As we see countries around the globe taking up initiatives to eradicate preventable childhood illnesses, most might picture young school aged children lined up at health centers. This World Immunization Week, we want to talk about what may be overlooked - the importance of quality care to deliver immunization to...Read More
Indonesia’s lessons in using innovative approaches to improving the quality of emergency obstetric and newborn care services in hospitals and health centers
“Every death counts. The death of a mother or a newborn is not just a tragedy for the family but also an indicator of an egregious failure of the health system, especially because many of these tragic deaths are preventable.” (Saifuddin Ahmed and Judith Fullerton in the editorial of...Read More
Access to safe blood and blood products has long been considered an essential part of effective health care systems. Identified as a crucial part of life-saving treatments and therapies, a global regulatory framework and supportive programs exist to ensure high standards for collection, safety, storage, and appropriate and ethical use...Read More
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...Read More
Deprived of oxygen but full of life – how can we support African children affected by neonatal encephalopathy?
Somewhere in a small community clinic in Uganda a baby girl is born. Her mother waits for her first cry…but from Nadia there is no sound...no cry...no breath. Her labour has been long and difficult and Nadia’s brain has been starved of oxygen. Many others like her would be stillborn,...Read More