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Programme Goal

The overall aim of PHSSA 1 was to strengthen and harmonise regional training and joint learning capacity for sustainable health systems strengthening in Africa.

Programme Purpose

Its primary purpose was to create a critical mass of professionals and their networks with state-of-the-art knowledge and skills in Leadership, Management and Governance (LMG) for HSS in Africa.

Programme Direct Beneficiaries

The beneficiaries comprised health professionals (educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers, among others) from governments, civil society organisations (CSOs), public health institutions and academia in Sub-Saharan Africa, who were engaged in human resource development aimed at health systems strengthening. 

3rd Francophone HSS Training Dakar
3rd Francophone HSS Training (Dakar)


The current phase of the programme (2016 to 2021) builds on the successes of the first phase which was implemented between 2011 and 2016. The objective of the first phase was to strengthen and harmonise regional capacity building efforts for Health System Strengthening through the development, implementation and dissemination of standardised training curricula and materials. The following achievements were realised:

  • Strong partnerships were established where by the end of the programme, where 38 African countries were reached, from the initial 14 that had been targetted;
  • The LMG training materials consisting of curriculum (with ten (10) modules), Manuals and facilitators’ guides were produced and translated from English into French and Portuguese;
  • Over 12,000 copies of the training materials distributed to all participating institutions in the respective linguistic regions of Africa;
  • 341 master trainers on Leadership, Management and Governance for Health Systems Strengthening (LMG-HSS) from 38 countries across Anglophone (168 Trainers), Francophone (120 Trainers) and Lusophone (53 Trainers) were trained;
  • Leadership, management and governance training was progressively incorporated in several pre-service and in-service health training curricula
  • Carried out a Tracer Study and Mid-Term Review (MTR) to assess the continued relevance of PHSSA, regarding goals, design, implementation, approach and to document lessons learnt and best practices that can guide the remaining phase of programme towards achieving the planned project objectives;
  • Documented processes, successes and lessons learnt from implementation of the programme.