Richard Horton recently acknowledged in The Lancet a distressing awareness gap between global health leaders and those on the front lines engaged with the nuts and bolts of health delivery. Health delivery challenges can largely fall in four main categories: management, resource shortages, systems/policy, and clinical/technical.
In this Expert Panel, we asked global health professionals to focus on this first category of delivery challenges: management. Over 130 members of the GHDonline community, representing academics, clinicians, program managers, government employees, and specialists from 75 different countries, shared their expertise in five areas related to management: the importance of management, what management duties entail, the skills or capacities managers need, external influences on management, and potential interventions to address management challenges. Their responses were shared with over 10,000 members of the GHDonline community and thousands more who followed the discussion on the web.