ASSIST Project assists in launch of WHO Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

The USAID ASSIST Project participated in the launch of the Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (Quality of Care Network). The network aims to support every pregnant woman, newborn and child with good-quality health care in order to reduce maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths by half within five years in healthcare facilities of the nine participating countries.

The meeting, hosted by WHO and UNICEF, was also an opportunity to launch four joint statements on the care of mothers and newborns. The USAID ASSIST Project, with support from the Every Preemie-SCALE project, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS) and Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives project, drafted the joint statement on “Improving Quality of Maternal and Newborn Care in Low- and Middle-Income Countries".  The statement, reviewed and endorsed by five professional organizations, presents the WHO conceptual framework to improve the quality of maternal and newborn care and outlines key actions to improve maternal and newborn outcomes worldwide.

The USAID ASSIST Project has been deeply involved global, regional, and local efforts to improve the quality of care for mothers and babies and is excited to support the #QualityCareNet in this important work.

Learn more about how ASSIST is improving care for mothers and babies:

  • “Improving Care for Mothers and Babies: A Guide for Improvement Teams”
    This guide, developed through collaborative efforts of the Survive & Thrive Global Development Alliance (S&T GDA), provides step-by-step instructions to care providers and improvement teams to plan, test, implement, continuously assess, refine and sustain interventions to keep mothers and babies healthy.
  • “Point of Care Quality Improvement: Improving the Quality of Care for Mothers and Newborns in Health Facilities”
    This tool, developed jointly by the South East Asia Regional Office of World Health Organization (WHO SEARO), WHO Collaborating Centre on Training and Research in Newborn Care, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) New Delhi, and the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project, uses focused learning objectives, case studies, games and other activities, to build the knowledge and skills of frontline health workers to apply quality improvement approaches to solve problems and reliably deliver better care for mothers and newborns around the time of birth. 
A mother, wearing a  blue shirt, shares a quiet moment with her newborn infant, who rests in a pouch against  her chest.. Photo courtesy UNICEF/Pirazzi
A mother shares a quiet moment with her newborn infant. Photo courtesy UNICEF/Pirazzi
March 29, 2017
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