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Quality of maternal and prenatal care: bridging the know-do gap

Objective

Besides a dramatic lack of financial and human resources in developing countries, health care is additionally endangered by quality deficiencies caused by low staff motivation. This lack of motivation leads to an insufficient translation of knowledge into optimal utilization of resources. The “know-do” gap represents a challenge that must be addressed to strengthen health services performance towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This is in particular true for some sensitive sectors like pre-natal and maternal health care. General objective of this research is to improve maternal health through better pre-natal and maternal care services offered by better motivated health workers. A computer-assisted clinical decision support system (CDSS) will be developed, implemented and tested aiming at (I) quality improvement of maternal and newborn care and (II) assessment of provider’s performance. Based on this tool a commonly agreed incentive scheme to increase motivation will be shaped and tested in three SSA - countries, namely Burkina, Ghana, and Tanzania. The incentive scheme might contain both non-monetary and monetary incentives and will be designed according to the human resource policy in the three countries. The planned approach is an implementation study with control arms containing one hospital and 6 first line health facilities in each of the study districts and an equal number of facilities in the control arm. A set of indicators for measurement of changes in quality of delivered services will be identified in order to follow up the sustainability and effectiveness of the strategies after their implementation. The study findings will allow understanding the important factors of staff motivation and facilitate adequate management for improvement of maternal and neonatal health care. “Knowing is not enough, we must apply; Wanting to do, is not enough, we must do it ” - J.W. v. Goethe

Call for proposal

FP7-HEALTH-2007-B
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITATSKLINIKUM HEIDELBERG
Address
Im Neuenheimer Feld 672
69120 Heidelberg
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 697 320
Administrative Contact
Thorsten Brietz (Mr.)

Participants (5)

UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 350 500
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nathalie Vandepitte (Ms.)
CENTRE DE RECHERCHE EN SANTE DE NOUNA
Burkina Faso
EU contribution
€ 502 636
Address
Bp 02
13 Nouna
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Casimir Ouerraogo (Mr.)
GHANA HEALTH SERVICE
Ghana
EU contribution
€ 493 492
Address
Catherdral Square Adabraka
NA Accra
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
John E. O. Williams (Dr.)
KAROLINSKA INSTITUTET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 397 020
Address
Nobels Vag 5
17177 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christina Bergehed-Bonnevier (Ms.)
MUHIMBILI UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH AND ALLIED SCIENCES
Tanzania
EU contribution
€ 474 260
Address
United Nations Road
65001 Dar Es Salaam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Melkizedeck Thomas Leshabari (Prof.)