Global Fund Health Systems Strengthening Project
The Global Fund Health Systems Strengthening Project supported improvements in both the quality of health services by enabling staff at the regional and departmental health directorates of the Ministry of Health to become motivated leaders with strong leadership, management, and governance (LMG) skills.
The Côte d’Ivoire LMG health systems strengthening approach employed a work-based capacity building program focused on action and targets health care system managers and directors. It also included building the capacity of leaders in administrative management roles through specialized training and coaching. This project was modeled after the decentralization approach of the USAID-funded Leadership, Management, and Governance project in Côte d’Ivoire, 2013 to 2017.
Project objectives included:
Strengthening leadership and management practices, including advocacy, strategic planning, and coordination within departments and regional health directorates
Supporting departments and regional health directorates in the implementation of annual actions plans, including routine activities
Strengthening the operational capacity of departments and regional health directorates with decentralized management systems, health information systems, and functional monitoring and evaluation
To achieve these objectives, the project:
Placed full-time technical advisors in each region to provide ongoing LMG coaching to regional and district health directorate staff
Helped regional and district health directorates fulfill their mandate by supporting their routine activities
Implemented a Leadership Development Program Plus (LDP+) at regional health directorates, district health directorates, and referral hospitals
Conducted governance training for district and regional health staff, and
Provided a package of basic materials (e.g., external hard drives, air conditioners, computers) to improve the work environment in regional and district health offices