International Course in Hospital Management for Capacity Building of Health Managers
May 20, 2014
The Department of Community Health Sciences, Aga Khan University (AKU), conducted a Hospital Management Course for capacity building of countries in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and international experts, from May 12-20, 2014.
According to Dr Fauziah Rabbani, Course Director; and Professor and Chair of the Department of Community Health Sciences at AKU, the rationale of the initiative was to address challenges associated with operating environments of hospitals in the EMR countries through capacity building of hospital managers to improve hospital performance, thus strengthening health systems and maximizing health benefits to the population.
Sixteen (16) senior health care managers from Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen participated in the eight-day initiative to increase their knowledge and skills and to develop recommendations to strengthen hospital management in their respective countries.
WHO has carried out a number of studies to assess aspects of health system organization and management, service delivery and community involvement, shared Dr Mounir Farag, a Regional Advisor, WHO EMRO. The course incorporated the results of many of these studies to design the Regional Hospital Strategy and to establish appropriate reforms that address gaps in national hospital performance.
The course addressed six areas related to hospital management including: governance, human resource management, financial management, service quality and patient safety, information systems, and emergency preparedness and management.