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In 2014 the World Health Organization developed a new integrated tool to assess the quality of care, designed to help the Ministry of Health (MoH), key stakeholders and partners in maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) to carry out comprehensive assessments at facility level.

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Women’s childbirth experience can have immediate as well as long-term positive or negative effects on their life, well-being and health. When evaluating and drawing conclusions from research results, women’s experiences of childbirth should be one aspect to consider.

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WHO-SEARO in partnership with WHOCC AIIMS, UNICEF, UNFPA and USAID has prepared a training package for building capacity of healthcare teams in health facilities for continous quality improvement of maternal and newborn healthcare. The focus is on the care of mothers and newborns at the time of child birth since a large proportion of maternal deaths, newborn deaths and stillbirths happen around that time.
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This first Quality of Care Network webinar in a series on point of care quality improvement sought to explore what Quality Improvement (QI) is and how health care workers can start and establish Quality improvement at health facility level. The mainspeaker, Nigel Livesley, highlighted the organizational changes that are required, the concept of how teams can use problem solving processes and techniques in order to demonstrate and sustain improvement.

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The ATLAS Database, created in Microsoft Access 2010, provides a step-by-step questionnaire used for data-gathering. Data from the questionnaire is presented in reports, which can be analyzed for laboratory decisionmaking. The ATLAS is a diagnostic and monitoring tool to assess laboratory services and logistics and can be used as a baseline survey to complete an annual assessment or as an integral part of the work planning process.

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The OneHealth Tool is a model to be used for supporting national strategic health planning in low- and middle-income countries. The tool facilitates an assessment of resource needs associated with key strategic activities and their associated costs, with a focus on integrated planning and strengthening health systems.