LMG Project Year 5 Annual Report

  • Published Date: January 2017
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Throughout Project Year Five (PY5), the Leadership, Management, and Governance (LMG) Project applied expertise through 13 USAID Mission–funded projects to develop the capacity of health systems to be truly responsive to the needs of all people. Additionally, activities funded by USAID/Washington were implemented worldwide.

Contributions to USAID Priorities

Our work in family planning, including our study in Cameroon of the added value of a leadership development program to post-partum family planning service delivery, are contributing knowledge that can help achieve FP2020 goals.

In HIV and AIDS programming, our Network Strengthening Program (NSP), tested with two HIV and AIDS–focused organizations in Malawi, is an example of a resource developed by the LMG Project to build capacity of organizations so they are able to contribute to and AIDS-free generation. Our certificate course to improve the leadership management and governance skills of Midwives so they can overcome service delivery challenges in their clinics contributes to the goals of Ending Preventable Maternal and Child Deaths.

Working Across the Health System

As in prior years, in PY5 the LMG Project continued to collaborate with community members, health workers, and government ministries to identify ways to improve service delivery and promote sustainability of programs.

Our work focuses on all levels of the health system; to ensure individual medical personnel have the skills and competencies they need to lead and manage programs and health facilities once they graduate, we worked with pre-service training institutions in Ethiopia to deliver the new Health System Management course to almost 1,000 students at four universities.

We continued to strengthen the capacity of organizations so they could reliably deliver high-quality health services. A follow-up organizational capacity assessment of the Joint Clinical Research Centre in Uganda showed improved capacity across nearly all areas assessed.

At the national level, we strengthened the capacity of National Malaria Control Programs in six West and Central African countries to effectively implement their national malaria strategies through the provision of ongoing technical support and implementation of the Leadership Development Program Plus. In our work with the International Committee of the Red Cross, we delivered senior leadership programs to multi-sectoral teams from 11 countries with the goal of strengthening the enabling environment for physical rehabilitation and disability rights. Through three regional Senior Leadership Programs, we trained 107 high level decision-makers from 15 countries in Africa and East Asia.

To promote regional coordination on data dissemination and use, we collaborate with the Latin American Network for the Strengthening of Health Information Systems, to standardize and strengthen health information systems (HISs) in the Latin America and Caribbean region.

At the global level, we convened 72 governance and public-health leaders to hold our fourth governance roundtable, which will produce a roadmap to identify governance actions that will help achieve 2030 health targets. Additionally, in coordination with the WHO, we are developing a training of trainers program for wheelchair service providers to promote a standard global approach.

Practical Tools and Resources

To ensure that the investments made by USAID over the years through the LMG Project are sustained, we made nine off-the-shelf tools and resources accessible and adaptable in PY5 so individuals and organizations could easily improve their skills in leadership, management and governance; these will continue to be accessible on LeaderNet.org after the project ends in 2017.

Materials available include a facilitator’s guide for the Communications and Coaching Program, the Leadership, Management, and Governance Certificate Course for Midwives, five governance guides, and the updated Health Systems in Action eHandbook.

As we begin the final year of the LMG Project, our work will focus on completing our ongoing activities, documenting results and lessons learned, and disseminating this information so others can build upon it. We will continue to ensure that our partners in the field are equipped with the skills and tools they need to continuously strengthen health systems by sustainably improving leadership, management, and governance practices.