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865 Launching the ethiopia health care quality initiative: interim results and initial lessons learned
  1. Hema Magge1,
  2. Abiyou Kiflie2,
  3. Zewdie Mulissa2,
  4. Mehiret Abate2,
  5. Abera Biadgo2,
  6. Befikadu Bitewulign2,
  7. Hareg Alemu2,
  8. Kathryn Brooks3,
  9. Hassen Mohammed4,
  10. Daniel Burssa4
  1. 1Institute for Healthcare Improvement; Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Ethiopia
  2. 2Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Ethiopia
  3. 3Institute for Healthcare Improvement, US
  4. 4Ethiopia Federal Ministry of Health, Ethiopia


Background Since 2013, IHI has worked with the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) to leverage QI methodologies to accelerate progress of the FMoH in maternal newborn health (MNH), and build a culture of quality in the health system.

Objectives Understand initial successes, challenges, and results of a multi-faceted strategy aimed at institutionalising QI and improving MNH outcomes in a resource-limited setting.

Methods Three collaboratives launched in three regions of Ethiopia April-September 2016. We report programmatic and core clinical indicators after LS1 (October 2016-June 2017). Monthly means of program process measures were extracted from routine monitoring tools. Control charts for core HMIS-derived indicators use baseline data (July 2015-August 2016) to set control limits and extend forward. Bundle implementation is displayed using run charts.

Results Currently, LS3 has been completed, and 57 health care workers have been trained in QI along with 83 manager-level staff. 20 QI teams have conducted 506 PDSA cycles. Sixteen (80%) teams have reported signals of improvement in bundle adherence by LS2. Aggregate control charts demonstrate initial improvement in data quality in 4-visit ANC, PNC within 48 hours of delivery, and skilled delivery as seen by an initial apparent performance drop. ANC coverage, PNC coverage, percent of women tested for syphilis during first ANC visit, and clinical bundles continued with signals of improved care quality with upward trend (see charts).

Conclusions Initial results are promising regarding program delivery and indicate high levels of facility-level QI activities, as well as initial signals of improved data and service quality in key maternal newborn health services.

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4 visit ANC

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Postnatal care within 48 hours

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Skilled birth attendance

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Syphilis testing in ANC

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100% completion of ‘on admission’ bundle

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100% completion of ‘before pushing’ bundle

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100% completion of ‘soon after birth’ bundle

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