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URC at the International Forum for Quality and Safety in Healthcare
Several URC staff recently attended the International Forum for Quality and Safety in Healthcare on April 12–15, 2016, in Gothenburg, Sweden. With approximately 3,300 delegates, the Forum is one of the world’s largest gatherings of healthcare professionals committed to improving patient care and their safety.
A wide variety of sessions focused on leadership, empowerment, practical solutions to complex challenges, and sharing successes and failures. More than a dozen URC staff from the US, India, Tanzania, and Uganda presented five well-attended workshops and five posters.
The theme for the conference was “Change. Save. Sustain. In partnership with patients.”
Experts from the URC-managed USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project M. Rashad Massoud, Victor Boguslavsky, and Amanda Ottoson led two high profile workshops: “Leading Improvement Efforts for Global Health Leaders” and “Leadership Strategies to Improve Global Health.” Nigel Livesley and Praveen Sharma, also with USAID ASSIST, presented “Lessons from India: Approaches for Large-Scale Spread,” in which they offered real-world insights on scaling up improvement efforts in large populations. M. Rashad Massoud was invited to speak at a workshop on policy in practical service delivery, where he offered pragmatic advice on creating the necessary conditions to implement change at the national and regional levels. Amy Stern, Stella Kasindi Mwita, and Tamara Nsubuga-Nyombi, also with USAID ASSIST, offered lessons and insights from Uganda and Tanzania at a lecture about proven interventions to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
The following posters, all of which focused on improving service delivery, were presented by URC staff:
- Rationale for improving integrated service delivery: reduced cost and improved care in Georgia by Tamar Chitashvili of USAID ASSIST.
- Scaling up access to highly active anti-retroviral therapy among children at Lira Regional Referral Hospital by Hillary Alima of the USAID Strengthening Uganda’s Systems for Treating AIDS Nationally (SUSTAIN) Project.
- Quality improvement interventions improve the quality of laboratory services at public health facilities in Uganda by Augustin Muhwezi of USAID SUSTAIN.
- Increasing the numbers of children accessing HIV testing and counseling at Soroti Regional Referral Hospital in Uganda by Kellen Baguma of USAID SUSTAIN.
- Increasing male partner engagement in elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Uganda: Case study of Mbale Regional Referral Hospital by Kevin Embrey of USAID SUSTAIN.
- Quality improvement methods to increase utilization of health services: Voluntary medical male circumcision post-operative follow-up at Gulu Hospital, Uganda by Kaita Godfrey of USAID SUSTAIN.
The International Forum provided an exciting opportunity for URC staff to share knowledge and experiences with other professionals who share a common goal of improving the quality and safety of health care for communities worldwide.