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Management Development Training Essential For Public Health Program Success

Noting the New Funding Model of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria — including formula-based funding and incentive funding — Stephen Rabimov, who leads business development at the International Management Development Program (IMDP) in New York, a training program of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), writes in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog about the IMDP, which “aims to increase capacity to efficiently deliver interventions, retain a responsive and knowledgeable workforce, and offer effective leadership and governance across programs and beyond — all in limited-resource settings.”

He describes lessons learned from the program’s decade of operations, writing, “The more training and education public health program managers receive the greater use of the new knowledge and skills application will be, leading to better performing programs.” Rabimov concludes, “As countries prepare for the next round of GFATM funding by developing and strengthening their national strategic plans, the inclusion of management development training in the countries’ Global Fund proposals remains an important human resources component and a strategic health systems investment” (8/20).