The WHO Global Learning Laboratory (GLL) for Quality UHC and Healthcare Information For All (HIFA.org) are delighted to announce a new thematic discussion on HIFA: Learning for quality health services. The discussion starts on 28 June and will continue through to 20 August.
Quality of health services is critical to achieving universal health coverage (UHC): Between 5.7 and 8.4 million deaths are attributed to poor quality care each year in low- and middle-income countries, accounting for up to 15% of overall deaths in these countries. Improving access to health services must go hand in hand with improving the quality of these services. There is an urgent need to place quality at the centre of national-, district- and facility-level actions in order to progress towards UHC.
The discussion will explore in depth the following questions:
- What does quality of care mean to you, in your particular context? Why is it important to make the case for quality of care?
- From your experience, what might work best to enhance national commitment to quality of care? Have you seen any practical solutions that should be shared wider?
- From your experience, what are the biggest challenges for district health managers in tackling quality of care issues? Have you seen any practical solutions that should be shared wider?
- From your experience, what are the biggest challenges for improving quality of care at the facility level? Have you seen any practical solutions that should be shared wider?
Please forward this message to your contacts and networks and invite everyone to join us!
We have more than 60 HIFA members volunteering for this project. Also, we are introducing for the first time the concept of HIFA Catalysts, whose role is to stimulate comment and debate. We look forward to a rich discussion!