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Ensuring Quality Health Services: Complex Issues, Emerging Opportunities


Thursday, January 23, 2020 9:00 am - 10:00 am EST
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Improving access to health services is not enough to improve population health: the quality of care must also be improved. Many low- and middle-income countries have made progress in the pursuit of quality, but much work remains to ensure that all patients–including women and children, socially marginalized individuals and those living in underserved areas–can walk into a community health clinic knowing they will receive safe, high-quality, evidence-based care.

Please join us for the “Working Towards Sustainable Health Systems” webinar series, during which we’ll bring together international health systems experts to discuss new developments and pressing issues. In this first installment, our guests will discuss opportunities to move forward in the governance-of-quality field.

SPEAKERS

Dr. Ernest Konadu Asiedu, National Quality Manager, Ministry of Health, Ghana
Dr. Asiedu will discuss the establishment of Ghana’s new Quality Management Unit and National Quality Technical Committee, including the development of a pre-service curriculum on quality and safety and development of national standards for facility licensing.

Dr. Sodzi Sodzi-Tettey, Executive Director and Head of the Africa Region, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Dr. Sodzi-Tettey will speak about IHI’s experiences helping 10 countries develop and implement national quality strategies. He’ll also share lessons from a recently concluded five-country case study of Scotland, Ethiopia, Mexico, Nigeria and Ghana. 

Dr. Carlos Cuellar, Vice President, International Development, Abt Associates
Dr. Cuellar will discuss Abt’s experience supporting the Jordan Ministry of Health’s efforts to improve the quality of integrated primary health care and reproductive, maternal, and newborn care by building the capacity of managerial and clinical staff in primary health care centers and hospitals.   

Midori de Habich, Technical Director, USAID Local Health System Sustainability Project (LHSS), Abt Associates; Former Minister of Health, Peru
As technical director of USAID’s new flagship health systems strengthening project—LHSS—Ms. De Habich will serve as the event moderator, leading panelists through a stimulating conversation about current and future work to advance governance of quality.

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