Project aims to enhance access to services for mothers and newborns across diverse communities
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) launched its first development project on maternal health and neonatal care in Bangladesh on Saturday.
The Designing Maternal & Newborn Spaces for Quality of Care project will be implemented by IHI in partnership with MASS Design, icddr,b and Shimantik. It is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
During the inauguration at Lakeshore Hotel in Dhaka, speakers said the project aims to guide the global Maternal and Newborn Health (MNH) community to engage in the design and construction of MNH facilities to improve accessibility, utilization, experience, and outcomes of MNH care and decrease maternal/neonatal mortality rates.
Moreover, the initiative will also assist policymakers with plans for updating healthcare centers to improve quality of maternal and newborn care and provide a guide for.
The project will be run in Ethiopia and Bangladesh simultaneously.
The launching event was followed by an interactive discussion with Professor Dr. Mohammod Shahidullah, Chairman, Department of Neonatology, BSMMU; President, Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council (BMDC) and Chairperson, NTWC NBH; and chief of the National Technical Advisory Committee on Covid-19; Prof. Dr. Nasima Sultana, Additional Director General, DGHS; and Dr. Md. Shamsul Haque, Director, DGHS and Line Director on MNCAH, DGHS and other representatives from different health directorates, development partners and professional bodies, moderated by IHI Bangladesh’s Country Director Minara Chowdhury.
IHI, a USA based international organization, started its work in Bangladesh in 2018 as part of a consortium. Its Quality Improvement in healthcare services component has been well accepted by the Bangladesh government, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare as well as relevant stakeholders.