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.



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Independent Survey Demonstrates Enduring Program Impact

Felix Numbi DRC

An independent survey of the 40 health ministers who have participated in the MLIH Program since 2012 found strong enduring impact on ministers’ leadership competence and confidence.  Most ministers noted Read More…

Health Leader Interview with Dame Tessa Jowell and the Hon. Dr. Crispus Kiyonga

Tessa and Crispus Video

Dame Tessa Jowell is a Member of Parliament and former Public Health Minister and Secretary of State for Culture and the Olympics for the United Kingdom. The Honorable Dr. Crispus Read More…

For good policy, forget party


The 2014 Ministerial Health Leaders’ Forum took place June 1 – 5 at the American Academy of Arts and Science in Cambridge, MA. The Forum convened Health Ministers from 11 Read More…