MDI Workshop for West African Healthcare Managers opens in Ghana

Over 50 Health Managers and Leaders drawn from 7 Countries in Anglophone West African have converged in the Capital City of Ghana, Accra, to be trained in critical areas of  the Sector to make Africa Health Sector competitively strong.
The five-day intensive training is expected to equip the participants with Human Resources Management, Operations Management, Health Information Systems, Leadership Program Monitoring among others.
The Director of MDI, West Africa, Professor Anthony Mawuli Sallar, entreated participants to share and exchange experiences for the betterment of each other and their respective Countries at large.
.He hoped participants will willingly exchange experiences to enhance both the programme as well as add to their knowledge to help them deliver better services on their return to work
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Week-long MDI workshop for Anglophone West African health care managers opens in Accra
The West African segment of the Management Development Institute (MDI) for Health Care Organizations of Africa has begun at GIMPA, Accra from October 15, 2017 to October 22, 2017.
The week-long intensive training of health professionals from seven English-speaking countries in West Africa and Uganda is focused on building the leadership, management and governance capacity of health leaders and managers.
Hosted by the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, GIMPA and organized with the support of the Anderson School of Management, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) with funding provided by global health product manufacturers, Johnson and Johnson, MDI seeks to provide Ministries of Health with the requisite management and leadership capacity to implement their stated national health priorities
In an opening speech read on his behalf, the Minister of Health of Ghana, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, called on health professionals to show ‘leadership’ in the delivery of their job even as they may face challenges resulting from resource constraints and gaps in quality and access. Knowing what to do to save lives, the minister said, was not the challenge of the health professional as no one could doubt the technical and medical abilities but the challenge is achieving results.
The minister further pointed to critical factors that help in the achievement of results. These include, skills in time management, team work and decision making, motivating staff, resource management (human & financial), monitoring and evaluation (owning the data), forming partnerships, results focus – quality and client satisfaction. Prudent management of scarce resources, human and financial, to minimize on wastage and maximize on resource deployment for effective and efficient service delivery, he continued.
‘What we require is that all current and future health care managers, be well prepared to lead teams to achieve results.  We need to raise the quality of health care leadership and management to the level assumed by industry and business.’, the minister asserted.
In conclusion he expressed immense gratitude to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Anderson School of Management, leaders of the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) in Kenya for having the vision to develop a course such as this and Johnson & Johnson, the world’s most comprehensive and broadly based manufacturer of health care products, for funding the MDI for Health Care Organizations in West Africa, Eastern Africa and Southern Africa and later Francophone and Lusophone Africa.
The director of MDI, West Africa, Professor Anthony Mawuli Sallar, in his welcome address called on participants to ensure the programme does not only add to their knowledge but also help improve on their delivery of quality services to their clients, their patients. He hoped participants will willingly exchange experiences to enhance both the programme as well as add to their knowledge to help them deliver better services on their return to work.
This year’s programme curriculum, according to Prof. Sallar, is built around management tools, frameworks and knowledge that enable them to increase the quantity and quality of health services they provide along with improved access to them. It also includes the WHO building blocks of Health Care. The lessons, he emphasised are practical, and aim towards successfully meeting the complex challenges faced by Eastern, West and Southern African health systems.  The curriculum includes:
• Human Resources Management (Organizational Planning, Leadership and Change Management)
• Operations Management
• Health Information Systems
• Leadership
• Program Monitoring & Evaluation
• Health Economics  and Insurance
• Social Marketing and
• Project Management which has just been added to the West Africa’s class of 2015.
• Ethics and Governance which have been added to West African and Eastern African curricula to meet the ever- changing health care environment.   Concepts such as governance as it relates to conflicts of interest and corruption have been added as well as fraud which is an appendage when health financing are introduced in any health care setting. With the increase in health insurance across the continent, the potential for abuse and fraud has become great. All of a sudden where individuals used to pay out of pocket is now being paid by a third party.
Prof. Sallar took the opportunity to announce that due to the success of the MDI over the past 10 years, a decision was made to expand the training to Francophone and Lusophone Africa. This gave birth to opening another centre in Dakar Senegal (Francophone MDI) and now Mozambique (Lusophone) whose maiden program commences in December 2017.
Source: Francis Edzorna Mensah

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