Health Leadership and Governance Program (HLGP)

Health Leadership and Governance Program (HLGP)

Since 2008, ZFF has implemented leadership and governance capability building programs for health in various rural municipalities in the country. Assessment of ZFF’s initial cohort municipalities in 2012 showed decreases in maternal mortality using ZFF’s health change model, which regards leadership as key to equitable and effective local health systems towards better health outcomes.

In May 2013, the Department of Health signed up as partner for the implementation of HLGP, which is anchored on ZFF’s health change model. This will be implemented in the 609 municipalities and cities identified as priority by the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) to maximize impact and contribute to the achievement of the country’s Millennium Development Goals.

In October 2013, USAID entered into a three-year Global Development Alliance with the ZFF to implement its capability building programs in 121 local government units including the three cities under USAID’s Cities Development Initiative.

HLGP is composed of several leadership and governance capability building interventions for local chief executives and local health leaders. Under the project, ZFF will be implementing the following HLGP components:

Provincial Leadership and Governance Program (PLGP) will build the health leadership capacities of the Provincial governors and their provincial health officers to develop the provincial health system.
City Leadership and Governance Program (CLGP) is a strategic and focused health leadership and governance program to help city mayors and health officers address the challenges of rapid urbanization to health outcomes in urban areas.
Municipal Leadership and Governance Program (MLGP) is a leadership program for mayors and municipal health officers who are expected to improve their municipal health indicators and engage other local stakeholders.
Health Leaders for the Poor (HLP) will be implemented in municipalities in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, wherein the municipal health officer is expected to provide technical coaching to the Mayor.

To improve health outcomes in USAID areas of maternal and child health (MCH), family planning (FP) and tuberculosis (TB) by enhancing leadership and governance capabilities of local chief executives and local health officers.


  • Train local chief executives and local health officers on Bridging Leadership competencies
  • Improve local health systems to make them more responsive to the needs for MCH, FP and TB prevention and control
  • Increase community participation and health- seeking behavior in target areas through improved local health systems and local health leadership


Last updated: September 14, 2015

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