Quality (41) Introduction: Zewdie Mulissa - Improving maternal and newborn quality of care - Data quality improvement

22 June, 2021

I am a public health physician (MD, MPH), certified healthcare Improvement Advisor (IA) and Fellow of the International Society for Quality in a Health Care (FISQua) with an early stage research experience. Recently, I monitored a large collaborative quality improvement project meant to reduce maternal and newborn mortality in Ethiopia. The project also involved embedded research on maternal and newborn health (MNH) quality of care (QOC), some publications of which are already available online including Effect of data quality improvement intervention on health management information system data accuracy: An interrupted time series analysis. [*see note below] Both maternal & newborn mortality remained high despite efforts made so far in my country. The tragically high maternal &newborn mortality is mainly due to poor quality of care.

My deep analysis of the problem during the practice & research on MNH quality of care (QoC) inspired me in developing a future career which combines research and public health practice in improving maternal and newborn quality of care in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs). Pursuing a graduate degree in Global Health will help me to have better understanding of global health methods to avert the problem & also generate evidence for actionfor policy makers in LMICs.  To this end, I developed a synopsis entitled “Improving maternal and newborn quality of care in Ethiopia: mixed methods approach” to pursue my higher degree research (PhD). I appreciate any support you could extend in this line.

Kind regards, Zewdie Mulissa (MD, MPH, FISQUA)

Senior Performance Monitoring and Improvement AdvisorIntraHealth International, Ethiopia project office, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.Tele: +251911806969, Email: zmulissa@yahoo.com, skype: zewdie. mulissa

HIFA profile: Zewdie Mulissa is Senior Performance Monitoring & Improvement Advisor at IntraHealth International, Ethiopia. Professional interests: Quality of Care; Monitoring; Evaluation. He is a member of the Catalyst Group for the WHO/HIFA project on Learning for quality health systems. https://www.hifa.org/projects/learning-quality-health-services

Email: zmulissa AT yahoo.com

[*Note from HIFA moderator (Neil PW): Thank you for sharing this Zewdie and it was good to meet you yesterday at the Catalyst Group meeting. For the benefit of others on HIFA, here is the link to the paper Zewdie mentions:

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0237703 The paper concludes 'A Data quality improvement initiative embedded within a clinical improvement collaborative improved accuracy of data used to monitor maternal and newborn health services in Ethiopia'. We look forward to hear more from HIFA members on how to support data quality at different levels of the health system.]