Improving the Quality of Care for Mothers and Newborns in Health Facilities
Learner Manual: Point of Care Quality Improvement
Learner Manual (Version 2)
WHO-SEARO in partnership with WHOCC AIIMS, UNICEF, UNFPA and USAID has prepared a training package for building capacity of healthcare teams in health facilities for continuous quality improvement of maternal and newborn healthcare. The focus is on the care of mothers and newborns at the time of child birth since a large proportion of maternal deaths, newborn deaths and stillbirths happen around that time. The second version of the training package has an additional case study to improve care of small babies and sick babies admitted in newborn units in hospitals/health facilities. The 4-Step POCQI (Point of care Quality Improvement) package includes Facilitator Manual and Learner Manual that present a demystified and simple model of quality improvement at the level of health facilities using local data to identify quality gaps, analyze underlying causes and improve health care practices in their own specific context without much additional resources. The learning methods include short presentations, group work, activities, games and video clips. The POCQI package is in use to build capacity of healthcare teams in the countries of the Region and beyond.