Bridging the gap among healthcare workers and decision-makers through improved routine measurement of the quality of maternal and newborn care

Progress in maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) outcomes in low-income countries has been slow. In Tanzania, recent data suggests that although significant progress has been made in increasing coverage of essential services, the lack of data on quality of care is a major impediment to the achievement of the desired progress in MNCH outcomes.

Through this project, researchers will build on insights gained from previous work to develop and validate a novel electronic tool for measuring the quality of maternal and newborn care. They will integrate the tool into the existing Health Management Information System (HMIS) in Tanzania, generate evidence on how a gender and equity perspective can be integrated in the routine assessment of quality of care, and identify the critical factors required for the scale-up and integration of the electronic tool into routine use.

This project will build on the existing partnership between Ifakara Health Institute (Tanzania), the SickKids Hospital’s Centre for Global Child Health (Canada), and the Tanzania Ministry of Health. The proposed project is closely aligned with several Tanzanian government-led strategies to improve maternal, neonatal, and child health outcomes, including the Big Results Now initiative.

This project is funded by the Innovating for Maternal and Child Health in Africa program. It is a seven-year $36 million initiative funded by Global Affairs Canada, IDRC, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Project ID

108546

Project status

Active

Duration

36 months

IDRC Officer

Leah Mwai

Total funding

CA$ 483,300

Country(s)

Tanzania

Project Leader

PhD Fatuma Manzi

Institution

The Registered Trustees of Ifakara Health Institute

Institution Country

Tanzania

Institution Website

http://www.ihi.or.tz