June 23, 2009

By Paul Feinberg

The Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies recently honored Professor Victor Tabbush and UCLA Anderson's Management Development Institute (MDI) for their service in West Africa. The award was presented to Tabbush (representing the entirety of the MDI program) in Accra, Ghana before an audience that included Donald Teitelbaum, the United States Ambassador to Ghana.

"It was a nice recognition of UCLA Anderson's work in West Africa," said Tabbush upon his return. "It's indicative of the impact the program has made."

UCLA Anderson's MDI for HIV/AIDS service providers is aimed at enhancing and developing the management skills of managers and leaders of African organizations dedicated to the care and treatment of patients with HIV/AIDS and families coping with stricken-loved ones. Housed within Anderson's Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, the program was developed and is now taught by Anderson faculty (including Tabbush and Senior Associate Dean Alfred E. Osborne) in conjunction with educators from African universities. In addition, UCLA Anderson MBA students travel to Africa during their summers to serve as teaching assistants.

There are six main learning modules in the MDI curriculum: organizational planning, operations management, health information systems, financial management, leadership and human resources and program monitoring and evaluation. Key to the program's success is the Community Healthcare Improvement Project (CHIP). This latter element encourages participants to bring their newly-acquired management skills to an issue, problem or project relevant to their current work within their own organizations. Through a peer-and-faculty consulting process, participants develop the strategic plan to resolve a significant issue or obstacle in their organization.

The success stories are numerous. They include the Coptic Hope Center for Infectious Diseases at Coptic Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya and Lusaka, Zambia where HIV/AIDS program were expanded to three additional locations; the expansion of services in the Democratic Republic of Congo by Heal Africa; and the "KCM Door-to-Door Family Health Check" project at Konkola Copper Mines Community Medicine clinic in Chingola, Zambia.

Tabbush believes that UCLA Anderson students benefit along with the program's attendees.

"Africa is the last continent to develop and our students can make a major difference for some who are less fortunate," Tabbush said. "They're able to utilize some of their skills in entrepreneurship and microfinance. UCLA Anderson students also want to give back and they are very motivated to be part of the program."

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