The Management Development Institute (MDI) for Health Care Organizations is a one-week intensive program designed to enhance the leadership and management skills of program managers and leaders of sub-Saharan organizations, governmental and non-governmental, that are devoted to delivering health care services to underserved populations. The program has been designed to specifically assist African ministries of health in implementing their particular national health priorities.

The MDI program was designed by world-class management faculty from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and by leaders of Amref Health Africa.

Project Goal

The primary goal of the MDI is to assist African Ministries of Health in implementing their particular national health priorities and improving the effectiveness of their health systems by enhancing the leadership and management skills and practices of program managers and leaders of organizations that are devoted to delivering healthcare services to underserved populations.

Location/Region: Kakamega, Kilifi, Nairobi and Nyeri Counties, Kenya
Project Duration: 1 year
Donor: Johnson & Johnson

Specific Objectives

To build the capacity of frontline health workers to effectively manage and control infectious disease (IDs) (pneumonia and diarrhoeal disease).

To strengthen community health systems to increase public awareness for prevention, early diagnosis, effective management and control of IDs.

To improve the supply chain for increased access to medicines and supplies for IDs and Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs).

To generate and use evidence for advocacy and to influence action and policy.

Major activities

The Management Development Institute consists of ten modules focusing on specific areas of management directly relevant to national ministries of health and their implementing partners as they evaluate their missions and implement their health plans to achieve their stated priorities.

Intervention Areas

  • Organizational Planning
  • Leadership and Human Resources Management
  • Health Economics and Health Financing
  • Governance and Ethics
  • Change Management
  • Operations Management
  • Financial Management
  • Social Marketing
  • Health Information Systems
  • Program Evaluation and Monitoring

Achievements to date by Objective Areas

Participants gained access to management tools, frameworks and knowledge that enabled them to increase the quantity and quality of health services they provided along with improved access to them. Since its inception in 2006, 1,632 participants from 41 African countries have graduated from this program.