On 14 June, WHO, together with the United Nations University UNU-Wider, hosted a policy seminar to launch the special theme issue of the WHO Bulletin on Measuring Quality of Care.
A CMNH-authored paper, which assessed the feasibility of the WHO suggested global indicators to measure quality of care, featured in the publication and was presented during the session. This session included a wider discussion on the topic with inputs from representatives of academia, WHO as well as national policy-makers.
The event formed part of a series of quality of care and measurement meetings led by the WHO and was a useful platform for linking research and policy voices to improve the understanding of the relevant issues and to create action-focused recommendations for improving the measurement of quality in healthcare.
More information about the launch is available on the UNU-Wider website.
Dr Barbara Madaj, Head of Monitoring & Evaluation at CMNH, said “Improving quality of care is a critical part of ensuring the best possible care is offered to people across the globe. The challenge with finding suitable ways of measuring quality is a recognised one and the current efforts to define appropriate indicators are important for paving the way to achieving SDG3. At CMNH-LSTM, we are pleased to be able to contribute to this discussion and through our research to provide evidence to improve the availability of quality care to mothers and babies world-wide.”
Reference: Madaj B., Smith H., Mathai M., Roos, N. and van den Broek N. (2017) ‘Developing global indicators for quality of maternal and newborn care: a feasibility assessment’ Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2017;95:445-452I
Photo: (L-R): Dr Nathalie Roos (WHO), Dr Barbara Madaj (CMNH-LSTM), Professor Matthews Mathai (CMNH-LSTM)