The Quality of Care Network – lessons from the Network countries, 10 months on

Midwife Dagnoko Alima Dambele shows  Mariam Keita, how to breast feed her newborn child properly at the Badegna community health center in the town of Kita, Mali, in August 2010. © UNICEF/Asselin

The Quality of Care Network organized a workshop on 11-14 December, 2017, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for countries who are leading the Network to share what they have learned so far in implementing their quality of care strategies, discuss what and how to measure progress and pinpoint areas that require support.

Ten months after the Network’s launch, representatives from the first Network countries – Bangladesh, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda –  joined by Kenya and Sierra Leone, shared their progress  on introducing a national quality of care strategy in learning districts and facilities, establishing/strengthening quality of care management and response systems, and setting up systems to support the improvement of quality of care throughout – from sustaining clinical skills, to optimising the use of resources, to motivating staff and equipping health workers to deliver respectful care.

The meeting brought together experts form each country working on coordination, implementation and monitoring of quality of care activities, representatives from learning districts, and partners supporting these efforts, and resulted in practical recommendations to accelerate the implementation of quality improvement for maternal and newborn health in 2018.

See on the right the posters highlighting each country’s progress.

Webinar series on quality improvement for maternal and newborn health

As part of its learning activities, the Quality of Care Network is organizing a series of webinars on selected topics on quality of care improvement from a country perspective, as well as quality improvement implementation science. You can access all the webinars' materials - recording, Q&As and presentations - by clicking on the link next to the webinar's title. 

Please note that participation in these webinars requires registration. To be invited to register, please send an email to info@qualityofcarenetwork.org 

 

SERIES 3: Adapting and implementing quality of care standards for maternal and newborn health

The third series, starting in January 2018, will focus on how to adapt and implement quality of care standards for maternal and newborn health. See below the webinar schedule. Additional webinars may be scheduled and will be announced on the website.

January 2018, date/time TBC:  Adapt and adopt quality of care standards.  Speaker: Wilson Were, WHO

January 2018, time TBC:  Overview of different quality assessment approaches and tools, part 1Speaker: Maurice Bucagu, WHO

February 2018, time TBC: Adapting and implementing quality of care standards for maternal and newborn health: Overview of different quality assessment approaches and tools, part 2.  Speaker: Maurice Bucagu, WHO

February 2018, time TBC: Adapting and implementing quality of care standards for maternal and newborn health: Using the standards at the facility level to improve care. Speaker: Blerta Maliqi, WHO

PAST WEBINARS  SERIES

SERIES 2: Quality of Care Country Highlights

The second webinar series highlighted examples of quality improvement work undertaken in the nine countries that are leading the Quality of Care Network. Speakers will explain their experience of starting and implementing quality improvement projects, and give specific examples of results and challenges.

9 November 2017 at 1pm GMT, 2pm CET, 4pm EAT, 6:30 IST: Linking communities and facilities to improve maternal and newborn health - Lessons from the Expanded Quality Management Using Information Power in Uganda and Tanzania. Speaker: Peter Waiswa, Makere University School of Public Health, Uganda, and Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. Listen to the recording and see other materials here.

25 October 2017 at 8 am EST, 11am GMT, 2pm CEST, 3pm EAT and 5:30pm IST : Quality improvement that works: mentoring, supervision and involving the community Lessons from the Maternal and Neonatal Implementation for Equitable Systems project  Speaker: Dr Suzanne Kiwanuka Listen to the recording and access other materials

17 October 2017: Special collaboration: Global Learning Laboratory for Quality UHC – Quality of care for mothers, newborns and children:
A pathfinder for enhanced quality of service delivery . Listen to the recording and see other materials here.

5 October 2017:  Quality improvement for newborn health: from local solutions to a national network. The example of the National Quality of Care Network in India. Speaker: Dr Vikram Datta, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi Listen to the recording and access other materials 

 

SERIES 1: Point of care quality improvement for maternal and newborn health

The first webinar series spoke to capacity building for improving quality of care in health facilities, at the point of care. The second series, starting end of July, will focus on how to adapt and implement quality of care standards for maternal and newborn health.

20 July 2017: Approaches  to support quality improvement teams to use quality improvement techniques Listen to the recording and see other materials here

20 June 2017: Step 4: Sustaining improvement Listen to the recording and see other materials here

15 June 2017: Step 3: Developing, implementing and testing changes Listen to the recording and see other materials here.

17 May 2017: Step 2: Analysing the problem and measuring quality of care  Listen to the recording and see other materials here.

28 April 2017:  Step1: Identifying the problem, forming a team, writing an aim statement  Listen to the recording and see other materials here

29 March 2017: Point of care quality improvement for maternal and newborn health Listen to the recording and see other materials here.