WHO-South East Asia Regional Office along with partners have released the third version of a quality improvement model called POCQI - Point of Care Quality Improvement. POCQI is a simplified 4 step model to enable and empower health workers teams to use their local data to identify quality gaps (problems or issues), undertake root-cause analysis in their own context, and identify and implement a solution to address the identified quality problem. PDSA cycles are used to test the ideas using local data.
POCQI training package version 01, launched in 2017, included a case study on at-birth care for mothers and babies in the labour room to train teams of doctors and midwives. Version 02 included an additional case study on sick newborn care in the setting of a newborn unit. The new version 3 adds to that a case study on pediatric care in the setting of a pediatric ward.
The POCQI model has been implemented widely in India and other South-East Asian countries, and has been introduced in African countries, China and Uzbekistan.