UCL Institute for Global Health
Evaluation of the Quality Improvement of Maternal and Neonatal Care in Malawi
The Health Foundation Consortium is implementing a 6-year maternal and neonatal health project in Malawi, running from 2005-2011. It aims to influence both the supply and demand side of health care by implementing a quality improvement in the health facilities and a women’s group intervention in the communities, respectively.
The quality improvement intervention aims to improve the quality of care for mothers and newborns at the health facilities through the implementation of change packages and running rapid action cycles or PDSA (Plan-Do-Study-Act) as they are commonly known.
The Women’s group (demand side) intervention is focused on community mobilisation through women’s group action cycles to improve maternal and neonatal health. The project is being implemented in three districts – Kasungu, Lilongwe and Salima, working closely with the Reproductive Health Unit (RFU) within the Ministry of Health.