Dear HIFA members, We cordially invite you to a technical session on Thursday. We hope you can join us. Please help us spread the word.
The Health Research Program is hosting a technical session at the Global Health Science and Practice Technical Exchange (GHTechX) on April 22 at 11:00 am EDT titled Arrive to Survive and Thrive: Strengthening referral linkages between health facilities for MNCH care in LMICs. The session is led by the Kampala Slum Maternal and Newborn health (MaNe) Project and Acute Care and Emergency referral systems (ACERS) Consortium.
Common reasons for emergency maternal and newborn health referrals in Ghana and Uganda include lack of capacity to manage MNCH cases either due to shortage of equipment/supplies, or inadequate capacity to perform major surgeries. Both Ghana and Uganda lack comprehensive policies and guidelines for coordination and communication between referring and receiving facilities during referrals. Two USAID-funded projects, Kampala Slum Maternal and Newborn health (MaNe) Project in Uganda and the Acute Care and Emergency Referral Systems (ACERS) Project in Ghana, are conducting implementation research to: A) establish emergency call (EC) and emergency dispatch centres (EDCs) to facilitate MNCH referrals; B) develop and test smartphone applications for initiating referral, tracking and deployment of ambulances, and providing feedback to referring facilities; and C) increase community demand for quality emergency obstetrics and newborn care. Preliminary findings indicate that EC and EDCs have: 1) the potential to improve referral coordination and accountability; and 2) appear feasible, acceptable and sustainable to health system managers. Moving forward, MaNe will work to integrate the ECs into existing health management information systems in Uganda, while ACERS will coordinate with the National Ambulance Service and Ghana Health Service to facilitate integration of the EDC approach at the district level.
By the end of the presentation we want participants to identify and be able to address key considerations in development and use of smart phone application for improving maternal and newborn health referral system
By the end of the presentation we want participants to understand key considerations in establishment of an emergency call and dispatch centre to improve coordination and transportation of MNCH referrals
Dr. Daniel Okello Ayen, Director, Public Health and Environment Kampala Capital City Authority, Co-PI, MaNe Project
Dr. Mohammed Ali, Project Director and Co-PI, ACERS Project
Dr. Yvonne Kidza Mugerwa, Project Director and Co-PI, MaNe Project
Dr. Koku Awoonor-Williams, Consultant/ACERS Project
Sara Sulzbach, Senior Research Advisor, USAID Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition
Click here to register for the event and access the full agenda. https://ghtechx.conference.tc/
HIFA profile: Sara Holtz is Communities of Practice and MNCH Advisor, CIRCLE Project, Social Solutions International. She coordinates global communities of practice for possible serious bacterial infection (PSBI), care-seeking & referral for MNCH in developing countries, and urban MNCH in sub-Saharan Africa for USAID's Health Research Program. For information: https://www.harpnet.org/communities-of-practice/ sholtz AT socialsolutions.biz