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This quarterly bulletin provides information on the activities of the Integrated Health Systems Strengthening Project (IHSSP).

In recent years, there has been a shift in how the international community is addressing the HIV epidemic. As more people are receiving antiretroviral therapy, we are seeing the benefits of reduced viral load on a population level. Fewer babies are being born HIV positive and prevalence rates are dropping in most countries with the highest HIV burdens.

Bi-Annual Newsletter A publication of Health Commodities and Services Management Program Implemented by Management Sciences for Health

Bi-Annual Newsletter A PUBLICATION OF HEALTH COMMODITIES AND SERVICES MANAGEMENT PROGRAM IMPLEMENTED BY MANAGEMENT SCIENCES FOR HEALTH

Leadership and Management Skills Help Gotani Health Center Improve Maternal and Child Health Outcomes

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. 

Indonesia has made great strides in expanding Tuberculosis (TB) control over the last few years, with significant assistance from donors, such as the Global Fund against Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), TB and Malaria (GFATM) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The Guidelines for Cancer Management in Kenya is a systematically developed document designed to guide health care workers and allied disciplines in making decisions for man- aging cancer in a consistent and standardized manner. They encourage a uniform approach to prevention, control and treatment of cancer in different circumstances.

This third issue of the Newsletter - HCSM Recap, builds upon previous editions in bringing out the latest global best practices in commodity management, supply chain and health systems strengthening. It puts Kenya experiences into global perspective as well as bringing out issues pertaining to the unique county set up.

Background In Ethiopia, over 60% of all people who are eligible for antiretroviral therapy (ART) receive it. However, coverage is only 12% among children under 15 years of age. Due to scarcity of data and limited awareness of possible HIV infection, especially in older children, the AIDS epidemic among Ethiopian children appears neglected in national programs. Methods

The importance of skilled management and inspired leadership are increasingly evident to those who are working to improve health system performance. Many of the critical challenges facing Kenya’s health system, including scarce resources and the changes resulting from devolution, are exacerbated by weak or absent management and leadership skills.

The Rebuilding Basic Health Services (RBHS) project has been committed to promoting quality of care through a process of continuous quality assurance (QA).

The Liberian health system suffered serious setbacks during the 14-year civil war (1989-2003), when trained health workers fled the country, training institutions closed, and health facilities were demolished. Since the end of the conflict, domestic and international efforts and invest- ments have helped produce steady gains.

The rapid rise in antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has increased global momentum to establish antimicrobial stewardship programs in health facilities, clinics, and hospitals. The overuse or misuse of antimicrobial medicines is a key driver of AMR and a growing global health problem.

This issue of The Manager focuses on desiging and improving a package of HIV-related services, using a conceptual framework called the Functional Service Delivery Point. The framework can help managers to identify the characteristics that make HIV-related services functional and to deliver these services with strong community and management support.

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

This issue of The eManager focuses on governing in the health sector, and presents four effective governing practices and their nine key enablers. It shows how health leaders and managers can contribute to a better-governed institution and, ultimately, improve health services and the health of the people they serve.

People-centered health systems cannot be strengthened without good management and leadership. This publication shows how you, as a manager of a health program or health services, can apply proven practices for managing and leading to address the challenges you face. Leadership and management skills are needed at all levels of the health system.

This publication reviews concepts, approaches, and tools that will help change perspectives when designing and implementing policies and programs in health, specifically in relation to gender. The chapter explores the myths and realities regarding gender, and the concept of gender mainstreaming and how to move towards this goal.

In this publication, we examine aspects of financial management and related office operations systems.

This publication shows that effective human resource management (HRM) is important in any public- or private-sector organization and essential when public health crises collide with workforce shortages.

This publication is a practical guide that you, the manager of a health program or of health services, can use to understand and organize essential practices that will improve the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of health services. It explains the role and function of an effective health information system (HIS).

The publication outlines the essential elements of managing supplies at the district and subdistrict levels and in nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), provides practical guidance in assessing and improving the supply system at that level, and offers a range of other technical and managerial resources and references that will enable you to improve your management skills and study the areas that i

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.

This publication attempts to simplify planning by introducing and defining a range of essential long- and short-term planning processes that managers of health programs or health services should implement. We focus on the primary organizational planning process: the development of a strategic plan and its conversion into an operational plan.

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