MSH & LIVESTRONG Foundation Study Tour 2014

February 14, 2014 - 12:00am - February 23, 2014 - 12:00am

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) and the LIVESTRONG Foundation (LIVESTRONG) are proud to sponsor a Congressional staff study tour to Uganda and Rwanda examining the key elements of the countries’ health systems with a particular focus on how the countries are addressing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) also known as chronic diseases.  Strong health systems are the most sustainable way of improving health and saving lives at large scale. For a health system to address the needs of its people it must:

  • Act in a coordinated and integrated way so as to reach people who may otherwise go undetected.
  • Deliver integrated care including all players in the health system—government ministries, pharmacists, healers, health workers, and community health workers.
  • Be administered responsibility so to ensure quality care that is both physically and financially accessible.
  • Have strong information systems and an educated health workforce.
  • Support local public and private-sector healthcare providers.

C-NCDs, also considered “the silent killer”, pose a significant threat to global health and development. In fact, chronic diseases, including cancers, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and chronic lung diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide, surpassing deaths from HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. Of the 36 million annual chronic disease deaths, 80 percent occur in low- and middle-income countries. Eight million of these deaths are preventable through changes in lifestyle and access to quality, affordable health services. Left unchecked, chronic diseases will be the leading cause of disability by 2030 and will lead to lost economic productivity and higher health care costs.  MSH and LIVESTRONG believe by building high-impact, sustainable, locally-owned health systems, societies are healthier and countries are able to address emerging or future global health challenges.

Updates will be provided throughout the week on the study tour's blog. Click here for more information.