LFH – Promoting world-wide leadership for health

Leadership for Health (LFH) believes that with effective leadership and a collaborative approach we can achieve a reduction of human suffering globally. Many major health issues in developing countries are both preventable and treatable and although resources are limited, effective leadership, education and governmental support can optimise health outcomes.

LFH further supports the call for a complete overhaul of the approach to women’s health issues is Africa. The women of Africa continuously endure an unduly large share of the worldwide burden of disease and death. If they hope to combat this, governments must direct their attention urgently on women’s health matters as only they can implement and mobilise those initiatives required to introduce the large scale changes required.

Inspiring global health initiatives

LFH looks to establish foundations of health care provision throughout the world that will achieve high quality deliverables on a wide range of health and care programmes. A collaborative approach is seen as being the most effective way of optimising the output from limited resources.

We view the impact of local leadership as being the catalyst of a ground upwards approach to what is required in local communities. Our strategy is based on the fundamental view that effective leadership is having the ability to communicate a vision in a way that inspires people to take action in order to achieve the vision in an organised and managed way.

Primary objectives

One area of focus is the integration of efforts to reduce suffering across Africa and effectively combat HIV-AIDS. This includes setting priorities for education, maternal health and prevention methods. African synergy associations are a prime example of effective collaborations in the organisation of HIV treatment clinics, maternal health programs and health education in schools.

Maternal health is a specific area of need as complications during pregnancy; childbirth and the postpartum period are one of the major causes of death amongst women of child-bearing age in developing countries. Statistics from the World Health Organisation (WHO) indicate that every year 358,000 women die during pregnancy and childbirth. Furthermore, African women of childbearing age are particularly vulnerable to a complex range of maternal health threats including; HIV/AIDS, sexual assault; inadequate maternal healthcare; sexually transmitted disease; and unsafe abortions, all which combine to produce some of the world’s highest female mortality rates.

The health of schoolgirls and teenagers in Africa is another particular issue we focus on as the health of girls in Africa is under threat from multiple areas. Firstly, many are denied education with statistics showing that there is a direct correlation between education and the health status of girls.

Furthermore female genital mutilation is forced on some 2M young girls in Africa and this often leads to severe infection and subsequent complications in childbirth. Physical and sexual violence against young women, particularly in conflict situations is another area of concern as HIV/AIDS accounts for approximately a third of deaths amongst young women in particular age groups.

The western world

We particularly like the work undertaken by Cerebral Palsy Africa (CPA) a charity which provides training and additional resource support to organisations that are already helping children with cerebral palsy in Africa.

This includes a range of health care initiatives such as therapy and rehabilitation programs and specialist injury clinics.

An important part of what they do involves a collaborative approach with the private sector, public charity and educational institutions and enables trained physiotherapists to be utilised to both provide specialist treatment and also to train local care workers in how to provide physiotherapy services to children with cerebral palsy.

The professional care providers at Health Matters Glasgow fully understand the need for these vital services and are keen to highlight and promote these important initiatives and programs. Improving the health and wellbeing of children with health problems in general but cerebral palsy in particular with its debilitating effects is a worthy goal.

Health care initiatives extend across the world including the UK and cover a variety of types including charity funded along with private and mainstream commercial organisations. This inclusive approach for the private and commercial sectors opens up interesting new perspectives for additional resource and funding options.

Moving towards a more holistic approach to health and wellbeing in general adds to the scope and reach of our initiatives and provides increased opportunities for further growth of our development programmes.

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Malaria: deadly but preventable

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Cerebral Palsy Africa (CPA) are a charitable organisation who provide support in a wide variety of ways for the benefit of children with cerebral palsy in Africa. Their program of delivering specialist physiotherapist services provides effective benefits and improvements to the lives of children with this condition.

The question of funding

Funding and financial aid comes in a variety of formats from a wide range of organisations and much of which is external to the countries receiving it. The funding for the many projects and initiatives that deliver the improvements in healthcare, in developing countries and across the world, is provided broadly from three main sources; Government aid, charities and contributions from the private sector.

Optimising funding effectiveness
The amount of funding available is always limited and so the objective is to maximise the funding that can be secured and to maximise the beneficial value of every unit of funding. A collaborative approach is now recognised as the most efficient and effective way to achieve these objectives.

The coordination of resource, logistics, knowledge and expertise along with the elimination of duplication and unnecessary overhead structure is the preferred model for an increasing number of organisations.

Private sector contribution
The private sector has much to contribute in terms of organisational expertise, strategic planning as well as hard cash. A recent example includes a $3.1million program from Exxon Mobil to fund a two year commitment in Papua New Guinea, focussed on improving maternal health and reducing the high rates of child mortality experienced. The long term goal of this initiative is to improve the general health of generations to come.

Allocating resource and finance
Recent reports have highlighted that this is the area where most benefit can be realised in terms of maximising impact but is probably the most difficult to achieve. The difficulties involve the multitude of organisations involved in raising and allocating funding and the diverse strategies and requirements of those funds. There are many vested interests and the question of where best to allocate is always a difficult one.

The dilemma between funding projects at home or abroad is ever present and a topical example of this is the current debate in America over a fairer system of access to medical care for all. Recent studies have highlighted the plight of low income groups in America who have little or no access to medical care and have to rely on charity or are forced to go into debt to pay for it. However these financial difficulties are not restricted to lower income groups as recent studies have shown substantial increases in the number of middle class American homeowners having to enter into debt management plans and even having to declare themselves bankrupt in order to resolve their financial problems.

A report published in the American Journal of Medicine showed the extent of the financial difficulties highlighting that for over sixty percent of Americans who went into bankruptcy the main reason was being unable to afford medical bills. Consequential debt problems because of a lack of access to health care are now a serious problem in America and it is hoped that proposed legislative changes will resolve the situation.

Collaboration works
Senior managers and executives across many of the organisations involved in funding and improving health care provision around the world agree on the benefits of more structured associations, joint ventures and improved collaboration. This is now being set as a strategic objective in these organisations and many new ventures are emerging under a more collaborative approach.