managing, from planning to monitoring and evaluation.

This 4-page brochure on health systems strengthening describes how MSH partners with countries to build strong, resilient, sustainable health systems that can deliver universal health coverage—equitable, affordable access to high-quality health services for all who need them.

MSH engages all levels of the health system—from the community to the ministerial level—to develop their capacity to plan, lead, and manage. At the community level, MSH mobilizes local leaders and communities to support and use health services.

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