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First MBA in health management started with 40 hospital directors

The first edition of the MBA in health management, which was launched last Friday, January 27th, started at the BAI Academy with the participation of 40 hospital directors, assigned to the Ministry of Health and clinics in the country.


The said MBA, according to the BAI Academy, concerns a partnership between the academy and the Agostinho Neto University (UAN) and the Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine of the New University of Lisbon (IHMT) and aims to provide professionals with comprehensive skills in the area management.

According to Angop, the training – valued at 100 million kwanzas, of which 2,500,000 kwanzas for each participant – will last almost a year (10 months) and will have the participation of Portuguese teachers.

The Minister of Health, Sílvia Lutucuta, who was speaking at the opening ceremony of the first edition of the MBA in health management, said that the Government "has as a sectoral priority, for the five-year period 2022-2027, the training of staff at all levels and in all careers, short and long term".

"Given its relevance, I consider the 1st Edition of the Health Management MBA to be crucial for promoting the training of leaders and managers of health units and health services at a local level and, consequently, I am convinced that it will produce results that will contribute to a comprehensive reform of the strategy of good management of health resources and their correct assessment in decision-making, using tools to carry out the tasks that are inherent to them, thus impacting the health status of our population and the economy of the country country," said the minister.

In this way, Sílvia Lutucuta stressed that this "investment in management training will be directly reflected in the improvement of the provision of differentiated and humanized health care to the population, at all levels of assistance, in all places and at all times, as well as the parsimonious management of human, financial and material resources with a view to raising the level of efficiency and confidence of users of the National Health System".

In her speech, the minister also made reference to the "enormous investment" made in infrastructures in the National Health Service, which allowed to increase "the resolving capacity in the three levels of attention to respond to the health needs of the populations, from primary care to the most specialized and complex interventions".

She also mentioned the construction of health units, which made it possible to increase the number of hospital beds, as well as the placement of 33,093 new professionals in public services "in special careers and in the general regime, which corresponds to an increase of 35 percent of the total workforce in the health sector".

Thus, she added, "health is everyone's concern, reason enough for good health management to be seen as crucial".

"In this first edition, only 30 professionals were selected, the majority with Management and Leadership positions and Strategic Areas of the Ministry, aiming at the continuous improvement of our management capacity at central level", she said.

"We are already working with the BAI Academy, in the sense that, in the short term, we start a second edition that covers the provincial level. The programmatic contents of this training are aligned with the training needs of the sector and will surely be the pillar of the transformation of management in our sector", added the minister.

Sílvia Lutucuta also left a recommendation to the trainees: "I couldn't fail to make a special recommendation to our trainees, take advantage of this opportunity, learn all the knowledge, be participative and ensure attendance because your health units and departments need your complementary knowledge with this formation".

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