New Cohort of “Follow-Up Countries” Starts Work

A key component of the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program is the so-called In-country Follow-up Phase. Each year a small number of the health and finance ministers participating in the Harvard-based part of the Ministerial Program is invited to mandate a delivery team of top health and finance ministry officials to develop and lead implementation of a comprehensive health sector strengthening initiative. Michael Sinclair, Executive Director of the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program says the follow-up phase helps institutionalize the ideas and approaches ministers are exposed to during their time at Harvard. Specifically, Sinclair says, the fundamental driver of budget effectiveness and efficiency in realizing better value from government investment in health and for achieving improvements in health service delivery and outcomes.

New 2016 teams from Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Liberia and Mozambique met in Johannesburg, South Africa in early November for an initial introduction and orientation to the intensive planning and implementation strategy development process the Harvard team will guide them through over the next 18-24 months. The goal, Dr. Sinclair says, is to achieve measurable impact in the more effective use of government health budgets and demonstrable improvements in service delivery efficiency and standards. Twelve African countries are currently involved in the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program In-Country Follow-up Phase. For more information, go to