Measuring Maternal and Perinatal Quality of Care during Labor and Delivery

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Half of all births in developing countries occur in facilities, yet in many settings the Quality of Care (QoC) given is often unknown. When women have access to high quality maternal care, severe disease, disability and deaths are prevented.

Under USAIDs flagship Maternal and Child Health Program (MCHIP), a facility assessment toolkit on QoC for prevention, identification and management of common yet serious maternal and early neonatal complications was developed in 2009, piloted and rolled out in 6 countries by 2010. MCHIP’s Linda Bartlett presented on the findings of a QoC maternal, newborn and child health survey that was done to measure the performance of key screening, prevention and management interventions of the most frequent direct maternal complications. The goals of this survey were to guide QoC improvement activities for maternal and newborn care at facility, regional and national levels, provide baseline estimates for countries to monitor improvements in care and to develop indicators and data collection tools that can then be used in multiple countries.

Download the presentation to learn more about the assessment questions, data collection instruments, results, and next steps.

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