Where We Work



Spark Health's transformational leadership model has been introduced and adapted to the local context to address key service delivery gaps in several countries, such as Lesotho, South Africa (Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal Provinces), and Malawi (Central and Southern Regions), Kenya and Zimbabwe.

In these countries, the government's primary goal has been to strengthen the health system in order to accelerate the elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV (eMTCT) and reduce maternal and infant mortality, and also to achieve support Ministries of Health with their 90-90-90 goals.

Toward that end, Spark Health's partnerships have resulted in measurable increases in early antenatal care by pregnant women, significant reductions in stock-outs of medicines and supplies, improved coordination of district health team and NGO partner activities, and increased ownership and accountability by teams of the quality of health services provided to the community.

  Lesotho South Africa Malawi
Timing 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15
Geographic Coverage Full Country Eastern Cape Central Region
Key Partners Ministry of Health
Dept of Health
Local NGOs
Ministry of Health
Local NGOs
Programme Duration * 52 weeks 52 weeks 104 weeks
# of Teams 10 district teams
1 national team
8 district teams
3 provincial teams
9 district teams
2 zonal teams
# Programme Participants
79 123 67
# Integrated Team Members
60 56 123

* Not including planning phase


Our core program is based on the principles of transformational leadership, as shown below. The key modules that we cover are aimed at equipping participants with skills relevant to the four main areas of transformational leadership.


In addition to our core programmes, Spark Health also partners with Ministries of Health on health system strengthening initiatives that leverage work with current partners, amplify efforts already underway and could benefit from Spark Health's theory of change. These initiatives are often shorter in duration than our core programmes, rely even more heavily on key NGO partner relationships to ensure alignment with existing government activities. In the context of our mission, strategic initiatives create opportunities for:

  • Catalysing a new way of thinking with MOH and their in-country partners through the application of Spark Health's model and approaches.
  • Forming strategic partnerships and relationships that leverage complementary strengths and contribute to the global community.

Currently, Spark Health is partnering with the Nigerian Health Strategy and Delivery Foundation, formerly Saving One Million Lives (SOML) and "Born Free Africa" to improve service delivery, strengthen the health system, and accelerate the elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV (eMTCT) in key States in accordance with the Nigerian Ministry of Health Development Goals.

Spark Health has worked in collaboration with other key partners supporting national efforts to accelerate the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV such as: m2m (Malawi), EGPAF (Malawi & Lesotho), USAID (Lesotho), other PEPFAR funded partners (Eastern Cape, South Africa), and Born Free (Kenya).

All partnerships are driven by the leadership and vision of the National and Federal Ministries of Health to achieve their national eMTCT, health, and  development goals.




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