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Overview

For decades, IHI has been a world-renowned leader in health care improvement, teaching proven methodologies for making and sustaining change. In February 2018, IHI will bring its experience and expertise to Durban, South Africa for an unprecedented three-day conference — the first ever Africa Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare. Featuring presenters from throughout Africa and across the globe, this bold new conference has been specifically designed to address the unique challenges faced by the health care community living and working in Africa

 
Whether you are a health system leader, policy-maker, health care professional, student, NGO representative, or patient advocate, this conference will provide you with the tools and techniques you need to make measurable progress in your facility or organization. This conference is for individuals working in both the private AND public health care sectors. You will learn from innovative quality improvement initiatives that have improved health outcomes in Africa, and have the opportunity to extensively network with your peers to share successes and challenges.

 
The conference will feature four empowering keynote addresses — including Don Berwick, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow at IHI, and Derek Feeley, IHI’s Chief Executive Officer — and a myriad of small group workshops. With the conference content tailored specifically to the needs of developing countries, you will find comprehensive strategies for addressing topics such as:
  • ​Building improvement skills and capability
  • Engaging leaders, health workers, and others in quality improvement work
  • New methods of measurement and data analysis
  • High-impact leadership 
  • Improving maternal and child health
  • Preventing and treating infectious/communicable diseases  
  • Strategies for better person- and family-centered care
  • Solutions to ensure patient and staff safety
  • Ideas to increase equity
  • Suggestions for strengthening public health systems
The cost for this unparalleled three-day conference will be $450 for participants based in Africa, and $750 for those coming from other continents​. We urge you to make plans early, to ensure that you don’t miss your opportunity to participate in this important event. Mark your calendar, ​allocate your budget, and be sure to share your plans with friends and colleagues.​

Check out this video of what you can expect in Durban

IHI's work in Africa


Profiles in Improvement: Dr. Hema Magge, IHI Country Director, Ethiopia

Magge_Hema.jpg Hema Magge, MD, MS, is Country Director for IHI’s work in Ethiopia. Based in IHI’s first Africa office, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Dr. Magge is leading a program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies to reduce maternal and newborn mortality in Ethiopia. Over the next two-and-a-half years, IHI and its partners will support the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health in an ambitious agenda to rapidly close gaps in national health outcomes through the coordination of quality planning, quality assurance, and quality improvement.

Read more about Dr. Magge and her improvement story here.  

Project Fives Alive! in Ghana

Project Fives Alive! began in 2008 and ended in 2015. A collaboration between IHI and the National Catholic Health Service, the focus of the project was to assist Ghana in achieving Millennium Development Goal 4 (reducing morbidity and mortality in children under five).

Learn more about large-scale improvement in Ghana in the IHI publication, Lessons Learned from Ghana's Project Fives Alive!.

Ghana Launches a Five-Year Quality Strategy

Recently, Ghana’s Health Ministry has launched a five-year National Healthcare Quality Strategy that envisions a health system that places the client at the center of health care and ensures continuously improved measurable health outcomes. Sodzi Sodzi-Tettey, MD, MPH, IHI's Head of Africa Region, elaborates on this five-year strategy and shares his thoughts.

Read Dr. Sodzi-Tettey's blog post here

 

To learn more about IHI's work in Africa, please visit our Africa Team page