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This session will convene leading experts to address the critical issue of measuring and improving quality of healthcare in low income settings. In order to improve the health of the world's population, we need to increase access to healthcare and simultaneously ensure that the care provided is of sufficiently high quality (i.e. care that is safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable). Healthcare systems need to think beyond access and coverage of healthcare services; they need to start measuring and systematically improving quality of healthcare in LMICs. This session of leading international experts will:
Discuss and debate the best approaches to measurement of healthcare quality.
Give examples of quality improvement programs that have worked or failed through case study lessons.
Explore quality of care in private versus public sectors.
Explain the use of quality dashboards, audits and tools, and their likely impact on quality.
Give strategies for understanding and overcoming the pervasive know-do gap (i.e. gap between what healthcare providers know, and what they actually do in practice).
Jishnu Das, Lead Economist, World Bank, Washington DC
David Eidelman, Dean of Medicine and Vice-Principal Health Affairs, McGill University, Montreal
Mary-Ann Etiebet, Executive Director, Merk for Mothers, NJ, USA
Sebastien Bauhoff, Research Fellow, Center for Global Development, Washington, DC
Ashish Jha, Director, Harvard Global Health Institute; Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston
Margaret Kruk, Associate Professor of Global Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston
Charles Larson, National Coordinator, Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR)
Madhukar Pai, Director, McGill Global Health Programs, McGill University, Montreal
David Peters, Chair, International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore
In outlining his vision for U.S. development assistance, US Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green has emphasized fidelity to an overarching purpose—ending its need to exist. Consistent with this objective, USAID has been developing a new strategic approach that seeks to more systematically orient its programming toward building countries’ capacity to plan, finance, and manage their own development. A key component of this “journey to self-reliance” framework is a set of metrics that will help assess each country’s progress along their journey. The metrics will help inform strategic planning around the nature of USAID’s partnership with the country, shape development dialogue, and help inform thinking about strategic transitions.
Five members of the Zimbabwe Working Group traveled to Harare May 20-25 to meet with the government, opposition leaders, and a wide range of business, religious, and civil society organizations to assess prospects for free and fair elections and for meaningful political and economic reform. Please join us to hear from the delegation as they share their findings and recommendations for US policy.
For over a decade, Boko Haram has waged a campaign of terror across northeastern Nigeria. In 2014, the kidnapping of 276 girls in Chibok shocked the world, giving rise to the #BringBackOurGirls movement. Yet Boko Haram’s campaign of violence against women and girls goes far beyond the Chibok abductions. From its inception, the group has systematically exploited women to advance its aims. Perhaps more disturbing still, some Nigerian women have chosen to become active supporters of the group, even sacrificing their lives as suicide bombers. These events cannot be understood without first acknowledging the long-running marginalization of women in Nigerian society. Having conducted extensive fieldwork throughout the region, Matfess provides a vivid and thought-provoking account of Boko Haram’s impact on the lives of Nigerian women, as well as the wider social and political context that fuels the group’s violence.
In Navigation by Judgment, Dan Honig argues that high-quality implementation of foreign aid programs often requires contextual information that cannot be seen by those in distant headquarters. Tight controls and a focus on reaching pre-set measurable targets often prevent front-line workers from using skill, local knowledge, and creativity to solve problems in ways that maximize the impact of foreign aid.