​​ ​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.

Our Goal
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

Professional Development Program, Experto en Mejora Continua: September 2018

​​​​In this 10-month program, participants will immediately apply their science of improvement knowledge and competence in a specific project in their organization (entry requirement). The didactic and coaching support is aimed at facilitating the planning and execution of strategic projects in participants' organizations. After an initial preparation call in September 2018, three face-to-face Learning Sessions (October 2018, January 2019, May 2019) will be held at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, which will be complemented by virtual coaching.

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Reducing Hospital Induced Infections in 120 Public Hospitals in Brazil

In partnership with the Ministry of Health and the 5 excellence hospitals (Hospital Albert Einstein, Hospital Moinhos de Vento, Hospital Sírio Libanês, Hospital do Coração, Hospital Oswaldo Cruz) (PROADI) Brazil, in early December 2017, we successfully began a project with 120 public hospitals all across Brazil with an aim to reduce the number of VAP, CLABSI and CAUTI by 50%. The project, in its' first phase will run until February 2019.

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.