Overview

Our Mission

The Network’s mission is to improve the coverage and quality of health services in Africa through the strengthening of the management and leadership of institutions in the health sector.

Our Business

To build capacity through organizational strengthening, institutional development, innovative training, applied research and technical support to health leadership and management institutions and individuals in Af towards supporting the country health systems programs to meet their MDGs.

Countries Represented

Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Congo Brazzaville, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Netherlands, Nigeria, Portugal, Senegal, South Africa, Switzerland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and the USA.

The African Health Leadership and Management Network (AHLMN) is a Network whose mission is to improve the coverage and quality of health services in Africa through the strengthening of the management and leadership of institutions in the health sector.

Poor management of health systems and services has been identified as obstacles to scaling up service delivery and attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in African countries. These constraints remain despite continuing efforts to train and build “management capacity” due to a shortage of skilled management expertise in the region and an uncoordinated and fragmented approach to management capacity building. The increases in resources coming from global health initiatives can only produce the desired results if countries and institutions pay more strategic attention to building effective leadership and management capacity for the health sector.

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To help resolve these issues, two international consultations were held in 2007 (Accra) and 2008 (Kampala) at which a number of health training and research institutions and other organisations active in Africa discussed and agreed on new strategies to support and help scale up health services through improved management performance. These organisations agreed to come together into a network that pools and shares their expertise and enhances their ability to positively influence health leadership and management change.

At a meeting held at the Amref Health Africa in Nairobi, Kenya in December 2008, 33 African and international institutions agreed on and ratified a constitution to formally establish the network. The Network was called the African Health Leadership and Management Network (AHLMN).

The overall objective of the Network is to act as a forum for collective advocacy for resources to support health service delivery and efforts by African countries to attain MDG targets through better management. The specific objectives are to expand healthcare leadership and management technical assistance - including human resource development - to requesting countries, by pooling human and technical resources to create greater synergy and impact; to facilitate intra-regional integration and exchange of knowledge, services and expertise; and to agree benchmarks and standards for improving the performance of its members.

The Network is composed of three categories of members: Full Members, Associate Members and Individual Members.

  • Full Members are defined as institutions, agencies, divisions or other formal entities with headquarters in an African country (defined as WHO AFRO member country) whose work contributes to the strengthening of management in one or more African health sectors.
  • Corporate Members are defined as any company or organization that is involved in health systems leadership and management strengthening capacity building or an end user of trained health leaders and managers based anywhere.
  • Associate Members are defined as institutions, agencies, divisions or other formal entities with headquarters based elsewhere or who are in other fields of endeavour and whose work contributes to the strengthening of management in one or more African health sectors. Individual Members are defined as people based anywhere whose work contributes to strengthening health management in Africa.

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The Network plans to enhance the activities of its members through various activities. These include carrying out continuous assessment and map out resources and capabilities vis-à-vis the needs of the healthcare system; generating and disseminating service quality standards for member institutions; championing the development of appropriate curricula in collaboration with member institution; developing and implementing programs to enhance the capabilities of member institutions e.g. Pooling of human and technical resources, Train the trainer programs, and Benchmarking of best practice; carrying our research and facilitating the sharing of best practice amongst member institutions through different communication channels; enhancing pro-active dialogue and engagement with all relevant stakeholders; promoting and marketing of good leadership and management of healthcare systems; and mobilizing resources for the Network's activities. 

The Network offer the members a platform for networking with external stake holders, exchanging information, standardization of practice and, sharing of technologies, expertise and information.

Contact Details

AHLMN Coordinator
P. O. Box 26791 00506
Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 020 6993000
DL: 254 020 6993220
Fax : +254 2 609518
Email: ahlmn-email
Chair: Dr. Peter M. Ngatia 

 

 

Upcoming Events

  • AHLMN General Assembly
    Date:
     16th-18th March 2015
    Venue: Amref Health Africa Headquarters
  • The Management Development Institute (MDI) for Health Care Organizations
    Date:
     04th-09th May 2015
    Venue: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    For More Details www.mdichip.org

Countries Represented