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.