Quality of care
February 2017 -- Many women, their babies and children still die, or suffer from life-long disabilities, even after reaching a health facility, due to poor care practices. Improving the quality of care provided is of utmost urgency. With a target of halving maternal and newborn deaths in facilities in 5 years, national governments from 9 first wave countries and partners are joining forces to establish a Network to improve the quality of care provided to mothers, newborns and children. The Network will support countries to achieve their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and achieve the vision set out by the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health.
August 2016 -- This framework has been developed in response to WHO’s global vision where ‘every pregnant woman and newborn receives quality care throughout pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period’ under the umbrella of Universal Health Coverage and Quality of Care.
Midwifery is defined as “skilled, knowledgeable and compassionate care for childbearing women, newborn infants and families across the continuum from prepregnancy, pregnancy, birth, postpartum and the early weeks of life”. The evidence shows us that midwifery plays a “vital” role, and when provided by educated, trained, regulated, licensed midwives, is associated with improved quality of care and rapid and sustained reductions in maternal and newborn mortality.
What do we mean by Quality of Care?
What is the Quality of Care Network?
Quality midwifery care for mothers and newborns
Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescent's Health 2016-2030
Publications on quality of care
- Managing possible serious bacterial infection in young infants when referral is not feasible
- Better hospital care for children
- Standards for improving quality of maternal and newborn care in health facilities
- Oxygen therapy for children: a manual for health workers
- Paediatric emergency triage, assessment and treatment: care of critically-ill children