Gddda District Hospital was able to make dramatic improvements in labour and delivery in three months. The hospital focused on reducing postpartum hemorrhage by ensuring that all women receive oxytocin immediately after delivery. Within three months, there has been substantial decrease in postpartum hemorrhage and increase in neonates receiving elements of essential newborn care.
Uganda adopted voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) as part of its comprehensive HIV prevention strategy in 2009. From its inception, the service was designed to target males and most of the efforts were focused on ensuring that as many males as possible were circumcised. In December 2012, a PEPFAR interagency team conducted an external quality assessment for the Uganda program and found several quality gaps. One of the major gaps was the lack of a system for continuous quality improvement.
It’s Friday afternoon, and I’ve just come out of session I was moderating with the fabulous Lesley Anne Smith of NHS Scotland. The session was packed full of folks from around the world who gave up the lures of Paris to discuss and share experiences on this very question: “How do we build the competencies of health workers to improve care in our health systems?”. Let me tell you a little bit about where I am and how we came to this.
Senior Advisor, Health Workforce Development Portfolio
Ombretta Baggio, Senior Officer for Communications at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), collaborated with Allison Annette Foster on this blog and is a co-author.
How often do seismic shifts happen under our very feet, and before we realize it we are toppled by a changed landscape that we have not prepared to maneuver? Countries are facing such seismic shifts as they ponder their post-2015 national health strategies. Beyond the drive to reach the Millennium Development Goals, how will we re-engineer our systems to achieve Universal Health Coverage and meet the growing needs of long-term care and chronic conditions care?