MSH Awarded $186 Million in Funding from USAID

Money will pay for three new programs aimed at improving health in developing countries

BOSTON, MA (OCTOBER 1, 2000) — Management Sciences for Health (MSH) has been awarded funding totaling $186 million by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for three new projects. These worldwide projects will expand and improve reproductive health and AIDS programs in Africa; strengthen the management and leadership of health services in developing countries; and increase access to commodities such as drugs, vaccines and contraceptives in those countries.

The USAID awards follow by less than one month a $29.9 million grant to MSH from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a better means to deliver vaccines and other essential drugs to poor children and families around the world.

"Millions of adults and children worldwide die each year from conditions that are easily prevented-women from pregnancy-related illnesses, children because they were not vaccinated," said Catherine Crone Coburn, President of MSH. "These awards will enable MSH to expand the work we have done for nearly 30 years with local governments and private organizations to improve health."

"Our overarching goal with all three projects is to decrease developing countries' reliance on US assistance by building their capacity to manage health and family planning services and drug logistics systems," added Crone Coburn. "Each project will provide opportunities for health managers from developing nations to share their experiences and work together to find solutions to their problems."

The USAID awards will be used for the following programs:

  • The ADVANCE Africa project, a $92 million, five-year cooperative agreement to improve access to and the quality of reproductive health services throughout Africa. MSH has partnered with the Academy of Educational Development (AED), the Centre for African Family Studies (CAFS) in Nairobi, Kenya, Deloitte Touche, Family Health International (FHI), and the Nairobi-based Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE). The project will be managed by MSH out of Washington, D.C., with regional offices in Kenya, South Africa, and Togo.

  • The Management & Leadership Program, a five-year, $57 million agreement, will work to strengthen management systems and increase the leadership capacity of health professionals in developing countries. The MLD program will build capable, dynamic organizations and programs that deliver high quality, integrated services and increase the body of knowledge of management and leadership in the international health field. A key component of the MLD will be the development of checklists, tools, and multimedia resources to help organizations and individuals meet the health needs of women, men, and children. MLD program management will be based in Boston.

  • The Rational Pharmaceutical Management Plus Project, is a $37 million effort aimed at helping developing countries to improve their access to and appropriate use of drugs, vaccines, and contraceptives. Managed by MSH out of Washington, D.C., this program will work with up to 20 countries over the next five years, with a particular focus on improving the availability of drugs in the areas of maternal health, child survival, HIV-AIDS, and infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and malaria.