10 Oct Voices from the Field: Axel Managure Reflects on LifeNet’s 10-10-10 Vision
My Name is Axel Managure and I have worked with LifeNet for more than five years in the country program in Burundi, where I serve as the Finance and Operations Manager. The organization today has developed significantly since I joined the staff five years ago. I have seen the Ministry of Health in Burundi grow in its appreciation for LifeNet’s work, ultimately validating and recognizing the LifeNet curriculum earlier this year. I have also seen health facilities in Burundi dramatically improve their care because of partnering with LifeNet.
We have always wanted to expand our work into other countries, and LifeNet’s 10-10-10 Vision of expanding into 10 countries and improving 10 million patient visits every year makes that desire practical and concrete. The 10-10-10 Vision is very ambitious and we are confident that all of us will grow together while we work toward that ambitious goal.
Through my work in Burundi, I have seen the impact that LifeNet will have when it expands into new countries and health facilities. Before LifeNet training, many of the health workers in our health center partners cared about their patients, but they did not have the right tools or up-to-date education to provide the best quality healthcare. I have seen health facilities improve their quality and save lives. Some facilities have reduced their average child mortality rate after completing just one module of LifeNet training. Providing compassionate care with respect for patients is another important aspect of LifeNet training. I have seen facilities implement new systems and practices to show compassion and care for their patients. I am excited to see these improvements spread to more countries and health facilities.
I have seen facilities implement new systems and practices to show compassion and care for their patients. I am excited to see these improvements spread to more countries and health facilities.
On the management side of things, I have seen our partners in Burundi improve their strategic resource management through our management training and increase their score in the state quality assessment program, which is directly connected to Performance-Based Financing and an increase in revenue for the facilities. We’ve also seen revenue increase as facilities learn how to serve their patients better and offer new services, including dental extractions. I have seen facilities receive access to quality medicines, which were inaccessible or difficult to find before partnering with LifeNet.
All of the improvements I have seen in Burundi can be replicated in other countries and health facilities. The LifeNet 10-10-10 Vision will bring high-quality medical care and management practices into the hands of health workers around the continent. As part of our 10-10-10 Vision, our work in Burundi will also grow and increase and I know this will be a learning opportunity for me and all of my colleagues!