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WHO - Standards for Improving the Quality of Care for Children and Young Adolescents in Health Facilities

PIPSQC is pleased to share that the WHO has just launched "Standards for improving the quality of care for children and young adolescents in health facilities" at a meeting organized by the Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (Quality of Care Network) and WHO, in partnership with USAID, and hosted by the Uganda Government.

The paediatric standards of care, available for download below, are the second set in a series of standards for quality of care and compliment WHO’s standards for improving quality of maternal and newborn care in health facilities published in 2016. They are intended as a resource to empower policy-makers, health care professionals, regulators and professional bodies to work effectively towards continuous quality improvement in child and adolescent health:


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Achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) goal 3 targets as elaborated in the Global Strategy for Women's, Children's, and Adolescent's Health (2016-2030) will require ensuring access to safe, effective, quality and affordable care to women and children. In 2015, WHO made improving the quality of care for women and children a priority for reducing preventable maternal and child deaths. As a pathfinder, WHO initially elaborated a vision in which “Every mother and newborn receives quality care throughout pregnancy, childbirth and early postnatal period”. To operationalize this vision, a framework and standards of care - Standards for improving the quality of maternal and newborn care in health facilities - were published in 2016. This first series of standards of care covered routine care and management of complications during labour, childbirth and the early postnatal period. However, a comprehensive series of standards of care will be published to address the broader vision, in which "every woman, child and adolescent receives quality care throughout the life continuum and levels of care".

The Standards for improving quality of care for children and young adolescents aged 0–15 years in health facilities is the second series. The paediatric framework and standards are in the best interest of children and take into consideration a child’s right to health while recognizing that their health, physical, psychosocial, developmental and communication needs differ from those of adults.

The standards delineate what is expected in order to respect children's rights: ensuring child, adolescent and family-friendly health facilities and services; evidence-based clinical care; availability of child and adolescent-specific appropriate equipment; appropriately trained, competent staff. The standards include health facility measures to facilitate implementation, to track improvement and to monitor performance. The standards are based on the eight domains of the framework for improving the quality of care and address the most common conditions that affect children and adolescents in health facilities.


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