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Guinea: Strengthening the Capacities of Executives on Leadership and Health Management


A training and capacity building workshop for managers and health workers on leadership and management was organized by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with USAID. The train-the-trainer workshop held in Coyah will enable the participants to be equipped, in particular, with the definition of the vision, the alignment of the staff, and the accountability of the staff for their performance and, above all, development and implementation of action plans for project implementation.

This training is part of the establishment of an efficient and flexible service capable of providing quality health care, responding to epidemics such as the Ebola virus. This idea is supported by the US government through USAID.

To meet this challenge, the Ministry of Health is committed to strengthening the performance of the operational units of its department and developing a culture of leadership and management at all levels, says the Minister of Health.

The aims of the workshop include: identifying the specificities of each stage of the in-service training cycle, adapting the training style to the learners’ needs and expectations, following the trainer’s guide, respecting the experiential model for learning, but also to use experiential techniques such as role plays, case studies and subgroup work.

According to the experts, one of the obstacles to the creation of an effective health system is the lack of leadership and management to deliver better results during recent epidemics that have occurred in the country. That is why the HFG project, in collaboration with USAID, is committed to supporting the Guinean government in building the capacity of the country’s health services.

Participants argue that they have mastered the notions of leadership and management and say they are capable of delivering the best results at the end of the training.

At the end of the workshop, the participants recommended that local agents should be favored as trainers instead of foreign experts who are not familiar with local realities. This would make savings on training costs.

KadiatouThierno Diallo