CMNH presents at Quality of Care conference in South Africa

News article 19 Nov 2019

Dr Bakusa Dankom, Senior Technical Officer at the Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health (CMNH), presented at the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) Conference in Capetown, South Africa in October 2019. Dr Dankom was invited by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to showcase LSTM’s work on Quality Improvement at a session called Innovative approaches for integration of HIV, TB, and Malaria services: Experiences from Togo. Dr Dankom shared findings from CMNH’s work in Togo, which focuses on the screening, testing and treatment of HIV, TB and malaria to improve integrated service delivery at facility and community levels. This work is supported by the Global Fund and Unité de Gestion Des Projets (UGP), and conducted in partnership with the University of Lomé.

Dr Dankom presented results from the programme to date, which includes:

  • Development and delivery of antenatal and postnatal ‘skills and drills’ training for healthcare providers and training of Master Trainers in antenatal and postnatal care (ANC/PNC)
  • Identification of standards for improving the quality of ANC/PNC and training healthcare workers in how to conduct standards-based audit
  • Completion of a baseline survey which was conducted in 62 healthcare facilities in Togo to gather evidence of the availability, content, quality and uptake of integrated antenatal and postnatal care with HIV, TB and malaria services.

Dr Dankom also shared the upcoming priorities for the next phase of the programme, which includes monitoring and evaluation to assess progress, and dissemination of the findings and lessons learned with key stakeholders.

After the conference, Dr Dankom reflected:
“This was a large and excellent conference with 250 presentations by experts from about 40 countries. The themes discussed included: how to provide person-centred care, external evaluations, sustainable and holistic care, patient safety and quality standards. It was a great opportunity to present our work. Many participants were particularly interested in our step-wedge design trial and standards-based audit methodology. We now need to document our progress in this programme so that we can share the results and lessons learned at the next ISQua meeting in 2020. Another exciting aspect of the conference was a meeting which was held by Francophone participants, to discuss how best to share their experiences on improving quality of care in Francophone countries.”  

The conference – Innovate, Implement, Improve: Beating the Drum for Safety, Quality and Equity, was held from 20th – 23rd October. It was hosted by the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua), with the Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA) and Mediclinic International.