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2009 Annual Activity Report for MLI Senegal

Since Senegal’s Ministry of Health and Prevention (MHP) had decided to meet the new challenges related to local and global initiatives such as the Poverty Reduction Strategy and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Ministry of Health began carrying out reforms intended to improve the management of outside support and the effectiveness of health expenses with the assistance of the Ministerial Leadership Initiative (MLI). Thus, the MLI, which has been cooperating with the Ministry of Health and Prevention since 2008, will present several of its accomplishments in this report.

An MLI Narrative: How did Sierra Leone Provide Free Health Care?

The first in a series of narratives on the inner workings of health ministries. In this MLI narrative, an in-depth look at the key moments behind how a war-torn nation started free care for pregnant women, breast-feeding mothers, and children under five years old.

Improving Country Capacity for Aid Coordination: Experiences from Five MLI Countries

This issue brief is based on the findings from a questionnaire administered to Ministry of Health staff in the five Ministerial Leadership Initiative for Global Health (MLI) countries: Ethiopia, Mali, Nepal, Senegal, and Sierra Leone. The original objective of the questionnaire was to inform the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in Sierra Leone about the set-up of development assistance coordination for the health sector in other countries.

Un exposé de l’ILM : Comment la Sierra Leone a-t-elle mis en place des soins de santé gratuits ?

Ceci est le premier texte d’une série qui traitera des mécanismes internes des ministères de la santé. Dans cet exposé de l’ILM, nous jetons un regard en profondeur sur les moments clés durant lesquels une  nation déchirée par la guerre a commencé un programme de gratuité des soins pour les femmes enceintes, les mères allaitantes et les enfants âgés de moins de cinq ans.

The MLI Model for Advancing Country Ownership

In the world of global aid and development, country ownership has become one of the most debated issues. But what does country ownership mean in practical terms to donors, development partners, civil society, and country governments? If the goal is to put each country into the driver’s seat, how can we get there? For nearly five years, the Ministerial Leadership Initiative for Global Health -MLI- has forged new pathways for advancing this critical development issue, working with five countries in Africa and Asia. What emerged is a distinctive MLI Model to advance country ownership.

In the Driver's Seat

In the Driver’s Seat, a series of interviews by journalist John Donnelly posted on the MLI Leading Global Health blog, discusses the dynamics of country ownership with leaders from developing countries, US government, and development partners.  The discussion broaches topics regarding how country ownership is incorporated into their work, why country ownership is gaining traction in development, and the perceived risks of country ownership. 

Featuring Interviews with:

Margaret Chan

Rajiv Shah

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Dialogue with Development Partners

To understand and gain perspective on how country ownership is gaining greater traction in MLI countries and the subsequent effects, journalist Nellie Bristol conducted interviews with development partners in Nepal, Sierra Leone, and Mali. This series, posted on MLI’s Leading Global Health blog, explores the growing commitment to country ownership by donors, other implementing partners, and developing country governments resulting in increased support for government health sector plans and reduced aid fragmentation.

Featuring interviews with:

Voices on Ownership

Country ownership is viewed as an important step towards improving aid effectiveness for global health.

Current limitations of the endowment fund and of leadership at the intermediate level

A practical case study focused on endowment fund management issues: the decision-making process in the transformational leadership scenario.

Case study of a draft performance contract between stakeholders and the Ministry

A practical case study focused on managing a reform at the intermediate level and leadership action at the central level.

  • Covering issues affecting the ministries and the people they serve.

    Leading Global Health Blog

    Even though I have worked in Sierra Leone in the past, the role of MLI Country Lead has given me the opportunity to build upon these previous experiences and to work closely with members of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS), to support the implementation of health policies and reforms that they have prioritized.


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