This month, Nyaya’s partner organization Partners In Health (PIH) released their Program Management Guide. This guide is a manual put together through the enormous work effort of their staff across the globe; it “offers a structured approach to starting a program, revamping an existing one, or expanding a site based on PIH’s experiences in the field.”
PIH is a pioneer in the field of global health delivery, and over the last 25 years has developed programs in a dozen countries and established many of the best practices of the global health field today. The Guide, which has 14 sections and is over 450 pages long, discusses in detail many of the fundamental questions and challenges faced by new and growing global health organizations. It begins with discussions—from legal, logistical, and financial perspectives—of how to form an organization, and explores challenges in areas including supply chain management, human resources, and staff training. The Guide then ends with an excellent discussion of the role and value of advocacy work in our field.
The Program Management Guide will serve as an excellent foundation for a new generation of global health organizations, offering PIH’s collective wisdom from 12 countries and two decades of work to those of us who are just growing our programs. Nyaya is grateful to PIH for this contribution to the field and we encourage our readers to use it in their own work.
Ryan Schwarz, MD, MBA, is the Vice President of US Operations for Nyaya Health. He is currently a resident in the Harvard Brigham and Women’s/Children’s Hospital Medicine-Pediatrics Residency program.