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Quality improvement

Mother holding her baby outside their house in Kenya

Uptake of care and quality of care are closely linked. CMNH aims to establish itself as a global leader in innovative and pragmatic methods to quality improvement in maternal and newborn health.

There is evidence that poor quality of care prevents women from accessing services even when they are available, close by and affordable.

One of the main achievements of the Millennium Development Goals was an increase in antenatal coverage and facility births, in many countries. However, it is widely acknowledged that the quality of care provided for mothers and babies falls short of evidence-based practice.

There is renewed focus on maternal and child health in the Sustainable Development Goals. By 2030, the targets are to reduce the maternal morbidity rate to less than 70 per 100,000 live births, neonatal mortality to 12 per 1,000 live births and achieve access to quality essential healthcare services for all. Quality improvement (QI) approaches can contribute to these targets by prompting changes in the provision, process and organisation of care.

CMNH aims to establish itself as a global leader in innovative and pragmatic methods to QI in maternal and newborn health. We aim to achieve this by:

  • Delivering QI programmes to a high standard in low resource countries
  • Ensuring high quality monitoring and evaluation of our programmes with QI components
  • Developing and contributing to new research proposals on innovative approaches and methods for QI
  • Building the capacity of healthcare providers using our QI methods and approaches
  • Using innovative ways to disseminate and communicate outputs and lessons learned

Our QI team is a mix of highly experienced staff, with a variety of academic backgrounds and experience implementing projects in several countries in Africa and Asia. We have recently conducted high quality research related to:

  • The implementation of maternal and perinatal death reviews
  • Maternal Death Surveillance and Response (MDSR)
  • Standards based audit

We have developed and deliver a range of QI training packages to healthcare providers, including a package of QI methods and tools that conform to current global standards. We sustain improvements using an interactive workshop approach, which has been delivered in evaluated in countries.