Prevention and Treatment of Postpartum Hemorrhage at the Community Level: A Guide


This document examines evidence related to the prevention and treatment of PPH, or one or more of its components, at the community level and when a skilled or non-skilled birth attendant is assisting the birth. The purpose of the document is to guide policy makers, health practitioners, donors, community leaders, and program managers who are developing community-based interventions to address …

Quality of Care for Prevention and Management of Common Maternal and Newborn Complications: A Study of Ethiopia’s Hospitals


This quality of care survey was conducted in March and April of 2010 to assess the care received by mothers and newborns during antenatal and delivery care. The survey was fielded in the 19 Ethiopian hospitals with the heaviest volume of deliveries. The primary objective of the survey was to determine the frequency and quality of interventions that address direct …

Child Survival and Health Grants Program: Technical Reference Materials – Maternal and Newborn Care


Technical reference materials are a product of the Bureau for Global Health, Office of Health, Infectious Diseases and Nutrition Child Survival and Health Grants Program USAID/GH/HIDN/Child Survival and Health Grants Program. These guides are not an official policy for practice; rather, they are basic everyday summaries to be used as field reference documents. Attachment Size MNC_TRM.pdf 748.57 KB

Quality of antenatal care and household wealth as determinants of institutional delivery in Pakistan: Results of a cross-sectional household survey


This article, published in the journal Reproductive Health, highlights the results of a household survey of 4,000 married women who had given birth in the two years before the survey was conducted in Sindh province, Pakistan. The survey collected data on socio-economic and demographic variables, the quality of antenatal care provided during a woman’s last pregnancy, and whether she delivered …

A literature review of quantitative indicators to measure the quality of labor and delivery care

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Strengthening measurement of the quality of labor and delivery (L&D) care in low-resource countries requires an understanding of existing approaches. This literature review identifies quantitative indicators of L&D care quality and assess gaps in indicators. The authors conclude that many quantitative indicators have been used to measure L&D care quality, but few have been validated beyond expert opinion. There has …

Egypt SMART End-of-Project Report


The SMART project (October 2011 – June 2014) was a USAID-funded MCHIP project that focused on improving maternal and neonatal health and nutrition. In collaboration with the Egyptian Nursing Syndicate, the project raised the awareness of nurses on the importance of infection control, especially around newborn babies and postpartum mothers. Click here to see a minimum dataset used for the …

Direct observation of respectful maternity care in five countries: a cross-sectional study of health facilities in East and Southern Africa


This article, published in BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth, analyzes select data from a series of cross-sectional surveys implemented from 2009 – 2012 by MCHIP to assess quality of care in Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda and the United Republic of Tanzania. The study used structured, standardized clinical observation checklists to directly observe the quality of care at facilities in the five countries. A total …