URC Staff Participate in International Conference on Quality in Health Care

Several URC staff are participating in the 30th International Conference on Quality in Health Care from October 13–16 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The conference, hosted by the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua), focuses on population health and offers an opportunity for over 1000 delegates from 70 countries to share expertise and knowledge via a multidisciplinary forum.

Our conference presentations, listed below, provide a sample of our current health care quality improvement work, with representation from the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) project.

Pre-conference workshops

Sunday, October 13

Quality Improvement Tool: Applying a Reliable Design Framework to Improve Quality of Care for Your Patients


Facilitators: Dr. M. Rashad Massoud, Senior Vice President, Quality and Performance Institute; and Shawn Dick, Director of Administration, Quality and Performance Institute
This interactive workshop will use a simple exercise to illustrate the principles of reliable design. A real-life example of applying reliability science to reduce Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP) from NHS Scotland will be presented. The workshop will include a review of the fundamentals of reliability science and a discussion on how we can use them to improve patient care.


Oral presentations

Tuesday, October 15

Barriers and Facilitators of Institutionalization of Quality Improvement in Niger

Presented by Katherine Fatta, ASSIST Improvement Specialist for Knowledge Management. Authored by Dr. Maina A. Boucar, Regional Director for West Africa; and Dr. Astou Coly, Senior QI Advisor for Research and Evaluation.

Strengthening Community Systems To Increase Uptake And Retention Of PMTCT Services In Tanzania

Presented by Rhea Bright, QI Specialist. Co-authored by Dr. Ram Shrestha, Senior QI Advisor for Community Health and Nutrition; Elizabeth Hizza, Quality Assurance Advisor; Alipa Lupembe, QI Associate for ART/PMTCT

Wednesday, October 16

Health Services of a Rural Community in Kenya by Enhancing Community-Facility Linkages

Presented by Isaac Chome Mwamuye, QI Advisor. Co-authored by Dr. Michael Mwaniki, Senior QI Advisor; Dorcas Amolo, former Chief of Party for ASSIST Kenya; Dr. Youssef Tawfik, Quality Clinical Care Director/Component 2 Team Leader

Enhancing Access of Health Services for Most Vulnerable Children, through Quality Improvement Technique in Community Settings: A Case of Bagamoyo District-Tanzania

Presented by Flora Nyagawa, QI Advisor for Orphans and Vulnerable Children. Co-authored by Kusekwa Sono, QI Advisor for Orphans and Vulnerable Children; Jared Mussanga, QI Advisor; E. Kamote

Poster presentations

Working with Teams to Improve Quality of Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV Services: Successes Challenges and Lessons Learnt

Elizabeth Hizza, Rhea Bright, Ram Shrestha, F. Kisika

"Let's Clean Up This Mess!"- A Community-Based Strategy to Improve Food Hygiene and Sanitation at a Highway Travel Stop: Lugono Experience, Morogoro Region, Tanzania

Faridah Mgunda, QI Advisor; Carle Lyimo, Morogoro Regional Health Management Team member

Comprehensive Counseling, Health Education and Support of HIV-Positive Pregnant Women as a Factor to Improved Quality of Services to HIV-Exposed Infants

Monica Ngonyani, QI Advisor; Dr. Stella Kasindi Mwita, Senior QI Advisor

Functional Improvement Teams are Positively Associated with Linkage of HIV Positive Mothers into HIV Care

John Byabagambi, QI Advisor; Dr. Esther Karamagi Nkolo, Senior QI Advisor; Dr. Humphrey Megere, ASSIST Uganda Chief of Party

October 13, 2013
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