IHI's Work in Africa
IHI’s portfolio of activities across Africa support governments and partners as they work to close the gap between what is and what could be in population health outcomes. Areas of focus for our work are chosen based on the most pressing need of a region or health system and include supporting Ministries of Health in developing National Quality Strategies, running capability-building activities and QI trainings to develop QI skills for staff at all levels of the health system, and leading Collaboratives and other QI approaches aimed at improving outcomes in several priority areas such as maternal and child health, mental health, TB, HIV/AIDS, and health systems strengthening.
IHI’s work in Africa, in conjunction with our partners, aims to achieve large-scale and sustainable improvement in health outcomes to address the gaps in care provided. We do this by providing large-scale programming both in individual countries and across countries in the region, supporting development of quality strategies, building local improvement capability, and developing a regionalized cost and quality methodology.
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Africa Hospital Patient Safety Initiative
IHI is working with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Ministries of Health to test and implement interventions for transforming patient safety practices in 10 African hospitals across three countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, and South Africa. The first patient safety program of its scope, the two-year initiative has two aims:
- Improve the quality and safety practices in hospitals by improving the practices, culture, leadership, and measurement systems; and
- Assist hospitals in achieving the WHO global aim of reducing severe avoidable medication-related harm by 25 percent in two years through improved safety knowledge and reliable care processes.