July 29, 2013

Lean Healthcare in Tanzania

Joining me for episode #182 are Michael Grogan and Dr. Brenda Dmello, joining me via Skype from Tanzania where they are working together to use Lean to improve health care at the Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT). Michael is Irish born and left his career in the United States to work in Africa (which you can read about in his guest post that I published earlier this month - see link at www.leanblog.org/182 ). In the episode, we talk about their mission to reduce maternal death rates and "needless suffering" by creating "engaging, problem solving managers" as "everything rises and falls with leadership." They are developing leaders who can "stop blaming" and treat people with respect, eliminating the "culture of fear" that we see in far too many organizations around the world. Dr. Brenda says, "I don't think it's ethical to allow change to happen so slowly" and that "clinical skills alone" won't solve healthcare's problems. For a link to this episode, refer people to www.leanblog.org/182.  Please leave a comment and join the discussion about the podcast episode. For earlier episodes of the Lean Blog Podcast, visit the main Podcast page at www.leanpodcast.org, which includes information on how to subscribe via RSS or via Apple iTunes. You can also listen to streaming episodes of the podcast via Stitcher: http://landing.stitcher.com/?vurl=leanblog If you have feedback on the podcast, or any questions for me or my guests, you can email me at leanpodcast@gmail.com or you can call and leave a voicemail by calling the "Lean Line" at (817) 776-LEAN (817-776-5326) or contact me via Skype id "mgraban". Please give your location and your first name. Any comments (email or voicemail) might be used in follow ups to the podcast.

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