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.
Over the past decade, the imperative of building strong national health systems has gained heightened global attention. The unprecedented resources made available for global health, and particularly for combating the major pandemics, have enabled countries to significantly expand the reach of life-saving health interventions.
As the responses to the AIDS pandemic change from emergency services to long-term care for those infected and affected and as the responses by governments and international and local organizations put greater emphasis on implementing country-owned, sustainable programs to community becomes increasingly apparent.
On the eve of the International Donors' Conference Towards a New Future in Haiti to be held in New York on March 31, Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a nonprofit health group, urged donors to consider a successful two-pronged development approach that has led to improved health in Haiti.
"The two-pronged approach is grounded in the principle that the Haitian government must ultimately lead the process but also work together in partnership with NGOs and the private sector," said Dr. Jonathan D. Quick, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of MSH.
The Supply Chain Management System's (SCMS) dedicated staff in Haiti has now distributed kits of medicines and other medical supplies from existing stock in the project warehouse to 16 hospitals and 14 clinical sites in Port-au-Prince. As of January 19, more than 40,000 pounds (18,000kg) of medicines and emergency medical supplies from warehouse stock had been distributed.