Technical Support for National and Subnational Capacity Building to Improve Leadership and Management of District Quality Improvement Programs for Maternal and Newborn Care in Bangladesh


UNICEF is one of the lead partners supporting the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOH&FW) to build institutional capacity for a quality improvement (QI) system at national and sub-national levels. URC provides technical assistance to UNICEF, the MOH&FW, and a local partner on how to scale up QI methods to new districts.


The Challenge

Many countries have small QI programs often supported by international partners. Moving away from the reliance on international partners and institutionalizing QI support within a country’s existing systems remains a challenge.



  • Support a local institution to develop the skills, structures, systems, and the culture to assist the government scale QI methods without external support.



Facilities in seven learning districts have started QI projects on care around birth. URC has developed a cadre of full-time QI coaches at the National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine to provide on-site support to these facilities. Managers in the learning districts have developed operational plans to improve quality of care for maternal and newborn health based on WHO guidance.


2019 to 2020
National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine (NIPSOM)
Regions/ Countries