MLI Newsletter - February 25, 2011

February 25, 2011

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The Role of Leadership and Country Ownership in Achieving Universal Health Coverage: The MLI Experience

The role of leadership in a country's effort to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) will be the topic of a panel featuring Moussa Mbaye, Senegal's Secretary General of the Ministry of Health and Prevention, and Rosann Wisman, MLI Director. The panel, taking place at the African Health Economists and Policy Association (AfHEA) conference in Senegal during March, will foster a dialogue around questions such as: does the level of country ownership of UHC efforts influence the process and outcomes? What are the most common public sector leadership challenges in developing countries in health coverage efforts?

MLI's work in all five of our countries will be highlighted at the conference through presentations addressing the following topics:

• "Approaches to Development Partner Coordination in Five MLI Countries."
• "The Balanced Scorecard: A Tool for Developing the Health Sector Development Plan IV in Ethiopia"
• "Is Rwanda replicable? Mali's quest to learn from Rwanda's health insurance success and adapt its approach in a national strategy to extend mutuelles de santé"
• "Overcoming Financial Obstacles to Reproductive Health Care: Experiences with Free Care and Health Insurance"
• "Situational Analysis on the Reform of the Criteria for Allocating Resources in the Health Sector in Senegal."

E-Newsletter – 25 February 2011

Mitigating the Effects of Health Worker Migration in MLI Countries

Health worker migration is a major challenge facing all MLI countries. Dr. Samuel A.S. Kargbo, director of reproductive health in Sierra Leone,has witnessed firsthand the effects of migration on health systems, "You hear about all the bad health indicators for Sierra Leone. The reason is because the resources are not there – the human resources." Dr. Kargbo cited that only four of his fellow medical school classmates stayed in Sierra Leone after the completion of their studies. Statistics such as this one brought leaders in global health together for the Second Global Forum on Human Resources for Health hosted by the Global Health Workforce (GHWA) in Bangkok last month where they renewed their conviction that, "A robust health workforce is a core element of health systems in all countries, and critical to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Universal Health Coverage." Read more about how this issue affects MLI counties in “Crisp on Davos: Invest in Health Worker Training” at MLI's Leading Global Health blog.



MLI Capacity Enhancement Seminar highlighted at Nepal's Joint Annual Review

Top technical experts from the Nepal Ministry of Health and Population gathered in Kathmandu for a Capacity Enhancement Seminar sponsored by MLI in late January. As a result of the seminar, Ministry leaders contributed new strategies to the National Health Sector Programme-Implementation Plan 2, which will guide the country's health sector until 2015. Key health sector stakeholders from government, NGOs, bilateral and multilateral international funders immediately heard of the success of the seminar the following week at Nepal's Joint Annual Review meeting. Dr. Baburam Marasini, Senior Public Health Administrator and Coordinator of the Health Sector Reform Section, presented the key seminar takeaways and reported the ministry officials' support for capacity enhancement. Dr. Marasini's presentation received an enthusiastic response from international donors in attendance who expressed interest in integrating future capacity enhancement activities into a sector-wide plan for the coming year

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About MLI
The Ministerial Leadership Initiative for Global Health (MLI) works with ministries of health in Ethiopia, Mali, Nepal, Senegal, and Sierra Leone to advance country ownership and leadership in three inter-related policy areas: health financing to ensure sustainable health care for all; donor alignment to ensure that donors work together to support country led priorities; and reproductive health because the health of women is central to the health and stability of communities and nations. MLI is a program of Aspen Global Health and Development, a legacy program of Realizing Rights and is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. MLI partners are the Results for Development Institute and the Council of Women World Leaders.

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