Effective leadership and management of health systems and services is a barrier to scaling up service delivery and for the attainment of both the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and of achieving national health priorities in sub-Saharan Africa. This constraint persists due to a shortage of leadership and management expertise in the region, and to an uncoordinated and fragmented approach to building leadership and management capacity. Leadership and management knowledge, skills and abilities that can be taught have a demonstrated impact in enhancing the quantity, quality and access to health care for underserved populations. Health systems must accomplish more and better health outcomes with the limited human and financial resources at their disposal. Sound management and leadership can significantly increase the efficiency and effectiveness with which these scarce resources are used.
The major goal of the MDI is to provide ministries of health with the requisite management and leadership capacity to implement their stated national health priorities. Representatives from public health systems along with their NGO implementing partners will learn management tools, frameworks and knowledge that will enable them to increase the quantity and quality of health services they provide along with improved access to them. The lessons will be practical, and aimed toward successfully meeting the complex challenges faced by Eastern, West and Southern African health systems.
Who Should APPLY?
The Management Development Institute is designed principally for high-level managers of public sector entities in sub-Saharan that are dedicated to the improvement of the health care of underserved populations in their countries. However, places will also be reserved for leaders of NGO's and other civil society organizations (Faith-Based Organizations and Community-Based Organizations) that have a similar health-related mission and that have a role in supporting initiatives and implementing health care priorities of the public sector.
We are seeking teams or clusters of individuals having related leadership responsibilities for implementing specific national health care programs and priorities in their country or region. In that way, the likelihood of the MDI bringing about significant impact is heightened and the program's utility to national health systems is enhanced.
Depending on the country and sector, candidates might have the following titles:
- Project Manager
- Program Manager
- Executive Director
- Program Coordinator
- Public Health Coordinator
- Regional Coordinator
- Chief Medical Officer
- Chief Nurse
- Medical Superintendent
- Country Coordinator
Participants who attend all the sessions and complete the program successfully will receive a Certificate of Completion from the University of California (USA).