Political leadership is crucial to improving national health and well-being. Health is a cornerstone of economic progress, sustainable development, democratic governance and global security. Many countries are embarking on efforts to provide universal access to health care, increase the efficiency and quality of public health services, and improve health outcomes particularly for women and children.

Even for seasoned leaders the greatest challenges can be securing sustainable financing; investing in infrastructure, equipment and human resources; and streamlining management systems needed for improving efficiency, standards of care and outcomes in public health services.

Securing the political commitment necessary for increasing domestic investment in health and achieving better health outcomes depends mainly on the leadership of the health minister together with the finance minister. Improving a nation’s health is just as crucial to the finance minister’s concern for jobs, development and economic growth as the health minister’s focus on national health indicators.

The Ministerial Leadership in Health Program provides the time and expertise for ministers to explore opportunities for an enduring impact on health sector strengthening and improved national well-being.



Health Ministers 

Finance Ministers 

Former HHS Secretary Donna Shalala Challenges Health Ministers to set Ambitious Goals


Addressing serving health ministers, as well as current and former cabinet-level officials from around the world, former Secretary for Health and Human Services, Donna Shalala, leading a discussion on bridging Read More…

Harvard Health Leaders Gather In Geneva For Annual Reunion


The tragic Ebola epidemic in West Africa concentrated attention on the need to build resilient health systems capable of responding to unanticipated demands. What exactly that entails was the subject Read More…

MLIH Alumni Achieve High Office


The newly elected President of Sri Lanka, Maithripala Sirisena, is a member of the 2013 cohort of health ministers participating in the MILH Program. He served as health minister from Read More…

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