QAP Methods and Results Presented at Women Deliver
Outcomes produced by methods and tools put into place to improve the quality of essential obstetric and neonatal healthcare services in Ecuador and Niger were presented by QAP staff at the international Women Deliver Conference held in London October 18-20, 2007.
In a special issue of the medical journal, The Lancet , on maternal health that came out in conjunction with the conference, QAP was identified as implementing in Ecuador “a process to humanize and culturally adapt childbirth through dialogue between traditional and modern medicine health providers and their clients.”
At the conference, QAP’s Dr. Jorge Hermida described the process to culturally adapt delivery services in his presentation entitled “Bridging the Cultural Gap between Modern and Traditional Providers to improve Delivery Care in Ecuador.” The methodology developed by QAP, in partnership with the Ecuadorian Ministry of Health and Family Care International, identifies valued traditional cultural care and modern medical components in order to improve delivery and post-partum services in public hospitals.
“Taking Prevention of Postpartum Hemorrhage to Scale in Niger” was presented by QAP’s Dr. Maina Boucar. Post-partum hemorrhage is the leading cause of maternal mortality in Niger, where a woman faces a one in seven chance of dying from pregnancy-related complications during her lifetime. In 2006, the Niger Ministry of Health and QAP introduced Active Management of the Third Stage of Labor for the prevention of post-partum hemorrhage into 33 public maternity facilities, representing 77% of the country's regional and national hospitals.
Bridging the cultural gap between modern and traditional providers to improve delivery care in Ecuador
Authors: Jorge Hermida, Steve Harvey, Daniel Gonzalez, Genny Fuentes and Bernarda Salas
Taking Post-partum Hemorrhage Prevention to Scale in Niger’s Public Maternities
Authors: Amsagana Maina Boucar, Kathleen Hill, and Zakari Saley
URC's technical support for quality improvement in maternal and newborn care continues under the new USAID Health Care Improvement Project, the follow-on to QAP.
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The Quality Assurance Project (QAP) is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development
(USAID) under Contract Number GPH-C-00-02-00004-00.