Project Dates: September 2012-June 2015

Project Overview:
In September 2012, the activities of Tech-Serve, a USAID-funded health project designed to enhance performance and improve senior health leadership in Afghanistan, were transitioned to the Leadership, Management, and Governance (LMG) Project in Afghanistan. The LMG/Afghanistan Project was funded through June 2015, and aimed to further strengthen the capacity of the Afghan Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) to lead, manage, and govern the delivery of Basic Package of Health Services (BPHS) and the Essential Package of Hospital Services (EPHS) to ensure access to and quality of health services, particularly for those at highest risk.

A child is examined by a health worker in an Afghan clinic. (Photo: MSH)

The LMG/Afghanistan Project was administered as part of the USAID-funded LMG Project, a global health project that supports activities in 42 countries worldwide to improve leadership, management, and governance practices as a way to create stronger health systems and improve health for all, including vulnerable populations.

The LMG/Afghanistan Project built upon the strengths and successes of the Tech-Serve Project to promote enhanced performance of health leadership at different levels of the health system. LMG/Afghanistan’s focus was on providing direct technical assistance and coaching to MOPH senior leadership to build technical capacity and governance capabilities.

Local ownership was a priority and was woven into all LMG Project activities. It is also one of the fundamentals of the “Tao of Leadership” philosophy of the project’s implementing partner, Management Sciences for Health. Strategies designed to strengthen health leadership were developed by Afghans, for Afghans, with international technical assistance used to promote global knowledge exchange and quality oversight.

Additional Resources

Case Study: Strengthening the Capacity of the Ministry of Public Health (PDF)

Empowering Communities: Community-Based Health Care in Afghanistan (PDF)

Hospital Management Reform in Afghanistan: Developing Autonomous Hospital Management Systems at 16 National Institutions (PDF)

Profiles of Courage: Stories of Impact from the Leadership, Management, and Governance Afghanistan Project, 2012–2015 (PDF)

Rebuilding the Health Sector in Afghanistan: Professionalizing Leadership and Management as a Pillar of the Health System (PDF)

State of Afghanistan’s Midwifery Report, 2014 (PDF)