Publish Date: November 2019
From 2016 to 2019, MCSP Nepal collaborated with the Ministry of Health and Population (MOHP) to develop and test strategies to empower private providers to deliver high-quality care for sick newborns and young infants. This included exploring safety and quality of care, promoting access to and use of clinical protocols, and establishing functional mechanisms to facilitate timely and reliable referral for more critical cases.
In 2017, MCSP Nepal undertook a national survey of private medicine shops in 25 districts to examine the role of private medicine shops in treatment of sick young infants with possible severe bacterial infections. It identified several problems with quality of care. Thus, the MOHP Child Health Division and other key stakeholders agreed that it would be worthwhile to develop an intervention to improve the quality of care for treatment of sick young infants and to test the intervention in a proof-of-concept approach within medicine shops and private clinics.