Profiles in Improvement: Early Care-Seeking: The St. Francis Xavier Hospital (Ghana) Approach

St. Francis Xavier Hospital, Ghana
St. Francis Xavier Hospital
Assin Fosu, Central Region, Ghana


St. Francis Xavier Hospital is located in Assin Fosu in the Central Region of Ghana. It is one of the nine National Catholic Health Service hospitals that participated in the innovation and testing phase of the Wave 3 Improvement Collaborative Network as part of Project Fives Alive!, a multi-year project in Ghana that aims to reduce mortality in children less than five years of age.
The hospital has a five-member QI team led by Dr. Ernest Asiedu.
In this video, Dr. Asiedu and his team describe the hospital’s approach to early care-seeking as part of the QI work to reduce mortality in children less than five years of age.
Topics include:
  • Using data to understand the major causes of under-5 mortality
  • Developing a triage system in the hospital to identify children in need of immediate care
  • Reaching out to educate the local community about the importance of bringing sick children to the hospital
  • The importance of teamwork in quality improvement (QI)
  • How to apply QI in low-resource settings


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