This handbook on Health Systems Managementand Leadership Strengthening has been developedby the World Economic Forum, based on the PublicPrivate Partnership or Health Systems Managementand Leadership Strengthening between the Ministryo Health in Ghana and the World Economic Forum.It is designed to provide strategic guidance to ministrieso health in Sub-Saharan Arica that are interested inimplementing a programme to build leadership andmanagement capacities within their institution to worktowards health systems strengthening.
The handbook is comprised o a guide or health leaders
and a toolkit or a secretariat that will support theministry in the implementation o a Health Systems
Management and Leadership Strengthening
Programme. Together, the guide and toolkit provide oneo many approach or implementing a health systemsstrengthening programme; it is not intended to serve as
an exhaustive blueprint or health systems leadership
and management strengthening. The World Economic
Forum recommends that health leaders interestedin implementing a management and leadershipstrengthening programme review both the guide and
toolkit to build a holistic understanding o the approach.
While this handbook has been designed with theMinistry o Health in Ghana, based on the World
Economic Forum’s experience in the implementationo public-private partnerships, the activities included
in the handbook could easily translate to any
organization or ministry that is interested in improving
communication and building management andleadership capacity.
History o the World Economic ForumHealth Systems Management andLeadership Strengthening Programme
In 2005, the World Economic Forum rst set out toaddress the globally identied root causes o weakhealth systems, such as human resource (HR)challenges, that aect many developing countries,by catalysing a public-private partnership (PPP) thatwould ocus on health systems strengthening inSub-Saharan Arica.Through a series o consultation workshops, thepartners o the Forum’s Global Health Initiative (GHI)identied management strengthening as one o thekey areas o need in public health systems in Sub-Saharan Arica. Specically, it was determined thatthe Forum could most eectively respond to the callor strengthening health systems by leveragingthe breadth o management experience, leadershipexpertise and tools o its private sector partners,most o whom are leading global companies thatmake signicant internal investments in training and HR.In 2007, the GHI engaged the Ministry o Healthin Ghana along with several o its private sectorpartners in a PPP, with the intent o not onlyimproving communication and collaborationwithin Ghana’s health sector, but also contributingto the management and leadership capacitieso the sector leaders by sharing private sectorexpertise in management and leadership thatwould support leaders in tackling their healthsector management and leadership challenges.To meet the programme objectives, the PPPin Ghana ocused on two primary areas:
to strategically encourage eective coordination,cooperation and communication across the Ministryo Health and the heads o all the health sectoragencies
to strengthen the management and leadershipcapacities o the Ministry o Health andagencies leadershipSpecically, this was carried out through therevitalization and re-initialization o a previous“Heads o Agency Committee” into a leadershipteam with a clearer agenda and set o objectives.A heavier ocus was placed on horizontal teammanagement and leadership development, to whichthe private sector contributed its expertise byconducting “Management Spotlights” in the ormo presentations, workshops and case studiesduring each meeting o the leadership team.At the end o the rst year o implementation,the members o the leadership team were inagreement that the level o communication andcollaboration had greatly improved in the teamas a result o the meetings. Additionally, it had beenclearly demonstrated that the group made signicantprogress towards achieving the goals set orth bythe Ministry o Health.At the conclusion o the public-private partnership,the members o the leadership team expressed animprovement in the level o cooperation across the