Leadership and Governance for Health Security

Strong leadership and good governance practices are critical factors for epidemic preparedness and response and are the backbone of sustainable, responsive health systems. MSH has developed globally recognized approaches and tools to strengthen these capacities locally and to empower governing bodies to work quickly and decisively to mitigate and defeat health security threats. MSH cultivates ownership and accountability, supports improved stewardship of resources, and fosters organizational effectiveness and sustainability. Through our work in more than 40 countries, MSH has supported hands-on leadership development, strengthened networks and coalitions, and established transparent oversight and accountability mechanisms to support effective and coordinated action.

In Madagascar, under the USAID Mikolo project, MSH supported local participatory leadership development, strengthened community networks and coalitions, and established oversight and accountability mechanisms to support effective and coordinated emergency preparedness plans and cross-sectoral action when outbreaks happen.

In Cote D’Ivoire, MSH worked across government sectors—including regional and district health offices; hospitals; health centers; and the water, sanitation, agriculture, animal, and fishery sectors—to improve epidemic preparedness and build leadership, management, and governance practices under a One Health approach. Through its flagship Leadership Development Program, MSH increased cross-sectoral collaboration, supported the development of epidemic prevention and response plans, and improved surveillance systems.