IHI is working with health sector stakeholders in Latin America, from students to senior leaders, to generate actions that lead to tangible improvements in safety and quality to address existing health and health care gaps.
To support delivery systems and governments throughout the region in closing existing gaps, IHI partners in co-design and implementation efforts by responding to requests to serve as a convener for improvement efforts and networks; provides a platform and serves as a catalyst for health and health care improvement innovation; and, most importantly, drives significant improvement results.
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In the Spotlight
Spreading Successful Approaches to Reduce Unnecessary C-Sections in Brazil
Building on the work of Projeto Parto Adequado, which successfully increased the rate of vaginal birth from 21.6% to 38% over 18 months in 26 public and private hospitals, IHI and Brazil’s Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein have received $1.5 million in funding from Merck for Mothers for Phase II of the project to spread the methods used and lessons learned to an additional 137 hospitals across Brazil.
Reducing One of the World's Highest C-Section Rates
Unnecessary cesarean sections result in longer recovery times for women and more intensive care for babies than vaginal births. A project called
Parto Adequado — a partnership between IHI, the Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, and the Brazilian National Regulatory Agency — is achieving great success in reducing medically unnecessary C-section procedures in Brazil, a country with one of the world's highest C-section rates.
New Frontiers for QI Methods: Improving Early Education in Chile
Learn how a large-scale initiative in Chile is using quality improvement methods to improve educational outcomes and health for children in vulnerable communities.
Adios Bacteriemias: Improving Patient Safety across Latin America
In many parts of Latin America, the quality improvement (QI) and patient safety movement is just getting started. But one project, known as Adios Bacteriemias, has made remarkable progress using QI: 111 intensive care units (ICUs) in 40 participating hospitals in seven countries have reduced central line-associated bloodstream infections by 43 percent, improving patient safety in ICUs across Latin America.