Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is a nonprofit international health organization composed of more than 2,000 people from 73 nations. Our mission is to save lives and improve the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Together with our partners, we are helping managers and leaders in developing countries to create stronger management systems that improve health services for the greatest health impact.
MSH takes an integrated approach to building high-impact sustainable programs that address critical challenges in leadership, health systems management, health service delivery, human resources, and medicines. Wherever our partnerships succeed, the positive impact of good health has a ripple effect, contributing to the building of healthy nations.
MSH works collaboratively with health care policymakers, managers, providers, and the private sector to increase the efficacy, efficiency, and sustainability of health services by improving management systems, promoting access to services, and influencing public policy.
MSH was founded in 1971 by Dr. Ronald O’Connor, who was deeply inspired by the example of Dr. Noboru Iwamura, a Japanese physician with whom Dr. O’Connor---then a young medical student---worked in Nepal.
As a young man, Dr. Iwamura was dug out of the rubble of a concrete building less than a mile from ground zero of the Hiroshima bombing; he was the only survivor of his high-school class. After several years’ recovery from the effects of radiation, Dr. Iwamura completed his medical training and committed himself to making a contribution to peaceful development in Asia. He began to focus on health issues in less-advantaged countries, leading him to Nepal in 1962. Dr. Iwamura’s work was rooted in principles of mutual respect, community participation, and the best of public health service. His example continues to inspire MSH efforts throughout the world.