Governance for Health: Priorities for Post-2015 and Beyond


View the video from the panel presentation below:

The USAID-funded Leadership, Management & Governance (LMG) Project led by Management Sciences for Health (MSH) hosted a high-level side event in conjunction with the 67th World Health Assembly (WHA) on May 21, 2014 at the Geneva Press Club in Geneva, Switzerland. The event, “Governance for Health: Priorities for Post-2015 and Beyond,” featured an interactive panel and discussed the following questions:

  • How does smart governance interact and enable leadership and management practices in the health system?
  • What are additional gains that result from good governance for health?
  • How can improved governance better engage all stakeholders, especially women and youth leaders as equal partners?
  • How can good governance for health be effective in an atmosphere of donor-driven health priorities? Is the demand for governance coming from the country or the donor?
  • Governance for health is vaguely defined and understood, where does good governance fit in the post-2015 framework and what are the strategies to prioritize it?

MSH launched the beta version of its Govern4Health app, targeted to leaders, managers, and those who govern within health systems. Download it today!

Additionally, you can refer to our blog series on the importance of governance and:

Challenges for the Supply of Health Workers

Youth as “Crucial Actors” for Health Sector Accountability

Gender Responsiveness

Voices from a Multi-Stakeholder Panel

Doctor and child patient in DRC Photo: Warren Zelman

Photo: Warren Zelman

Panelists included:

H.E. Dr. Suraya Dalil, Minister of Public Health, Afghanistan

H.E. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Minister of Health, Republic of Uganda

Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez, Assistant Administrator for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Dr. Tomohiko Sugishita, Senior Advisor (Health), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

Dr. Sameen Siddiqi, Director, Division of Health Systems and Services Development, World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (WHO)

Prof. Francis Omaswa, Executive Director, African Center for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST)

Civil Society Respondent: Dr. Christine Sow, Executive Director, Global Health Council (GHC)

Youth Respondent: Simba Shayanewako, Family Planning Youth Centers, Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals, Zimbabwe

Moderator: Dr. Jonathan Quick, President and CEO, Management Sciences for Health (MSH)