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National MPCDSR e-Platform

The Nigerian MPCDSR Platform (www.noqa-network.ng) 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). The MPCDSR Platform 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. A bill for an act to provide for the effective surveillance, review, and prevention of maternal and perinatal deaths and related matters for the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2021 (SB. 581) was passed on Tuesday, 30th November 2021 by the National Assembly (Senate) and assented by the Presidency.

OQA covers quality of structure, process, and outcome. It includes and extends the original World Health Organization (WHO) concept for maternal death review (MDR) into maternal and perinatal death surveillance and response (MPCDSR). 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.

The MPCDSR Platform 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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