Dear members and friends of the Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health,
2019 has been a positive year for the Quality of Care Network. The Network countries - Bangladesh, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Uganda - under the leadership of their national governments and with the support of partners have further consolidated their quality of care structures and systems and are now focusing on implementation. Initial information from learning districts and facilities shows promising results. Network countries and partners reaffirmed their commitment to the Network's goals and targets during the second meeting of the Quality of Care Network in Addis Ababa while sharing and learning from each other’s progress and challenges. Throughout the year, many other countries have expressed their interest to join or to adapt the Networks’ path to implementation.
As we enter 2020, the Network will continue to work with countries and partners to improve quality of care in order to halve maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths and improve experience of care, and share the results. Through this work, the Network countries will serve as a learning lab to test new ideas to strengthen nursing and midwifery for quality of care, introduce new standards for small and sick newborns linked to the pediatric standards of care, foster community engagement, and engage the private sector in delivering quality care for MNH.
To support these efforts, the Network website will continue to share resources, know-how and best practices. A quality of care common indicator data platform and a quality improvement database will serve as two additional mechanisms to share lessons learnt in improving quality of care for MNCH.
We would like to express our appreciation to the countries and partners in the Network for their leadership, commitment and relentless work to advance the quality of care agenda for MNCH. We look forward to working with you in 2020 and sharing your successes and challenges in improving quality of care for MNCH.
Best wishes for the holiday season,
The Quality of Care Network Secretariat