Yale to share health expertise with developing countries

Following a recent initiative, some Yale health care experts will soon be sharing their knowledge with medical leaders from the developing world.

The School of Public Health’s Global Health Leadership Institute announced on Nov. 3 its new partnership with Management Sciences for Health — a nonprofit institution focused on improving health care in the developing world — for a five-year project to strengthen hospitals and other medical providers in eight different countries. For its part, Yale will provide training and certification for senior ministers of health from these nations. The alliance is part of the larger Leadership, Management and Governance project — a U.S. Agency for International Development initiative with access to $199 million in funds.

“Management Sciences for Health is a great organization, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with them,” Jeannie Mantopoulos SPH ’08, assistant director of the Global Health Leadership Institute and leader of the LMG project, said.

Management Sciences for Health is a private nonprofit institution that strives to improve health care in developing countries by “closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health,” according to its website. Besides Yale, the LMG project also includes the African Medical and Research Foundation, International Planned Parenthood Foundation, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Medic Mobile.

The partnership, Mantopoulos said, aims to provide training in leadership methods and design of health care systems in the eight countries. She added that the program will offer a certificate in health leadership and a short training program that will engage the senior minister of health in these countries.

Elizabeth Bradley, faculty director of the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute, said in a press release that the leadership and management tools acquired through the proposed training are essential to improve global health.

“Investment in leadership and management are critical in helping our own and other countries establish efficient and effective health care systems,” she said. “This collaboration helps Yale expand on its goals to develop leadership to address health problems that transcend national borders.”

Mantopoulos also agreed that training is important to strengthen health care in developing countries, adding that the knowledge of how to organize health systems is almost as important as having the resources to provide care.

In a separate press release, James A. Rice, project director of Management Sciences for Health, said that his organization values its partnership with Yale.

Yale students will also benefit from the partnership, Mantopoulos said, as there may be internship opportunities available, both domestic and abroad.

The program will work with leaders from Bangladesh, Malawi, Nepal, Rwanda, Guatemala, Ethiopia, Kenya and Mali.

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