BRITE Management and Leadership Academy

Partnership Objective

Strengthen health systems and improve the quality of healthcare delivery by developing management and leadership capacity at various levels of the health system in Zambia

The MLA program helps equip healthcare workers with the knowledge and skills to lead, own and transform the delivery of healthcare in their own country. The MLA program helps equip healthcare workers with the knowledge and skills to lead, own and transform the delivery of healthcare in their own country. Copyright BRITE

What are the health needs and challenges?

In most developing countries, the effectiveness and sustainability of healthcare interventions strongly depends on local implementation capabilities. In their day-to-day work, healthcare professionals often have to take on management and leadership responsibilities in addition to a wide range of clinical duties. The combination of a lack of preparation for management and leadership tasks and a general scarcity of healthcare professionals contributes to poor health outcomes for communities.

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

With a $4 million commitment from MSD's Merck Foundation, the BroadReach Institute for Training and Education (BRITE) is implementing its Management and Leadership Academy (MLA) program in Zambia. Zambia was identified as a country with a need for improved management and leadership skills among healthcare professionals in order to help build and strengthen the capacity of their local health systems. Through the MLA program, BRITE and its partners aims  to conduct training for healthcare professionals in all nine provinces of Zambia, across 27 target districts.

The MLA program helps equip healthcare workers with the knowledge and skills to lead, own and transform the delivery of healthcare in their own country, resulting in improved care and saved lives. MLA teaches results-based management and focuses on solving current challenges facing healthcare workers by combining on-site workshops with case studies and extensive mentoring of program participants.

BRITE is also working with Abt Associates in implementing the MLA program and is receiving additional support under the USAID-funded Zambia Integrated Systems Strengthening Program (ZISSP). BRITE and ZISSP are working in close partnership with the Ministry of Health and the National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA) in Zambia to support the Ministry's ongoing efforts to develop management and leadership capacity at different levels of the health system.

The MLA approach is based on prior BroadReach Healthcare experiences in Botswana, Ethiopia and South Africa and teaches the practical application of acquired management and leadership skills to real-life issues and ultimately enables the transfer of skills to the work context in a sustainable manner. The combination of trainings, case studies and mentorship sessions helps participants in their day-to-day duties while also preparing them for the practical implementation of future programs and initiatives.

Summary of impact and forward looking information

Since its launch in 2011, the MLA program in Zambia has enrolled a total of 646 participants.  To date, almost 60 percent (379) of these participants have graduated, completing the four workshops in the MLA training series.  Of these 379 graduates, approximately 47 percent (177) graduated with accredited higher diplomas in management and leadership from the National Institute of Public Administration, which has led to national recognition of the MLA program.  The MLA certificate, and in particular, the NIPA Diploma, is an accredited health professional qualification that counts toward promotion within the civil service.

BRITE is assessing the MLA program effectiveness and outcomes through both qualitative and quantitative methods.  Through their program evaluation efforts, BRITE aims to assess the impact of MLA training on health workers’ management and leadership knowledge, skills and practices as well as the impact on services delivery.

 

*MSD is known as Merck in the United States and Canada.

Partnership information

Company(ies) MSD

Partner(s) Abt Associates, BroadReach Institute for Training and Education (BRITE), Zambia Integrated Systems Strengthening Program (ZISSP), Zambian Ministry of Health

Type of Partner(s) Government, NGOs

Therapeutic Focus Other

Disease(s) General Health

Program Type(s) Health System Infrastructure - Development of Physical Infrastructure, Health System Infrastructure - Training

Targeted Population(s) Health professionals

Region(s) Sub-Saharan Africa

Number of Countries 1

Country(ies) Zambia

Start Date 2011

More information BRITE Healthcare

Anticipated completion date 2014