Reflecting on 2006, MSH Honors Its Local Partners Across the Developing World

CAMBRIDGE, MA—With the release of its 2006 Annual Report today, Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is highlighting the vital role that partnerships play in tackling urgent health challenges across the developing world. The report profiles locally based partners in 20-plus countries and celebrates their successes in battling HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, maternal and child mortality, and other health threats. Featured countries include Afghanistan, Haiti, Nepal, Nicaragua, Cambodia, Malawi, and many others. “When you look at any one of these countries, the health challenges they face can seem absolutely overwhelming,” says Dr. Jonathan D. Quick, MSH president and chief executive officer. “Yet experience shows us, time and again, that when the resources and strengths of many partners are combined, it’s possible to make significant and lasting progress in improving health.” Dr. Quick notes that MSH works with local partners in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors and at every level of a country’s health system: from the Ministry of Health and provincial health officials, to NGOs and civil society groups, to democratically elected district health committees and providers at local health facilities. “In all those partnerships, our role in to strengthen health systems by developing effective leaders and improving management systems and practices,” Quick explains. “Ultimately, our goal is to empower individuals to take charge of their health. In turn, healthy families are better able to earn a living, take care of their families, take part in community life, and contribute to a stable society.”