Tell us about your partnerships
Strong advocates of the introduction of this quality improvement initiative include primary care practitioners at the local level – nurses, matrons, sisters, midwives, public health nurses, community health workers, and physicians. Nationally, the Ministry of Health works closely with the National Women’s commission, University of Belize, and our network of regional/community hospitals. We are also work in collaboration with our international partners including, USAID Health Care Improvement project staff, the Pan-American Health Organization/World Health Organization, UNICEF, and others.
Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your innovation? If so, where and why?
We hope to target care providers in the country who have not yet embraced the initiative (primarily those in Northern Belize). Additionally, representatives from the private sector that participated in the most recent learning session recognized the effectiveness of the intervention and are now in the process of initiating the same in their health facilities.
What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?
Implementation of a quality improvement initiative in maternal and neonatal care worked in Belize. Through the introduction of a collaborative, comprehensive, objective, simple and easy to follow method, by staff at all levels, we achieved results. This project can be easily replicated in the remaining hospitals and polyclinics in Belize and, potentially, other developing countries around the world. Through the use of the model we have not only reduced morbidity and mortality; we have built capacity within the system.
This project was done with existing staff and resources available - not one extra penny was used to implement the initiative. Although there is shortage of staff countrywide, the message is clear; compliance with protocols improved maternal and neonatal health outcomes.
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