WHO Global Learning Laboratory Webinar: Twinning Partnerships for Improvement - Catalysing change at global, national and local levels

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Twinning partnerships between health institutions is an innovative approach that aims to improve quality within health service delivery. Many global health groups have highlighted the need to “promote the utility of institutional health partnerships in strengthening health systems, and in delivering effective health services.” The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) acknowledge the importance of partnerships (SDG17) by recognizing that partnerships help to “mobilise and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources” as a way to achieve SDG 3 and target 3.8 on UHC. It is important to note that the benefits produced by twinning partnerships not only enhance institutional capacity to deliver improved health services, but can also contribute to strengthening the entire health system if designed and implemented effectively.

Twinning partnerships provide a linkage between local institutional change, national health systems and the global arena. The front-line implementation experiences of twinning partnerships can feed into national strategic efforts to improve quality service delivery and improve overall health outcomes. Over the past decade, national policy documents have begun to highlight the potential for institutional health partnerships as an entry point for strengthening health services and health systems. This inclusion into national policy provides a point of entry and also ensures sustainability of the implementation efforts made. The power of twinning partnerships can bring efficient and effective health improvements beyond what an individual organization or team can achieve alone.

The WHO Twinning Partnership for Improvement (TPI) model supports long-term efforts on quality health service delivery in the context of achieving universal health coverage (UHC). The WHO TPI model is based on a 6-step cycle that guides the partners through a systematic process to mutually agree upon and establish the areas for improvement, develop an action plan and then evaluate the activities conducted. The focus of the partnership efforts can be on a wide range of areas – for example, quality improvement processes, management, service delivery or clinical interventions focused on infection prevention and control (IPC), patient safety, surgery, or maternal, newborn and child health.

This 90 minute webinar will provide an opportunity to hear from frontline workers, country leaders and global partners, on the role of twinning partnerships as a catalyst for sustainable change. An overview of the WHO TPI Preparation package, TPI action planning and 6-step model will be provided to support the future application of the model.

Learning Objectives
The webinar will allow participants to:

  • Learn about how to use the WHO TPI Preparation Package and its complementary document on Action Planning;
  • Understand how twinning partnerships can influence national direction on quality;
  • Orient participants to the learning mechanisms put in place by the implementers of twinning partnerships;
  • Hear direct from the front-lines on the experience and realities of working in partnership and the impact it can have on behaviour change.

Intended audience
Frontline workers, Administrators, Policy-makers, Academics

Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 09:00 EST


Geneva, Switzerland 15:00 CEST
Washington DC, USA 09:00 EST
Tokyo, Japan 22:00 JST
London, United Kingdom 14:00 BST
New Delhi, India 18:30 IST
Lagos, Nigeria 14:00 WAT
Cairo, Egypt 15:00 EET
Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 09:00 to 10:30
World Health Organization (WHO)
Contact Name: 
Nana Mensah Abrampah
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