Action not acronyms!: Prioritise integrated, contextually appropriate quality improvement tools with the health workers in focus

In much of Sub Saharan Africa, maternal and newborn care is provided by frontline staff in rural health facilities, characterized by a lack of resources and limited senior support. A plethora of well-intended Quality Improvement (QI) projects, often overlapping in scope but with distinct methodologies, may overwhelm and confuse rather...

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Safer Births Project – Haydom, Tanzania

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgfkXEetyJw A film about the Safer Births Project implemented at Haydom Lutheran Hospital in Tanzania from 2013-2018. The project brought new research and tools to help improve newborn care through innovative training solutions and therapy products. Learn more: www.saferbirths.com Original post 

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How can we improve the care of small and sick newborns in low- and middle-income countries?: A summary of a global discussion on CHIFA: Part 2

A recent study on the measurement of service readiness for providing inpatient care of small and sick newborns puts the spotlight on improving monitoring systems, quality of care and investments in health systems scale-up to end preventable newborn death and disability, as discussed in Part 2 in a series of...

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Tackling Tanzania’s Premature Infant Mortality

The following typical anecdote served as the urgent impetus to develop a strategy to reduce premature infant mortality in Tanzania, a low resource country. Rounding in a newborn intensive care area where babies are not routinely monitored (see Picture 1), the care team came upon a 30 week premature infant...

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Acting on the Call: Everyone Needs to Play Their Part Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths within a Generation

Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths within a Generation This article was originally published on the Health Policy Plus Viewpoints blog. This past August, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, ministers of health from 26 countries[1] took a major leap forward when they signed a ministerial declaration committing to end Preventable Maternal,...

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