In October 2018, the Aspen Global Innovators Group welcomed Robert Newman as Director of AMP Health. Robert joins the AMP Health team with deep experience in global health as a pediatrician, researcher, and program implementer. He has worked extensively in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe on malaria, HIV, tuberculosis, immunizations, health systems development, maternal-child health, and health security.
On September 20, 2018, AMP Health hosted a special conversation and reception at the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC on the power of public-private partnerships to strengthen health systems globally.
On June 22, 2018, AMP Health Management Partner, Kiribakka Tendo, was featured on a panel discussion on "Community Health Workers: The Line of First Defense" as part of the Aspen IDEAS Spotlight Health conference in Aspen, Colorado. He was joined by friends of AMP Health, Raj Panjabi, CEO, Last Mile Health and Josh Nesbit, Co-Founder and CEO, Medic Mobile for an important and fascinating conversation, moderated by Katie Drasser, Managing Director, Aspen Global Innovators Group.
The Aspen Management Partnership for Health, or AMP Health, works with Ministries of Health in sub-Saharan Africa to scale up national networks of community health workers—lay people who have been trained to deliver the basic life-saving services Conteh describes—in an effort to reach the hundreds of millions of rural people around the world with little or no access to modern health care. Read more about AMP Health’s work in Sierra Leone from Aspen IDEAS Magazine.
The Aspen Management Partnership for Health (AMP Health) will launch partnerships with two program areas within the Zambia Ministry of Health (MoH), including embedding a Management Partner (MP), in both the Community Health and Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) teams in 2018.
The Pfizer partnership will allow AMP Health to build on its work in Kenya, Malawi, and Sierra Leone strengthening the leadership and management capacity necessary to develop and implement systems of tens of thousands of CHWs and expand its work to new countries, including Zambia and Ghana.
AMP Health’s support catalyzed the Malawi Federal Ministry of Health’s creation of the country’s first ever National Community Health Strategy (NCHS). To guide the myriad community health activities necessary in the face of decentralization, resource constraints, increased focus on community-level prevention and promotion, and quality of community health services, the FMoH recognized the need to develop a costed, actionable National Community Health Strategy – a strategy akin to those developed in the private sector.