• Oct. 23, 2017

    Blog: Eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV through quality improvement and health systems strengthening

    Eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV through quality improvement and health systems strengthening By Kehinde Balogun    “There are four prongs of quality and four ways to improve quality of product and service: innovation in product and service; innovation in process; improvement of existing product and service; improvement of existing process” – Edwards W. Deming   The context: I currently work as a Quality Improvement Specialist on the SUSTAIN Project. The main focus of the project is prevention, care and treatment of people living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria. As the implementing body of the SUSTAIN project in Nigeria,   Caritas Nigeria operates with health partners and faith-based health care centres across the country to improve the livelihood of people living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria. A component of the prevention programme is the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT). The story: Some months ago, while reviewing performance data on PMTCT in some of ...

  • Sept. 27, 2017

    WHO/Europe call for "Stories from the field"

    Stories from the Field is a special news series devoted to profiling innovations in health services delivery across the WHO European Region. The stories recognize the work and achievements of individuals, teams, organizations, patients and health professionals who have found ways to improve services to serve people and populations better.The stories are intended to inspire managers and health professionals to engage in the transformation of health services. If you have a story you would like to share with us, please contact the WHO European Centre for Primary Health Care at

  • Sept. 26, 2017

    Request for proposals: Primary health care research and implementation in low and middle income countries to accelerate improvement

    In collaboration with The Primary Health Care Performance Initiative (PHCPI) and the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (“the Alliance”) at the World Health Organization, with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Ariadne Labs is developing a Primary Health Care Measurement and Implementation Research Consortium. This Consortium will bring together researchers and policy makers from multiple disciplines representing academic institutions, government agencies, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations to accelerate progress in primary health care (PHC) research in low and middle-income countries (LMIC). The Research Consortium is issuing a request for proposals (RFP) to develop a report on the gaps in measurement and improvement and approaches to address these knowledge gaps in one of four areas critical to effective PHC in these settings.  These priority areas were identified during an expert stakeholders meeting and are: Quality, safety, and performance management; PHC policies and governance; Organization and models of ...

  • Sept. 25, 2017

    Launch of new WHO and UNICEF "Network for improving quality of care for maternal, newborn and child health (Quality of Care Network)"

    WHO and UNICEF have launched a new "Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (Quality of Care Network)". The vision of the Quality of Care Network is that every pregnant woman, newborn and child receives good quality care in health services, with the ambitious goal to halve maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths in health facilities within five years in the participating countries. The Quality of Care Network is underpinned by the values of quality, equity and dignity. It will look at quality of care both in the way it is delivered by health workers, and experienced by patients.What will the Network do? Focus on national leadership by strengthening national and district governance quality of care structures, and helping develop national plans and advocacy strategies for improving quality of care. Accelerate action by adapting and adopting WHO’s eight Standards for improving quality of ...

  • Sept. 25, 2017

    Call for papers: Primary Health Care in the Americas: 40 years after Alma-Ata (WHO Pan American Journal of Public Health)

    In 1978, WHO Member States agreed on a set of principles at Alma-Ata to protect and promote the health of all people by articulating primary health care as the guiding principle of a comprehensive health system. Since then, countries of the Americas have witnessed tremendous progress, economic growth, and improvements to their health systems. Despite this, many challenges remain in the Region including poverty and inequities, barriers to accessing health, inefficient models of care, segmentation of health systems, fragmentation of services, insufficient health financing, and weak governance and leadership. It is now time to take stock of efforts and the substantial implementation of policies and programs over the past forty years. The Pan American Journal of Public Health, published by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is seeking papers for a special issue to commemorate the 40-year anniversary of Alma-Ata and its influence in the Americas. Key topics Strategies ...

  • Sept. 22, 2017

    Call for applications: ISQua Emerging Leader Programme

    The International Society for Quality in Health Care is offering applicants from developing countries or countries with economies in transition, an opportunity to apply for its Emerging Leaders Programme 2017 - 2018. Training and supporting emerging leaders from Low or Lower Middle Income Coutries (LMICs) is a means of advancing quality and safety in healthcare in those countries through geometric progression. Strategically placed leaders have a capacity to transfer knowledge, ideas and skills to groups of those they are in a position to influence who in turn may transfer knowledge to extended groups. Each year, one applicant will be chosen by our Committee as the Emerging Leader. This year for the first time the successful candidate may have the opportunity of being hosted as an Intern in the World Health Organization (WHO) Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland. The Emerging Leader Programme will be tailored for the successful candidate and they will also be ...

  • Sept. 15, 2017

    Lancet Commission on the future of health in sub-Saharan Africa: “People-centred health systems are the way forward”

    “A framework shift is needed to deliver better health outcomes through people-centred health systems, with a focus on prevention, primary care and public health” is a key message in a new report by the Lancet Commission on the Future of Health in Sub-Saharan Africa. Action towards this will contribute to the vision of the Commission that by 2030, Africans should have the same opportunities for long and healthy lives that new technologies, well-functioning health systems, and good governance offer people living on other continents. Read full report:    

  • Sept. 7, 2017

    Launch of new community of practice on change management

    One of the greatest challenges for healthcare is transforming services to suit the needs of patients and to improve delivery of care. The concept of integrated care is not new, but to achieve fully integrated care pathway for patients, transformation is essential. Change management is a key skill required for any individual trying to improve and change the way a healthcare system currently operates. Change is disruptive, inconvenient and people are not happy moving from their comfort zones and “what already works”. The aim of this community of practice for change management is to support colleagues and share experiences in implementing new healthcare services and technology, or changing the way care is currently delivered. The CoP is a support tool for those who have specific questions on change management, but is also a platform for sharing experiences and challenges. It will be a place to celebrate success and to share ...

  • Sept. 7, 2017

    Photo story: Transforming primary care services in Kazakhstan

    (Original article published by WHO Regional Office for Europe) Kazakhstan is on track to achieve the global target of a 25% reduction in premature mortality from NCDs by 2025. Currently, however, it has one of the highest rates of premature mortality in the WHO European Region. In 2013, the main causes of years of life lost due to premature death in Kazakhstan were ischaemic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease and self-harm. Dietary risks, high systolic blood pressure and high body mass index are the highest ranked risk factors for disease burden, measured in disability-adjusted life years. To tackle this burden of non-communicable diseases, Kazakhstan is investing in the transformation of its primary care services to become more people-centred and integrated. For the full photo story, please visit the WHO Regional Office for Europe webpage:   

  • Sept. 7, 2017

    African Health Ministers commit to attain universal health coverage

    (Original article published by WHO Regional Office for Africa:  Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, 30 August 2017 - African health ministers meeting in Zimbabwe for the 67th Session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee have adopted a range of actions intended to strengthen health systems in countries and eventually lead to Universal Health Coverage (UHC). UHC means that all individuals and communities receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardship. It enables everyone to access the services that address the most important causes of disease and death, and ensures that these services are of sufficient quality to be effective. UHC is the eighth target under Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 that was adopted in September 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly to guide global development by 2030. To achieve UHC, WHO advises Member States to build strong and resilient health systems ...