Since 2006, the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute (GHLI) has partnered with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) to strengthen leadership and quality of care across Ethiopian hospitals and the primary health care system.
Through the Ethiopian Hospital Management Initiative (EHMI), GHLI, along with the Clinton Health Access Initiative and the FMOH, has created key management tools and processes in the national Ethiopian Hospital Reform Implementation Guideline, which serves as the backbone of hospital evaluation and reform in the country. Through EHMI, Yale led the design and implementation of the first Masters of Hospital and Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree program in Africa. Since the MHA launch in 2008, more than 120 health care professionals among four universities have been trained, resulting in significant hospital changes, including: reduced delays in outpatient care, decreased rates of post-surgical infection, and increased adherence to infection prevention standards.
GHLI also supports the Ethiopian Hospital Alliance for Quality (EHAQ), the continent’s first national quality improvement collaboration to allow hospitals to share best practices. A successful EHAQ focus on patient satisfaction motivated an upcoming focus on maternal and neonatal mortality GHLI continues to assist the FMOH in a variety of hospital quality improvement efforts, including tools to foster guideline adherence in labor and delivery, implementation of the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist, and efforts to improve hospital governing board performance.
Supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, GHLI partners with the FMOH, Harvard School of Public Health, and John Snow International in Developing the Long-Term Capability of Ethiopia’s Health Extension Program Platform. Known as HEPCAPs, the project facilitates the development of a long-term strategy to improve primary health care in Ethiopia by identifying and refining strategies to ensure long-term sustainability and quality across the primary healthcare unit.
Through USAID’s Leadership, Management, and Governance (LMG) Project and in partnership with Management Sciences for Health, GHLI delivers a Senior Leadership Program (SLP), which has engaged more than 50 individuals in leadership roles in the FMOH and Regional Health Bureaus. The executive certificate program strengthens individual and group leadership capacities to address health system challenges with evidence-based strategies, effective management, and accountable governance.