New Report by the World Health Organization and Partners Calls Attention to Quality of Maternal Health Care

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on July 18, 2018July 27, 2018By: Kayla McGowan, Project Coordinator, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)A new joint report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank explores how low quality care compromises health outcomes around the world—especially in low- and middle income countries (LMICs). According to the report, 10% of hospitalized patients in LMICs can expect to develop an infection from a hospital stay compared to an estimated 7% in high-income areas.A spotlight on maternal healthAccess to care alone is not enough to improve maternal health outcomes. The report cites research from eight high-mortality countries—Haiti, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Senegal, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda—which found that just 28% of antenatal care, 26% of family planning services and 21% of sick-child care qualified as ‘effective.’According to the authors,“Poor quality of care is responsible for persistently high levels of maternal and child mortality in low- and middle-income countries, despite substantial increases in access to essential health services achieved during the Millennium Development Goal era.”A call to actionGovernments, health systems, citizens, patients and health workers all have a role to play in ensuring high quality health services. The following is a sample of the high-level actions needed for quality in health care as outlined in the report:All governments should:Have a national quality policy and strategy;Demonstrate accountability for delivering a safe high-quality service;Ensure that reforms driven by the goal of universal health coverage build quality into the foundation of their care systemsAll health systems should:Implement evidence-based interventions that demonstrate improvement;Benchmark against similar systems that are delivering best performance;Ensure that all people with chronic disease are enabled to minimize its impact on the quality of their livesAll citizens and patients should:Be empowered to actively engage in care to optimize their health status;Play a leading role in the design of new models of care to meet the needs of the local community;Be informed that it is their right to have access to care that meetsAll health workers should:Participate in quality measurement and improvement with their patients;Embrace a practice philosophy of teamwork;See patients as partners in the delivery of care—Access the report | Delivering quality health services: A global imperative for universal health coverageRead the news release>>Learn more about quality of maternal health care>>Share this:last_img

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