Asiya Abdu, 22, is examined by a health worker in the Worer Health Centre, in Amibara District, Afar Region, Ethiopia, in November 2009. ©UNICEF/Holt
In St Peter hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a quality improvement team looked at ways to reduce neonatal deaths. The team is made of eight people – nurses, midwives, physicians, clinical pharmacists, public health specialists, who work full time at improving quality of care at the hospital. found that reducing the time between the decision to perform a C-section and the incision would save newborn lives, as well as have positive outcomes for their mothers.
Yakob Seman, CEO of St Peter hospital tells us how the quality improvement team went about reducing that critical time before C section for women in labour, and what impact it had on mothers, their newborns and the hospital staff. Listen to the story