Our 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

Eastern Africa region

Donor

Johnson & Johnson

Collaborating Partners

  • Amref Health Africa
  • Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA)
  • Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town (UCT)
  • International School of Management – Dakar
  • NOVA School of Business and Economics.
  • Lagos Business School

Project Duration

1 year

Background

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.

Major activities/Intervention Areas

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

  1. Organizational Planning
  2. Leadership and Human Resources Management
  3. Health Economics and Health Financing
  4. Governance and ethics
  5. Change management
  6. Operations Management
  7. Financial Management
  8. Social Marketing
  9. Health Information Systems
  10. 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.