NOQA-Network is a program supported by a locally hosted e-platform for obstetric quality assurance (OQA) to improve maternal child health (MCH). It is administered by the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) and was developed in cooperation with the Rotary Action Group for Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health (RMCH). NOQA-Network pioneers OQA. Beyond that the program serves as a blueprint for medical quality assurance in other fields and thus significantly and sustainably strengthens the Nigerian Health Care System.
OQA covers quality of structure, process and outcome. It includes and extends the original World Health Organisation (WHO) concept for maternal death review (MDR) into maternal and perinatal death surveillance and response (MPDSR). Family planning (FP) provider training, supply of contraceptives, health of new-born infants, hospital equipment and hygiene assessments as well as public awareness through community dialogues complete the program.
NOQA-Network is built on the principles of regular documentation of salient medical data through remote mobile devices, automatic death notification, real-time report generation featuring an intuitively comprehensible portfolio of comparative tabular and graphical analyses at hospital, local government, state and national level and, last not least, shared responsibility with user specific privileges and duties. These characteristics optimally support effective intervention based upon reliable, objective and current information.
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