An intensive programme has been organized to enhance the leadership and management skills of programme managers and leaders of sub-Saharan African organizations, governmental and non-governmental organizations devoted to delivering health-care services to underserved populations.
The Management Development Institute (MDI) for Health Care Organizations is a one-week intensive Programme designed to assist African ministries of health in implementing their particular national health priorities.
The major goal of the MDI is to provide ministries of health with the management and leadership capacity needed 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.
Nearly 600 participants from 22 African countries have graduated from this program to date. Up until 2010, the MDI was focused solely on HIV/AIDS. In 2011, the programme’s new focus was expanded to health systems and now invites participation of those involved in implementing national health priorities in the areas of communicable diseases – of which HIV/AIDS is one – and chronic diseases, as well.
The programme has been designed by the world-class management faculty from the UCLA Anderson School of Management at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA ) and by leaders of the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF). The MDI is delivered by instructors from UCLA, AMREF and by outstanding faculty from other African universities, including the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), and the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town (UCT).
The programme is funded by Johnson & Johnson. Three identical programmes are offered – each in a different region of Africa:
• For Southern African leaders in Cape Town, South Africa: 26 August – 1 September 2012
• For West African leaders, in Accra, Ghana: 2 – 8 September 2012.
The MDI 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. Places will also be reserved for leaders of NGOs 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.
Thirty-six participants will be selected for each session. For an application form or further information on the MDI, click here .
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