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Institute for Healthcare Improvement launches its journey in Bangladesh

  • Press release
  • 24th October, 2021 03:21:03 PM
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USA based international organisation, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) launched its first development project in Bangladesh with Shimantikduring an event at Lakeshore Hotel on Saturday (23-10-2021).

The project titled Designing Maternal & Newborn Spaces for Quality of Care focuses on quality healthcare services through built environment. By built environment it means how maternal and newborn care related health services in the healthcare centers can ensure patient-centric services while ensuring proper utilization of the spaces inside and outside. IHI believes that ensuring the center’s design, location and referral systems can enhance service utilization for mothers and newborns across diverse communities and from underserved areas to avail standard and quality healthcare services.

Earlier, IHI started its work in Bangladesh in 2018 as part of a consortium. Its Quality Improvement in healthcare services component has driven a lot of attention within this sector and its work has been well accepted by the relevant stakeholders from the Bangladesh government, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, development partners and professional bodies.

Following its success, the organization started this new project in two countries- Ethiopia and Bangladesh simultaneously. For Bangladesh, it is implemented by IHI in partnership with MASS Design, icddr,b and Shimantik, funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Its aim is to improve women’s experience of care for which the project will help health policymakers decide how best to update healthcare centers in both these countries to improve quality of maternal and newborn care and provide a guide for the global Maternal and Newborn Health(MNH) community to engage in the design and construction of MNH facilities to improve accessibility, utilization, experience, and outcomes of MNH care and decrease maternal/neonatal mortality rates.

The launching event followed by an interactive discussion was attended by Professor Dr. Mohammod Shahidullah, Chairman, Department of Neonatology, BSMMU; President, Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council (BMDC) and Chairperson, NTWC NBH; and chief of the National Technical Advisory Committee on COVID-19;Prof. Dr. Nasima Sultana, Additional Director General, DGHS; and Dr. Md. Shamsul Haque, Director, DGHS and Line Director on MNCAH, DGHS and other representatives from different health directorates, development partners and professional bodies. IHI Bangladesh’s country director Minara Chowdhury moderated the discussion.