Remarkable progress has been made in improving child survival over the past 25 years. Since 1990, child mortality rates have been reduced by more than half. Under-five deaths dropped from 12.7 million per year in 1990 to 5.9 million in 2015. This is a significant accomplishment, but the work is not over. Disparities in child survival remain too high.
Developed through the collaborative efforts of the Survive & Thrive Global Development Alliance, Improving Care of Mothers and Babies materials are designed for healthcare providers in limited-resource settings who want to learn and apply special methods to improve the care of mothers and babies. It includes information and tools to facilitate implementation of quality improvement (QI) activities at the facility level.
Materials can be downloaded at no cost on the AAP's International Resources Website. The materials are currently available in English, and French; Spanish translations are underway.
The USAID ASSIST Project offers a free online interactive virtual course that provides a broad overview of the science of improvement, including key principles and methods necessary to understand how improvement projects can be implemented in any setting to make healthcare better.