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December 02, 2010

Ethiopia and the importance of family planning

John Donnelly

This is the eighth in a series of posts from the Ministerial Leadership Initiative's Learning Collaborative Forum in Ethiopia.

It’s a startling number: 5.4.

That’s the average number of children per woman in Ethiopia.

Yemeserach Belayneh, the country advisor in Ethiopia for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, told the MLI’s Learning Collaborative Forum today that Ethiopia has made great strides in the last decade in reproductive health issues, but still had a long ways to go. The Packard Foundation funds MLI reproductive health programs in Senegal, Mali, and Sierra Leone.

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December 02, 2010

Motivators: Nepal's Khadka Bahadur Basyal Sarki

John Donnelly

From MLI's Learning Collaborative Forum in Ethiopia, this is the first in a series of interviews with leaders in the MLI countries about what has motivated them in their work. Khadka Bahadur Basyal Sarki is Nepal’s State Minister in the Ministry of Health and Population.

 Q: What is your background?

 A: I am a member of the Dalit community in Nepal, who are members of the lowest caste, making up about one fourth of the population in the country. When I was younger, I served on the staff in a health facility, and what I found in the hospital was that the Dalits did not use the services much. They would go to traditional healers who have no scientific background, and so many people were dying unnecessarily from treatable diseases.

 My community is not only poor, but they have no land, they have no education at all, and no one was caring for them. They were very much backward, you cannot imagine how backward they were.

 Q: So what did you do?

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December 01, 2010

Ethiopia's new plan: 'It's going to really improve this place.'

John Donnelly

This is the seventh in a series of posts from the Ministerial Leadership Initiative for Global Health's Learning Collaborative Forum in Ethiopia.

In the back of a room at St. Paul’s Hospital Medical College in Addis Ababa, a young doctor stirred with the question.

Did Ethiopia’s new health management project, called the Balanced Scorecard, really change the way that doctors, nurses, and administrators went out about their work? Dr. Lina Mohammed, an emergency department specialist, raised her hand.

"Before the training course, you just came to work every day and then you left. You didn’t get to see the bigger picture," she said. "We weren’t working for a larger goal. We were just putting in the hours."

Ethiopia is in the beginning stages of instituting a new way of managing its health services, and a group from MLI’s Learning Collaborative Forum today visited St. Paul’s Hospital, which is making plans to be the first hospital in Addis Ababa to institute the Balanced Scorecard initiative.

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December 01, 2010

From Mali to Nepal: The trail of a negotiator

John Donnelly

This is the sixth in a series of posts from the Ministerial Leadership Initiative's Learning Collaborative Forum in Ethiopia.

From the moment he heard about the MLI-sponsored training sessions in Nepal to be a better negotiator, Dr. Salif Samake wanted to go. Samake, the director of planning and statistics for the Ministry of Health in Mali, got the go-ahead from MLI and earlier this year, he joined roughly 20 Nepali health officials for a session.

At the MLI Learning Collaborative Forum today in Addis Ababa, Samake said that health leaders in the room and around the world should also get the training.

Pour lire la version française, voir ci-dessous.

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December 01, 2010

Want to bargain? The Nepalis can help

John Donnelly

This is the fifth in a series of blog posts from the Ministerial Leadership Initiative for Global Health's Learning Collaborative Forum in Ethiopia.

The art of being a good negotiator is something many crave. For those in Health Ministries, good negotiators can earn better terms in health projects as well as millions of dollars beyond the initial offer, translating into better health care treatment for the population and lives saved.

A team of Nepali health officials told a MLI Learning Collaborative Forum today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that a series of training in negotiations has resulted in measurable differences.

The training "has already helped senior leaders in Nepal to be better negotiators for the people in Nepal," said Khadka Bahadur Basyal Sarki, State Minister of the Ministry of Health and Population.

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