As part our work to improve quality of care for mothers and babies in low- and middle-income countries, the Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health (CMNH) has published a new training manual on standards-based audit. Titled “Standards and Audit for Improving the Quality of Antenatal and Postnatal Care”, the manual outlines the essential steps needed to conduct standards-based audit, to help healthcare providers in low-resource settings to implement audits more effectively.
Dr Mamuda Aminu, a Senior Clinical Research Associate at CMNH, who was one of the contributors to the manual, explains that:
“Standards-based audit is a useful method of quality improvement that deals with specific quality issues in the healthcare delivery system. It is new to many low-resource settings as a method of improving quality of care… As we implement quality improvement programmes in multiple countries, this manual will not only be a vital teaching tool in our training sessions, but also a useful guide for healthcare providers implementing this type of audit anywhere in the world.”
The manual, which has been published in both English and French, complements CMNH’s current work on standards-based audit in multiple countries in Africa and Asia.
The manual lists a number of standards which cover key areas of maternal and newborn care, including women- and baby-friendly care, organisation of care, antenatal care, management of obstetric complications, postnatal care for both mothers and babies and management and/or prevention of malaria, TB, HIV and other infections. It highlights the objective of each standard, what resources will be required to achieve the standards, as well as what actions will be needed and the expected results.
With thanks to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for funding the development, translation and printing of this new manual.