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URC Staff Contribute to International Forum on Health Care Quality
URC staff contributed significantly to programming at the 17th annual International Forum on Quality & Safety in Healthcare. BMJ Group and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) hosted the conference, held April 17–20 in Paris. Under the theme, “Solutions for Tough Times,” the conference drew a record 1700 participants from around the world.
Several URC project staff led sessions addressing such topics as safe and reliable care, noncommunicable diseases, and clinical improvement:
- Dr. M. Rashad Massoud, Senior Vice President of the Quality & Performance Institute and Project Director of the USAID Health Care Improvement Project (HCI), presented a mini-course entitled, “Policy Seminar on National Improvement Strategies and Infrastructure for Improving Health Care at the National Level.”
- Dr. Kathleen Hill, HCI Senior Quality Improvement (QI) Advisor, and Dr. Tamar Chitashvili, HCI Chief of Party for Georgia, presented “Burden of Noncommunicable Diseases in Eastern Europe: Quality Gaps and Opportunities.”
- Dr. Humphrey Megere, HCI Country Director for Uganda, and Dr. Nigel Livesley, URC Regional Director for East Africa, presented a session on “Transforming Care for People with Chronic Conditions in Uganda.”
- Mr. Martin Muhire, HCI’s QI Advisor in Uganda, shared his work relative to “Leveraging Improvements in HIV to Improve Management of Hypertension” during a session on improving care delivery in rural African communities.
- Mr. Robert Kyeyagalire, also an HCI QI Advisor in Uganda, as part of a session on improving HIV care in Africa, presented “Towards Saving Unborn Babies from HIV Infection by Improving Enrolment of HIV+ Pregnant Women into Chronic HIV Care Clinics at Rural Health Facilities in Uganda.”
- Dr. Edward Broughton, HCI Director for Research and Evaluation, presented a session entitled, “Is It Cost-effective to Save Patients from Harm?”
Staff of HCI and Maternal and Newborn Health in Ethiopia Partnership (MaNHEP) presented posters:
- Ms. Dorcas Amolo, HCI Country Director for Kenya: “Using Standards to Improve Programmes for Vulnerable Children”
- Dr. Broughton: “Effectiveness and Cost-effectiveness of Improving Health Services in Areas Served by Mi Familia Progresa in Guatemala” (co-authored by Ms. Elena Hurtado, HCI QI Advisor, and Dr. Paul Richardson of URC)
- Dr. Broughton: “Implementation of Standards of Service Delivery for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Kenya: A Prospective Evaluation of Performance, Costs and Equity” (co-authored with Roselyn Were, HCI QI Advisor, and Ms. Amolo).
- Dr. Broughton on behalf of Dr. Stephen Kinoti, URC Senior Quality Assurance Advisor: “Investigation of the Sequential Validity of Quality Improvement Team Self-assessments in a Health Facility HIV Improvement Collaborative in Tanzania”
- Dr. Jorge Hermida, HCI Regional Director for Latin America: “Sustainable Scale-up of Active Management of the Third Stage of Labour for Prevention of Postpartum Hemorrhage in Ecuador”
- Ms. Mabel Namwabira, HCI QI Officer: “Engaging Patients in Improving HIV Care in Uganda”
- Dr. Sarah Smith, HCI QI Advisor, EnCompass LLC: “Understanding the Spread Process: A Case Study from Guatemala”
- Ms. Kim Stover, Senior MaNHEP QI Advisorn: “Adapting Improvement Approaches to Community Level Care for Maternal and Neonatal Health”
- Mr. Solomon Tesfaye, MaNHEP QI Advisor: “Improved Use of Antenatal Services in Rural Ethiopia Using Community Level QI”
- Ms. Emily Treleaven, HCI QI Specialist: “Communicating Improvement Ideas to Health Workers in Resource-limited Settings”
About the Forum
Ms. Maureen Bisognano, IHI President and CEO opened the forum, explaining the importance of addressing patients’ needs and what matters to them, as opposed to just treating their medical problems. Keynote speaker Dr. Donald M. Berwick, former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and former President and founder of IHI, discussed the ethics of improvement and emphasized the moral duty of participating in improvement.
Overall, the forum generated a great deal of excitement around new successes in improvement work globally and provided participants from around the world with an opportunity to share experiences and learn from one another.
Feza Kikaya is Communications Assistant for HCI. Kate Fatta is QI Specialist for Knowledge Management and Communication. Emily Treleaven is QI Specialist for Knowledge Management.