Benefits for the Health Sector
The IMHL is an ongoing forum that addresses and advances issues of health care worldwide. Here are two stories that exemplify the benefits of the program for the health sector.
STORY 1 – THE PHILIPPINES
Samuel Cuarto is an ordained Catholic priest and member of the Order of the Ministers of the Infirm. He lives in the Philippines, where he devotes himself to working among rural and marginalized farmers and fishermen, Indigenous peoples, and the urban poor. Upon reading the books of Henry Mintzberg as part of a course on development management, Father Cuarto decided to enroll in the IMHL in 2009. Over the course of five modules, IMHL colleagues and faculty mentors guided him in his reflections on leadership and challenged his thinking through exchanges that continue to this day. Most of all, the IMHL has helped him to recognize and nurture the seeds of change, and respond appropriately to organizational challenges. He uses this learning in his ongoing struggle to achieve universal access to healthcare in the Philippines, and in the collaborations he develops between community health programs, sustainable agriculture, nutrition, education, and environmental stewardship.
STORY 2 – USA & KUWAIT
In the spring of 2006, Kathleen Ruddy, a breast surgeon, was accepted into the first class of the IMHL. Dr. Ruddy and her fellow IMHL candidate, Dr. Salman Al Sabah, a surgeon from Kuwait, joined forces to create the first International Breast Health Service at the Royal Hayat Hospital for Women in Kuwait City. The Kuwait Cancer Center, under the direction of the Ministry of Health, and with the guidance of Drs. Ruddy and Al Sabah, launched the country’s first integrated breast health centre. Later that year, Dr. Ruddy and two other IMHL candidates, Drs. William Mbabazi and Possy Mugyenyi, received a grant from the World Health Organization to provide mammogram screening for women in Uganda.
Just prior to completing the IMHL program in 2008, Dr. Ruddy created the Breast Health & Healing Foundation, whose mission is to work towards understanding the causes of breast cancer and to use that knowledge to prevent the disease worldwide.