Maternal Health

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EnCompass is responsible for guiding and monitoring the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) program’s global capacity-strengthening efforts, in partnership with ICF International. Since 1984, the DHS program has provided technical assistance for more than 300 demographic and health surveys in 90 countries. The program has a longstanding reputation for technical leadership in data collection, analysis, dissemination, and capacity building. The DHS program partners with country counterparts to build capacity all along the survey continuum.

Mother and child

EnCompass conducted an evaluation of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF). MHTF serves as a space for convening, sharing information and knowledge, and developing mechanisms to promote and publicize findings in maternal health innovative models. The EnCompass-led evaluation:

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EnCompass was an evaluation and learning partner for Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives (SNL) program, a globally recognized leader in newborn health supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. SNL works in 18 countries to advocate for and bring high-impact newborn services and practices to scale. One of EnCompass’ responsibilities was to ensure that monitoring and evaluation approaches and activities consider the impacts of all global, regional, and national stakeholders.

Infant Health Check Up

EnCompass designed and implemented the evaluation of the quality improvement methodology, the improvement collaboratives model. This innovative rapid improvement approach to healthcare planning and delivery is focused on monitoring, knowledge sharing, and the refinement of standards to address local operational obstacles. The evaluation team documented the collaboratives model in 14 countries as applied to maternal health, HIV/AIDS, and hospital-based pediatrics.

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EnCompass designed and implemented 17 field-based studies to understand and document costs, and to assess and improve the cost-effectiveness of specific quality improvement approaches and methodologies applied by improvement collaboratives in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Studies focus on HIV/AIDS and maternal, child, and neonatal health initiatives.

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Report Cover

In 2001, HCI developed a framework consisting of seven elements contributing to the institutionalization of improvement at the national, regional/provincial, district, and service delivery levels. This technical report presents the findings from a preliminary assessment of institutionalization across 15 HCI-supported countries, followed by a discussion of HCI’s recommendations for future research and implementation activities to promote sustained institutionalization of improvement at all levels of care in each assisted country.

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