Eliminating MTCT at scale: A six country collaboration using performance improvement methods
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
: 9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Background: An ambitious goal has been set to eliminate MTCT in HIV high-burden countries. To achieve this goal, health systems will need to deliver complex eMTCT protocols at high levels of coverage. We describe a six-country learning network to apply those methods to test and rapidly scale-up highly effective eMTCT programmes. Methods: Ministries, funders, NGO partners, and multilateral organizations in six countries (Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Tanzania, South Africa, and Uganda) are collaborating under the Partnership for HIV-Free Survival to rapidly improve programming for EMTCT, accounting for WHO recommendations, focusing on postnatal EMTCT pathways and maternal/child nutrition. The two-year intervention aims for a 90% reduction in HIV transmission through breast-feeding (15% to 1%) with a proportionate improvement in child survival. Using QI methods, partners will develop a scalable district-based model of highly reliable EMTCT in two districts. A cross-country learning platform will accelerate the spread of knowledge. By project end, each country will have the knowledge and capability to spread their context-adapted model nationally. Results: Country teams will work together to develop strategies to rapidly enhance eMTCT performance, and report on learnings and common metrics for three drivers of district-based improvement: effective leadership/management, effective client-centered care for HIV infected/exposed mother-child pairs, and capacity to sustainably use continuous improvement methods. Discussion: The six-country learning platform will be launched in South Africa in March 2013, followed by country-based performance improvement interventions. The learning from this collaboration will be quickly analyzed and disseminated to other countries through multiple mechanisms, and through a formal evaluation.
Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health
Describe a six-country learning network and how to apply quality improvement methods to test and rapidly scale-up highly effective eMTCT programmes.
Keyword(s): HIV/AIDS, Maternal and Child Health
Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been supporting IHI's work in global public health for almost six years. I helped developed the strategy for the EMTCT Collaborative being presented and have supported the project since it began.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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