Sunita Devi, (right) with her newborn baby at Government community health center (CHC) in Chanho, District Ranchi, Jharkhand, India, in October 2012. ©UNICEF/Sing
The Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal and Newborn Health (Quality of Care Network) just organized a webinar on ‘Quality improvement for newborn health: from local solutions to national learning network’.
Dr Vikram Datta, Director Professor, Department of Neonatology, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, presented how a medical college in New Delhi started using quality improvement (QI) techniques to address hypothermia in newborns and subsequently reduce newborn mortality. He explained how his team then gradually connected with other health professionals and spread its learnings and know how to create a self sustained learning network dedicated to QI for newborns.
To date, the National Quality of Care Network in India includes nine states and is working to expand its reach.
Dr Datta explained the prerequisites to establish such a network and encouraged participants to start their quality improvement work without waiting for more resources, staff or time.
His presentation was followed by a Q&A session, which we will shortly include below.