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SafeCare basic healthcare standards

SafeCare: internationally accredited healthcare standards

Sub-Saharan Africa has a shortage of institutions and standards to ensure objective and comparable measurement of healthcare quality. SafeCare basic healthcare standards was founded to fill this gap. The internationally accredited standards make it possible to measure, rate and benchmark the level of quality, safety and risk at healthcare providers.

SafeCare comprises a unique set of ISQua accredited healthcare standards, specifically created for healthcare providers in developing countries. SafeCare has defined 13 service elements in healthcare delivery. Each service element contains a number of criteria that are assessed in order to ascertain the level of compliance with the standards. The service elements vary from laboratory services, medication management to human resource management and management of information. The complete list of service elements can be found here.

The International healthcare standards offer an array of benefits for providers, payers and patients alike. The standards:

  • generate accurate data for patients which they can use for informed decision making for their health seeking behavior
  • provide objective benchmarking information for healthcare providers about their performance and priorities for improvement
  • give investors and financial institutes reliable data about the risks of their investment and structured inputs for their investment plans
  • support governments to introduce effective and transparent policy and regulatory frameworks through licensing, certification, and accreditation mechanisms

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SafeCare Progress Reports

Here you can find the SafeCare progress reports.

SAFECARE
Progress Report 2013
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SAFECARE
Progress Report 2014
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