Over 400 delegates from more than 15 countries, including all three AMP Health countries, gathered in Johannesburg in late March for the Institutionalizing Community Health Conference (ICHC) hosted by USAID and UNICEF in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Focused on promoting collective dialogue and advancing action on community health, ICHC brought together individuals from across sectors to share experiences and expertise.
AMP Health led a session on public-private partnerships for strategy, leadership, and management in community health. The Malawi team opened with a panel discussion centered on how AMP Health’s work on leadership and management development – including trust building, effective communication, prioritization and planning, and partnership-building – has enabled them to more effectively lead a broad range of stakeholders through an inclusive process for developing a national community health strategy.
The Sierra Leone and Kenya teams offered a deep dive into how AMP Health supported them specifically in building partnerships with private sector actors.
- The Sierra Leone team highlighted their innovative partnership with Ecobank, a pan-African banking conglomerate. Ecobank will provide financial management training to community health workers, many of whom will receive a salary for the first time. They will also support development of leadership and management skills of Ministry of Health and Sanitation community health team members by allowing them to shadow Ecobank managers
- The Kenya team worked with Novartis, a global pharmaceutical company, and UNICEF to fund the pilot phase of a new community health extension worker (CHEW) curriculum that will be used to train 1,000 CHEWs in 2017. This training for 70 CHEWs is underway and on track for deployment at Kenya Medical Training College campuses across the country later this year
AMP Health country teams were also featured on a variety of other panels on topics including national strategy development, costing health systems, improving resilience in fragile contexts, and best practices in health information systems. We received very positive feedback from conference participants about how all of these sessions inspired new ideas for their own community health systems. We are proud of the work the AMP Health teams are doing and are grateful to be working alongside them.
Read AMP Health's ICHC blog on the Huffington Post about the important role strong government leadership and management play in building sustainable community health systems.