Upper Egypt Health Leaders Celebrate Arabic Publication of Influential Handbook

Upper Egypt Health Leaders Celebrate Arabic Publication of Influential Handbook

The Improving Performance of Nurses (IPN) project in Upper Egypt celebrated the first Arabic publication of Management Sciences for Health's (MSH)'s “Managers Who Lead” handbook with an event last November. A delegation of prominent leaders from Egypt’s health sector---including representatives from the Ministry of Health and Population (MOHP), Egyptian universities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), MSH, and USAID---attended the event in Cairo.

At the event, there was a feeling of hope for the future of the health sector in Egypt, and that this handbook is a small but important part of that future. Dr. Emad Ezat, director of health and nurses sector at MOHP, praised the book for helping to strengthen the performance of health organizations and improving health services. Dr. Abdo Al Swasy, IPN program manager, spoke of the work that had gone into the handbook and its importance. Dr. Gihan Fathy, IPN field manager, highlighted some of the tangible effects from the use of this book in the field, including building nurse leaders able to make decisions independently for positive changes in the health community.

The handbook aims to answer critical questions for health workers and managers in Egypt and surrounding countries. It contains six sections that focus on effective leadership and management in the health sector. Originally published in English by MSH and USAID in 2005, the handbook is a result of 20 years’ experience working with health professionals worldwide in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

[MSH Publication, Managers Who Lead, Now Available in Arabic]MSH Publication, Managers Who Lead, Now Available in Arabic

In recent years, the handbook’s methodology was tested and further developed by the IPN team in Egypt. It has been shown to be effective at improving the performance of nurses and managers inside Egyptian health facilities, and at building leaders able to engage in independent decision making for positive changes in the health community.

Many at the event saw the local translation and publication, supported in 2012 by USAID/Egypt, as instrumental in disseminating best practices and key lessons learned in Egypt and the Arab World. For many, it will be the first time the book is available in their native tongue.

Brendon Johnson is a communications specialist for IPN in Upper Egypt at MSH.

Improving Performance of Nurses (IPN) is a USAID-funded project implemented in Upper Egypt by Management Sciences for Health. The goal of the program is to build the leadership and management capacity of hospital and primary health care (PHC) facility nurses in the areas of infection control, basic nursing skills, communication, and primary health care service delivery in the governorates of Aswan, Luxor, Qena, Sohag and Assiut.