14 February 2017

Quality, Equity, Dignity



The Ministry of Health of Malawi will host a meeting this week of partners in support of the Every Woman Every Child movement and the implementation of the Every Woman Every Child Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health. Nine countries — Bangladesh, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria and Uganda — are joining forces with a high-level political commitment, leadership and readiness for improving quality of care. The aim is to halve maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths in participating health facilities in five years. The initiative also aims to operationalise a common vision for Quality of Care —‘Every mother and newborn receives quality care throughout the pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal periods —through coordinated actions and investments among all stakeholder groups and constituencies.

While the past two decades have been marked by substantive progress in reducing maternal and child deaths, progress has often been slow to reach those who need it most. Provision of quality care is uneven, often failing to respect the rights and dignity of those who seek it. This hinders health outcomes for women, children and communities, and impedes progress in ending preventable deaths by 2030, as envisioned by the Every Woman Every Child Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health.

The Quality, Equity, Dignity (QED) effort unites and builds on the technical and advocacy work of the Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP) as well as the Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality (EPMM) groups. PMNCH partners have played a significant role in both efforts, and will be highly engaged in the QED effort.

Earlier this year, WHO published standards for improving the quality of maternal and newborn care in health facilities, within the context of strengthening health systems and people-centred care. Partners, led by the World Health Organisation and UNICEF, hope this will facilitate sharing of best practices on quality of care improvement, agreeing on an evidence- based framework for coordinated action, and developing country roadmaps for improving quality of care in the nine countries.


Check out the QED Photo Story on “10 Ways to improve the quality of care in health facilities”!