Management Development Institute (MDI) Program


 Kakamega, Kilifi, Nairobi and Nyeri with selected sub counties. These sub counties include: Malava, Likuyani and Lurambi in Kakamega, Kaloleni and Kilifi North in Kilifi, Embakasi and Kasarani in Nairobi and Tetu, Mukuruweini and Nyeri Central in Nyeri.

Project Duration

1 Years


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


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.

Specific Objectives

Objective 1

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

Objective 2

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

Objective 3

To improve the supply chain for increased access to medicines and supplies for IDs and NCDs

Objective 4

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


Total Users




Certified Learners


Learning Institutions

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.

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