Resource Spotlight: Policy Options for Strengthening Health Leadership and Management Capacity in Six Asian and Pacific Island Countries
Health systems need competent and effective managers and leaders to deliver services efficiently. For low and middle income countries confronting the multiple challenges of HIV/AIDS, high maternal and neonatal mortality, inequities in access to quality services, shortage and maldistribution of health personnel, effective management and leadership is particularly critical. WHO has identified weak leadership and management capacity as an impediment to scaling up priority interventions and attaining the health-related millennium development goals.
The policy options presented in this paper are based on a desk review of the current status of health leadership and management capacity in six Asia Pacific countries undertaken by the Human Resources for Health Knowledge Hub. The countries involved are Cambodia, Fiji, Lao PDR, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. Leadership and management capacity at the district level is the unit of analysis. Information from key in-country informants was incorporated in the analysis. [adapted from author]
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