New Publication Released by Management Sciences for Health - Health Systems in Action: An eHandbook for Leaders and Managers

from Management Sciences for Health
Published on 20 May 2010
May 20, 2010

Cambridge, MA- Management Sciences for Health (MSH) today announces its newest publication, Health Systems in Action: An eHandbook for Leaders and Managers. The electronic handbook equips health workers at the center of health systems to reduce illness and save lives. Health Systems in Action was funded and supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Leadership, Management & Sustainability Program.

Health Systems in Action emphasizes that people are the central, critical element of every health system. The handbook provides managers of health programs and health services with practical information to help strengthen and align the building blocks of an effective health system for greater health impact.

"This manual addresses, in remarkable detail, all the practical management aspects for health systems strengthening, but perhaps its most important contribution is its emphasis on the central element for building an effective national health system: skilled and motivated people," says Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Minister of Health, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

The handbook addresses the critical competencies of leadership in relation to strengthening health systems including: leading and managing, promoting good governance, planning, managing human resources, managing finances, monitoring and evaluation, and managing health service delivery.

"As a family physician, I've had the satisfaction of delivering care under good leadership, management, and governance. I've also had the painful frustration of working under poor leadership. The difference is literally one of life and death," says Dr. Jonathan D. Quick, President and CEO of MSH.

The eHandbook is available online and on CD-ROM. It includes access to over 100 leadership and management electronic resources, tools, and checklists, and over 20 country examples of health systems in action. Read the full handbook.


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