A Message from the Chairman of the Board of Directors

MSH Chairman of the Board of Directors Larry Fish (Photo provided by Larry Fish)

MSH Chairman of the Board of Directors Larry Fish (Photo provided by Larry Fish)

Greetings,

Let me begin by saying how grateful I am for the warm reception I have received from the MSH family. I especially want to thank our President and CEO, Jonathan Quick, and my predecessor, Jim Stone. They have provided invaluable support and encouragement to me in my new role.

During this first year as Chairman, I have been listening and learning about our work. I am enormously impressed by the quality of the staff, the programs they develop and manage, and the results they have achieved. I feel very fortunate to be part of such an exceptional team.

I have already gone on two trips with MSH: one to Nigeria and the other to Madagascar and South Africa with eight other Board members. I learned that MSH is very good at what it does and that what MSH does is very hard. I went to the field and experienced profound poverty. The people in these countries have little access to health education or services. The lack of infrastructure poses formidable challenges; it is not easy to get medicines and supplies to these remote areas. But yet, MSH projects have made substantial advances: improving logistics, managing delivery and inventory of medications, developing leadership and creating institutional capacity, and improving local health services. I am so proud that our work is saving lives, building health systems in very poor parts of the world, and providing services to those in greatest need.

I am a strong believer in MSH’s opportunity to grow and diversify sources of funding to support our mission, while at the same time enhancing our relationships with long-standing supporters, such as USAID. I envision extending our reach to more bilateral and multilateral foundations and public-private partnerships, and I intend to apply my business background and work with MSH leadership to make progress toward this goal.

In closing, I want to take this opportunity to thank the many friends of MSH—the Board of Directors for their active and wonderful support, the organizations that fund our work, our host governments, our individual donors, and especially all MSHers who make our important work possible.

Very best regards,

 

Larry Fish
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Former Chairman and CEO, Citizens Financial Group, Inc.