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Report on Quality of Care can Accelerate Global Efforts for Better Healthcare

A new report acknowledging the central role quality care must play in realizing meaningful universal health coverage (UHC) has been welcomed by PharmAccess Group. The report, which is the first ever joint global report from the OECD, WHO and the World Bank describes the essential role of delivering quality health services to achieving UHC, saying that poor-quality health services are increasing the burden of illness and health costs globally. It notes that the problem is particular acute in low to middle income countries as hospitalized patients are more likely to acquire an infection during their stay.

  • Jul 11, 2018

SafeCare makes it possible to judge substandard services in resource-restricted settings according to a set of internationally recognized standards. Its holistic approach to quality care assessment and certification of healthcare providers is already taking place in over 2,000 clinics in Kenya, Ghana, Namibia, Tanzania and Nigeria, making this report highly relevant to the SafeCare mission.

SafeCare’s work directly addresses a number of the report’s findings including better diagnostic processes and guiding documents – so clinics can have clear guidelines for common conditions, and infection prevention and controls – so fewer patients acquire infections when staying in hospitals.

Commenting on the report, Nicole Spieker, Managing Director of SafeCare said, “With the 2030 UHC deadline getting closer every day we cannot be complacent, now is the time to apply razor sharp focus on building quality into the foundation of health systems. Poor quality health care imposes additional expenditure on families and undermines efforts to reach UHC. SafeCare standards are designed to help bringing healthcare quality and patient safety to new levels.”

SafeCare is the brainchild of PharmAccess Foundation, the Joint Commission International (JCI) of the U.S.A and the Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA) it measures health quality through customized quality improvement plans and a step by step approach based on each assessments’ most critical findings. 2,095 facilities are active in SafeCare and 407 have received a loan for investing in quality improvement from PharmAccess Group’s financing mechanism Medical Credit Fund.

You can read the full joint report here.