16 January 2013 | Global Maternal Health Conference 2013, Arusha, Tanzania
Hermida's presentation focused on the quality of maternal health care in Ecuador. Ecuador's MOH rolled out a national maternal care improvement program that incorporated tracking of new quality measures. Hermida discussed not only the results of that program, but also the implications for future use of this program. Hill shared strategies, specific kinds of indicators, and measurement methods used by HCI teams across 3 regions to monitor and improve institutional maternal care, with specific examples from Niger, Afghanistan and Ecuador. Quality measures and measurement approaches described in this value-based framework include measures of clinical effectiveness (routine and complications care), cost-effectiveness/efficiency, client-centered respectful care, safety (non-harmful), timeliness (no delays), equity (equivalent quality for all), accessibility, and coordination of care.
Moderator: Deborah Armbruster, USAID
Introducing and tracking maternal quality measures to drive country-level improvement: Lessons learned in Ecuador and ways forward
Jorge Hermida, University Research Company
Assessing quality of institutional maternal care: Needs in a post-MDG World
Kathleen Hill, USAID Health Care Improvement Project, University Research Company