Leadership, Management & Governance: Our Impact

Despite the many challenges of working in Haiti following the January 12 earthquake, MSH’s Leadership, Management, and Sustainability (LMS) program distributed more than 1 million family planning commodities in the month following the disaster. This included over 1.2 million condoms; 44,000 oral contraceptives; 33,200 injectable methods; and 100 implants. During the distribution, LMS carried out site evaluations throughout the country to ensure that it was still possible to manage the products according to established standards for US Government-supported health sites.

MSH is teaming up with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), the global nonprofit health development organization to respond to the relief effort in Haiti.The IRC and MSH previously worked together in Pakistan after the 2005 earthquake and in Southern Sudan, to restore the health system following the end of the 20-year civil war there.The joint IRC-MSH efforts in Haiti will focus on displaced people and on communities that were hit hard by the January 12 earthquake, as well as communities that are hosting homeless victims of the disaster.

If you have or are looking for information on MSH staff, please contact: 617.250.9500 or haitiinfo@msh.org.If looking for US citizens in Haiti, contact the US State Department: 888-407-4747.If you would like to donate to earthquake relief, please visit: www.redcross.org or www.savethechildren.org.A strong earthquake, registering at a magnitude 7.0, struck Haiti yesterday evening ten miles southwest of the capital Port-au-Prince, devastating the city and surrounding areas. Casualties are reported in the thousands.

Twenty MSH experts on tuberculosis (TB) from 15 countries showcased the latest global experience and methodologies at the 40th Union Conference on Lung Health, held December 3-7 2009, in Cancun, Mexico.

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.