The Ministerial Leadership Initiative for Global Health (MLI) launched a blog to spotlight the views of global leaders and health development practitioners on the vital role that effective health ministry leadership and strong country ownership play in improving health outcomes.
This week, the MLI blog is running a series of daily question-and-answer pieces conducted by journalist John Donnelly about country ownership of health programs. The blog series features interviews with eight leaders, including, Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO Director General; Dr. Rajiv Shah, USAID Administrator; Honorable Minister Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Health Minister of Ethiopia; and Dr. Francis Omaswa, Founder and Executive Director of ACHEST in Uganda. Launched in the run-up to the United Nations Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), September 20-22, the series comes at a time when world leaders are grappling with the pressing issue of who ultimately leads decision making in developing countries. To read the new MLI blog, click here.
MLI works to strengthen the leadership capacity of ministries of health in Ethiopia, Mali, Nepal, Senegal, and Sierra Leone in order to advance policy in three interrelated areas: health financing for equity, donor harmonization in health, and reproductive health. MLI is a program of Aspen Global Health and Development, a legacy program of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative, in partnership with Results for Development Institute and the Council of Women World Leaders. MLI collaborates with the World Health Organization (WHO) to disseminate and foster dialogue about the WHO Report, Women and Health: Today’s Evidence, Tomorrow’s Agenda. MLI is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
As a partner, Results for Development Institute (R4D) is helping Ministers of Health and their senior teams in MLI countries build leadership capacity to successfully design and implement health sector reforms. R4D applies its expertise in: (1) fostering organizational leadership, (2) developing options for innovative financing, and (3) providing tools and sharing best practices for mutually-accountable interactions between ministries of health and external development partners.