MDI participants have come from sub-Saharan Africa, from South Africa to Somalia and from Ethiopia to Cameroon. The types of organizations have also varied, including non-governmental organizations, faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, educational institutions, hospitals, government agencies, and health systems. The participants have held a wide range of management positions including executive director, managing director, project manager, director of operations, finance director, chief medical officer, medical superintendent, and chief nurse. The MDI thus enhances management capacity at a wide range of health care organizations across Africa.
Nearly 600 participants from 22 African countries have graduated from this program. Up until 2010, the MDI was focused solely on HIV/AIDS . In 2011 the program’s new focus was expanded to health systems, generally, and now invites participation of those involved in implementing national health priorities in the areas of communicable diseases – of which HIV/AIDS is one – and chronic diseases, as well. Dedicated to enhancing not only HIV/AIDS prevention, support, treatment and care, these leaders have shown tremendous creativity and innovation in developing CHIPs that meet the needs of their communities.
The success of MDI is reflected in the implementation of the participants’ CHIPs upon return to their organizations. To demonstrate the wide range of CHIPs that have been implemented throughout sub-Saharan Africa as a result of the MDI, we share the following success stories.