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USAID Maternal & Child Centers of Excellence: Executive Summary 2009-2014


February 26, 2014

The purpose of the Maternal & Child Centers of Excellence Project, implemented from February 2009 through February 2014, was to assist the Government of the Dominican Republic in its efforts to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity by expanding access to and utilization of maternal and child services through improvements in the quality and efficiency of the services. To achieve this goal, the project focused on developing Centers of Excellence with integrated health systems to improve the quality of maternal and child health services in ten strategically selected hospitals and three Provincial Health Directorates (DPS). By disseminating their lessons learned and best practices, the centers will contribute to the country’s achievement of equal access to sustainable and quality services for every mother and child. This report summarizes the approach of each of the project’s interventions, as well as the intervention’s achievements, lessons learned, and ways to encourage its sustainability and institutionalization. It also includes a list of available documents that describe the methods used in hospitals and in the DPS, the Certification System, and the technical guides applied in each process.

Latin America & the Caribbean