WHO GLL Webinar: Twinning Partnerships for Improvement –Quality Improvement for improved practice

12 March, 2020

Twinning Partnerships for Improvement

Quality Improvement for improved practice

Global Learning Laboratory Webinar

This webinar is hosted in partnership with the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET)


Each year, between 5.7 and 8.4 million people are dying due to poor quality care in low- and middle-income countries, counting for up to 15 percent of overall deaths in these countries. The sustainable development goals (SDGs) place quality as a central UHC consideration. SDG target 3.8 calls on countries to achieve UHC, including financial risk protection alongside access to quality essential health care services. One way WHO is working to achieve this is by supporting twinning partnerships, which can advance health service improvement in countries through collaboration, co-development and sharing of knowledge to enhance quality. Together with THET, WHO is supporting partnerships to improve quality of care and share knowledge to ensure the quality of health services being delivered.

Institutional Health Partnerships are currently applying quality improvement (QI) tools to improve quality of health care across the world. Many different methods are used based on the specificities of the partnership. These include a range of approaches such as broad clinical governance mechanisms; peer review and clinical audit; individual feedback; supervision and training; clinical decision support tools based on guidelines; multidisciplinary learning, collaborative and team-based improvement cycles. The significant experience that already exists can inform other partnerships.

THET has opened a call for Institutional Health Partnerships [https://www.thet.org/get-involved/surveys/] to share current examples of quality improvement tools, resources or training methods. The aim is to explore how quality interventions are leading to measurable improvement in the quality of processes or health service outcomes, how these improvement activities are sustained and whether or not these interventions have been scaled up to other parts of the system.

This 60-minute training webinar will provide an opportunity to hear initial findings from the call launched by THET and learn from real examples of how healthcare practitioners are utilising quality improvement methodologies to improve practice. The webinar will also provide an opportunity to place this learning within the context of the work of the WHO on twinning partnerships for improvement.

Learning Objectives:

The webinar will allow participants to:

Learn about the role institutional health partnerships play in improving the quality of health services

Learn from the frontline about the experience of implementing quality improvement through institutional health partnerships and the impact they have had on practice as well as the contribution to the overall health service and system

Learn about the technical resources available from WHO on Twinning Partnerships for Improvement

Intended audience:

Frontline workers, Administrators, Policy-makers, Partnership focal points


March 25th, 2020 at 15:00 CET (Geneva time)

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