The Lancet Commission on High Quality Health Systems in the SDG Era (HQSS Commission) held its first meeting in Boston on March 13 – 15, 2017. The Commission brings together 30 commissioners from 18 countries, with expertise in academia, government, non-government organizations, and community organizations with the aim to:
- Define health system quality
- Describe quality of care for sentinel SDG conditions in LMICs and its distribution
- Propose tractable measures of quality
- Identify structural approaches to improve quality
The Commission will provide important inputs for the Network on Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health that WHO in collaboration with governments from 9 countries, UN partners and a host of relevant stakeholders launched in Malawi, 14 – 16 February 2017, with the aim to realize ambitious targets for reducing maternal and newborn mortality and stillbirths defined in the Every Woman Every Child Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health
The HQSS Commission is chaired by Margaret Kruk, Professor of Global Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Muhammad A. Pate, former Minister of Health of Nigeria and Chief Executive Officer of Big Win Philanthrophy, United Kingdom.
The work of the Commission will culminate in a 20,000-word peer reviewed paper that will be published in Lancet Global Health in October 2018, and launched at the Fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research hosted by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, from 7 – 12 October 2018.
Read more on the HQSS Commission on www.HQSSCommission.org or follow @HQSSCommission
(Photo: A woman cradles her sleeping newborn baby in the maternity ward at the general hospital in Bafatá Region, Guinea-Bissau in December 2012. ©UNICEF/LeMoyne)