Quality of care
Midwifery education is a key solution to the challenge of providing universal and quality maternal and newborn care to meet our Sustainable Development Goals. While improving access to care is critical, ensuring good quality of care has an even greater impact in terms of lives saved. WHO, ICM, UNFPA and UNICEF are finalising a report and action plan for strengthening quality midwifery education to be released at the World Health Assembly, 20-28 May 2019.
Countries and partners in the Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health meet on accountability and learning for quality of care, 12-14 March, 2019, Addis Ababa
On March 12-14, 2019, the Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (Quality of Care Network) will hold its 2nd meeting on Demonstrating accountability and learning from implementation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The meeting will bring together representatives from the ten countries that lead the Quality of Care Network and partners to share their progress, learn from their experiences in developing quality of care programmes, and inform the future directions of the Quality of Care Network.
Improving the quality of paediatric care: an operational guide for facility-based audit and review of paediatric mortality
This operational guide provides guidance for establishing and conducting paediatric death audit and review as part of the overall quality of care improvement at the health facility. Death review or mortality audit is a means of documenting the causes of a death and the factors that contributed to it, identifying factors that could be modified and actions that could prevent future deaths, putting the actions into place and reviewing the outcomes. This document also complements the audit and review of stillbirths and neonatal deaths guide by providing guidance on review and auditing of paediatric deaths; adverse events, near-misses and other paediatric clinical cases of interest.
The Quality of Care Network has released a new document which sets out the four strategic objectives of the Network: leadership, action, learning, and accountability. The strategic objectives are underpinned by the importance of community engagement in improving the quality of care. They were reached by consensus among the Quality of Care Network countries and partners present at the Network launch meeting in Lilongwe, Malawi, in February 2017.
5 May is International Day of the Midwife 2018. This year the focus is on quality of care. All women and newborns have a right to a quality of care that enables a positive childbirth experience that includes respect and dignity, a companion of choice, clear communication by maternity staff, pain relief strategies, mobility in labour and birth position of choice. Evidence shows us that midwives educated and regulated to international standards can provide 87% of the needs of all women and newborns, and that continuity of midwife-led care increases maternal satisfaction and prevents pre-term birth by 24%.
New quality of care standards to save lives and improve the health of children and young adolescents
24 April 2018 -- In 2016 an estimated 6.6 million children and young adolescents died, mostly from preventable causes. Evidence shows that gaps in the quality of care contribute to complications and deaths among children. To address these gaps WHO and partners have produced new quality of care standards to improve both the provision and experience of care and call for health facilities to create a child- and young adolescent-friendly environment.
A series of Quality of Care Network webinars on capacity building for improving quality of care in health facilities
The Quality of Care Network, through its global Learning Platform, is building a community of health practitioners across all levels of service delivery, to harvest local implementation ideas and share experiences within and across countries. As part of its learning activities, the Quality of Care Network is organizing a series of webinars on selected topics on quality of care improvement from a country perspective, as well as quality improvement implementation science.
February 2017 -- Many women, their babies and children still die, or suffer from life-long disabilities, even after reaching a health facility, due to poor care practices. Improving the quality of care provided is of utmost urgency. With a target of halving maternal and newborn deaths in facilities in 5 years, national governments from 9 first wave countries and partners are joining forces to establish a Network to improve the quality of care provided to mothers, newborns and children. The Network will support countries to achieve their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and achieve the vision set out by the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health.
What do we mean by Quality of Care?
What is the Quality of Care Network?
Quality midwifery care for mothers and newborns
Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescent's Health 2016-2030
Publications on quality of care
- Improving the quality of paediatric care: an operational guide for facility-based audit and review of paediatric mortality
- Quality, equity, dignity: the network to improve quality of care for maternal, newborn and child health – strategic objectives
- Standards for improving the quality of care for children and young adolescents in health facilities
- Working with individuals, families and communities to improve maternal and newborn health: a toolkit for implementation
- Better hospital care for children
- Standards for improving quality of maternal and newborn care in health facilities