Leadership: Our Impact

{Photo credit: MSH staff}Photo credit: MSH staff

Women experience a disproportionate burden of disease and death due to inequities in access to basic health care, nutrition, and education. Part of this burden can be attributed to a significant underrepresentation of women in positions of leadership.

Mugo Kibati, Vision 2030 Secretariat, presents on day one of the conference. {Photo credit: MSH}Photo credit: MSH

Earlier this month, Kenya presidential candidate Ole Kiyapi was asked, during the country’s first ever televised presidential debate, what his plans were for the health sector. The former permanent secretary for the Ministry of Health replied without hesitating that he would emphasize strengthening leadership and management capacity in health workers.

Nurse Kgakololo James in her office at the Xhosa Clinic. {Photo credit: N. Kupe / MSH}Photo credit: N. Kupe / MSH

A journey of many miles begins with a single step. Xhosa Clinic has taken many determined steps in the journey to improve the quality of care to the community, thanks to the leadership of Kgakololo James, the nurse-in-charge at the clinic.Xhosa Clinic in Mahalape, a small town in the Central District of Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, is one of 11 health facilities enrolled in the Quality Improvement Leadership (QIL) program. QIL is a Botswana Ministry of Health (MOH) pilot program to improve service delivery through international accreditation of health facilities.

The LDP Core Group is comprised of graduates who have demonstrated a good understanding of leadership processes and concepts and have subsequently been trained to deliver the LDP and support program trainees. There is also an LDP Network which fosters communication, collaboration and support among graduates. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

We aren’t creating leaders; we are uncovering people’s leadership capabilities and providing a path for them to put their capabilities into practice. (Joseph Dwyer, director of the Leadership, Management and Sustainability Program at Management Sciences for Health)Designed by Management Sciences for Health (MSH), the Leadership Development Program (LDP) strengthens organizations by developing the leadership and management capacity of staff members at all levels.

A nurse, trained through the Improving Performance of Nurses (IPN) Project in Egypt. {Photo credit: MSH.}Photo credit: MSH.

It is 2:00 a.m., and Arabey El Sayed has been transported from a village 5km away to the emergency department of Qena General Hospital with severe chest pain. He is a 75 year old farmer, and is married with five grown children. Dr. Ahmad, the physician on duty, is assisted by Abeer and Shimaa, two nurses trained through the Improving Performance of Nurses (IPN) Project. They work together quickly to provide the patient with the necessary emergency care. A nurse administers the ECG, and the patient is diagnosed with myocardial infarction and moved to the Cardiac Care Unit.

Facilitators Tumi Molongoana and Sue Putter engage the Bona Bona Team in Workshop 2 of the Free State - Northern Cape Group October 2011. {Photo credit: Ian Thiessen/MSH.}Photo credit: Ian Thiessen/MSH.

Pharmacy managers in South Africa are often overwhelmed trying to address several daunting workplace challenges at once, such as making sure there is an adequate supply of pharmaceuticals managing efficient quantification of needs and ensuring the optimal use of medicines.

The MSH Leadership Development Program (LDP) has reached more than 40 countries over the past ten years since it was first developed in 2002 in Egypt. MSH is sponsoring several shared learning events this year to celebrate LDP’s 10th birthday and support the program as it matures.