MSH Launches the Leadership, Management and Sustainability (LMS) Program

CAMBRIDGE, MA (OCTOBER 26, 2005) − From 2000-2005, MSH implemented the highly successful Management and Leadership (M&L) Program, a cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). M&L aimed to improve health care around the world by strengthening the performance of health organizations. Building upon this foundation, USAID has initiated the Leadership, Management and Sustainability (LMS) Program to scale up and mainstream management and leadership practices.

The LMS Program is a five-year cooperative agreement designed to develop managers and leaders to achieve sustainable results in the areas of family planning, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, infectious disease, and maternal and child health. LMS will work with public- and private-sector health organizations to develop effective programs and systems through improved leadership and management. By strengthening management systems and increasing system-wide leadership, LMS will improve the performance of health care organizations at all levels, develop human resource capacity, and help organizations to anticipate and respond effectively to changing external environments.

The LMS Program was awarded to MSH in August 2005 by USAID's Office of Population and Reproductive Health, in the Bureau of Global Health. MSH is the lead organization with the following key partners: the Eastern and Southern Africa Management Institute, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), and RF|Binder, Inc. LMS is able to accept funds from all Offices of the USAID Bureau for Global Health, as well as non-health USAID funding to support other social sector programs. This flexibility will allow LMS to offer technical assistance and support tailored to the leadership and management challenges of different regions and countries.