The neglect of health governance in Africa

By Jon Spaull

[Republished under a Creative Commons license from SciDev.Net.]

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52e29cb4ec8d834898000068The importance of effective leadership in health services provision has been neglected for too long by many African countries, says Jemal Mohammed, country director for the Leadership, Management and Governance Project in Ethiopia. In this interview, he talks about the project’s work in strengthening governance in the Ethiopian health system, the importance of effective management across Africa and why the ongoing Ebola epidemic can be seen as a failure of governance and leadership.

Mohammed was interviewed while in the United Kingdom attending the Governance for Development in Africa course run by the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

 

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