Two Synensys executives who are internationally recognized for their expertise in healthcare systems strengthening were featured faculty members at a Central Asian healthcare training program that spanned two weeks in late July and early August. Stephen Powell, CEO of Synensys, and Asaad Mohamedtaha, the Synensys director of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, provided an international perspective on healthcare quality and patient safety.

The objective of the training program was to strengthen management skills and capacities of healthcare managers and leaders, so that they can improve the quality of service delivery, provide positive patient outcomes, and improve patient satisfaction. The program was developed by the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) as part of its Central Asia Health Systems Strengthening initiative and funded by the Canadian government. AKDN works in more than 30 countries around the world and employs approximately 80,000 people, most who are based in developing countries.

Approximately 42 health managers and leaders from healthcare organizations in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and the Kyrgyz Republic participated in the Health Facility Management Training Program. To attend, participants were required to have completed an assessment of management knowledge and skills to identify strengths and key gaps that could be addressed through the
training program.

“Healthcare quality and safer care are global concerns,” said Powell. “To be a part of this effort in which health leaders from widely different cultures gathered together to address universal goals was extraordinary. Executive by executive, hospital by hospital, community by community, we are positively impacting global health.”