December 4, 2023

Leadership, Management, & Governance Programme: Empowering African Healthcare Leaders in the Fight Against Malaria

Juliet Hinga


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Friday, 1st December 2023, marked a significant milestone for participants of the Leadership, Management and Governance Program from Mali, Cote d’Ivoire, and Cameroon as they graduated after successful completion of the Program. 34 of the participants were from Mali with another 25 from Cote D’Ivoire and an additional 34 from Cameroon.

The participants trained in this Program were senior healthcare professionals from the Ministries of health in the three countries. The graduation served as a culmination of a week-long module, the last module of the program, during which the participants went through an intensive training program with in-class sessions, guest speaker sessions and industry visits.

An integral component of this module was the insightful industry visit to the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI). This visit provided participants with a firsthand look into the cutting-edge research and practices employed in the fight against malaria and other vector-borne diseases. The experiential learning opportunity at KEMRI complemented the theoretical knowledge gained during the program, offering a well-rounded perspective on the complexities of healthcare management.

The Leadership, Management and Governance is strategically designed to cultivate and empower leaders and managers of the National Malaria Control Programs (NMCP) in effective decision-making, proficient leadership and management, and resource mobilization. The ultimate goal is to enable these leaders to manage malaria and other vector-borne disease programs sustainably and cost-effectively within the African context, facilitating the transition from aid dependency to self-sufficient health system performance.

As we witnessed the dedication and enthusiasm of our participants from diverse backgrounds, it reaffirmed SBS’s commitment to fostering impactful leadership in the realm of healthcare. By providing tools, insights, and experiences, SBS aims to empower these leaders to drive sustainable change and contribute significantly to the advancement of health systems in their respective nations. In the spirit of collaboration and knowledge exchange, the Leadership, Management and Governance Program serves as a beacon for fostering cross-border partnerships and collective efforts in the battle against malaria.

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