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Tools for Improving Quality of Care for Mothers and Newborns: A Review and Gap Analysis of Critical Environmental Conditions

Publish Date: November 2019
Author: MCSP

MCSP has worked to improve the care provided for mothers and their newborns during antenatal care, labor and delivery, postnatal care, child health, immunization, and family planning services through quality of care (QoC) and quality improvement (QI) programs. While many QoC/QI training and implementation tools are available, many do not describe the critical conditions necessary to enable safe and dignified care for patients.

To address this, the objectives of this brief are to: review QoC/QI tools (including training materials, implementation guides, and supervision and coaching resources) commonly used in MNH care; assess these tools for completeness in their coverage of critical environmental conditions for safe care, including presence of adequate WASH infrastructure, environmental hygiene items for IPC, and other WASH/IPC-related activities, such as training; and provide recommendations for consistent and comprehensive integration of these critical environmental conditions within QoC/QI tools.

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