Leadership, Management & Governance: Our Impact

The BASICS (Basic Support for Institutionalizing Child Survival) Project hosted a symposium in Washington, DC, on September 30, in which government officials and experts shared their experiences of health care issues in conflict and postconflict states. The symposium brought together eight speakers who discussed the importance of planning; the need to coordinate ministries of health, donors, and nongovernmental organizations; and the importance of linking action to a government’s own national strategies in health and development.

After participating in a Community Leadership & Management Program run by MSH, the leaders of Pantasma, Nicaragua came together, despite past political differences, to lay the pipes to bring water to two neighborhoods and raise the resources that brought electricity and a bridge to this rural agricultural community 250 kilometers from Managua. In 2008 the Community Committee in El Charcón No.1 mobilized 120 people to work together, without pay, to lay the 8,168 meters of pipe necessary to bring water to each household.

A conversation with Dr. Harrison Kiambati, Head of Technical Planning, Monitoring, and Coordination in the Ministry of Medical Services, and Ms. Judith Aswa, Programme OfficerMSH: What is the role of the Ministry of Medical Services in Kenya? Is it the same as the Ministry of Health?Dr. Harrison Kiambati. Photo by Kenya Ministry of Health staff.JA: The Ministry of Health was split into the Ministry of Medical Services and the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation in May 2008 following a power-sharing deal that calmed postelection violence in Kenya.

In just a few months, Christianah Temidayo Akerejola—known familiarly as Auntie D—saw the average number of people receiving HIV counseling and testing in her hospitals increase from an average of 10 per day to nearly 100 per day after participating in a Health Professionals’ Fellowship Program sponsored by USAID/Nigeria and designed and managed by MSH’s Nigeria Capacity Building Project under the Leadership, Management, and Sustainability (LMS) Program. Counseling and testing are vital to stemming the HIV & AIDS epidemic.

CAMBRIDGE, MA — Management Sciences for Health (MSH) will host two auxiliary events and participate in more than ten panels and presentations at the 36th Annual Global Health Council (GHC) Conference. Featuring the theme of “New Technologies + Proven Strategies = Healthy Communities,” this year's conference will host more than 2,500 health professionals from more than 100 countries. MSH will host the auxiliary event “Strengthening Systems to Combat AIDS amid the Global Financial Crisis.” Moderated by Joyce A.

With only 10 miles of paved road in all of Southern Sudan, a region the size of Texas, Steve Redding, Director of Health Service Delivery at Management Sciences for Health (MSH), explains that it is unusual to bump into any sign of government: “There are no roads, mostly cattle trails. Many of the people are seminomadic. . . . To have health facilities positioned along cattle routes reminds people that there is a government concerned with their welfare.” Three years ago, life was different in Southern Sudan.

CAMBRIDGE, MA — Enhancing its work in capacity building and health systems strengthening across the world, Management Sciences for Health (MSH) has become a primary partner of the MEASURE Evaluation Project. Spearheaded by USAID and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MEASURE Evaluation works to improve the collection, analysis, and presentation of data and promote their use in planning, policymaking, managing, monitoring, and evaluating of population, health, and nutrition programs. MSH is joining the program as it enters its twelfth year.

The available pool of skilled health workers has been decimated in many developing countries due to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Work overload, declining morale, and weak management systems all contribute to this human resource crisis. Considering the devastating effects of HIV/AIDS, health facilities are now striving to incorporate HIV/AIDS-related services. Unfortunately, without an adequate number of trained health workers to administer HIV tests and to provide AIDS treatment, care, and counseling, their results will be minimized.

In many developing countries, high HIV rates are over-burdening already fragile health systems. As these health sectors struggle to provide basic health services, they must now also make HIV/AIDS prevention, services, and care available. To contain the spread and minimize the impact of HIV/AIDS, several global initiatives are making large amounts of financial and medical resources available.

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA — This year, the eyes of the world again turned to South Africa. From the launch of the African Union and the World Conference on Sustainable Development (WSSD) to the continuing battle against HIV/AIDS and the food crisis in the region, 2002 was an exciting and challenging year.