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An estimated 289,000 pregnant women and mothers and 6.6 million children under 5 years old die each year.
ACCESS Health International works in low and middle income countries to improve maternal and child health. Our primary focus is on reducing infant, child, and maternal mortality. We identify successful programs in both rural and urban settings and work with care providers to understand and document best practices. We work with both public and private providers to help them to improve programs. We promote collaboration among institutions, policymakers, and payers of care to bring good practices to scale. ACCESS Health also works with providers to improve the quality of maternal and child care and to develop systems to monitor and audit compliance with methods designed to improve outcomes.

ACCESS Health India works directly with providers to identify, share, and scale hospital processes and procedures that lead to better outcomes for mothers and their children.

In 2012, more than twenty five million infants were born in India, and about eight hundred thousand died within the first month. In addition, India reported about fifty six thousand maternal deaths in 2010. Recent health reforms have increased access to facility based maternal and newborn care without significant improvement in outcomes for mothers and infants. To improve health outcomes, these facilities must also deliver high quality care.

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Projects

  • ACCESS Health Infant Care Improvement Project

    ACCESS Health Infant Care Improvement Project

    The ACCESS Health Infant Care Improvement Project analyzed factors that affect infant care in two Indian states, Bihar and Odisha (Orissa). ACCESS Health worked with the local governments to create a plan for primary care for maternal and infant care based on this work. Several districts in both states have declared an interest in implementing this plan to reduce mother and child mortality.

  • Center for Health Market Innovations

    Center for Health Market Innovations

    ACCESS Health is one of the organizations that creates content for the Center for Health Market Innovations. The Center is a digital platform that connects healthcare organizations and providers, researchers, and policymakers to learn about innovations that increase access to high quality, affordable healthcare. Most of our studies are of health programs in India, Bangladesh, and Brazil.

  • Center for Health Market Innovations Learning Exchange

    Center for Health Market Innovations Learning Exchange

    The Learning Exchange provides funding to facilitate structured learning partnerships between or among organizations that are profiled by the Center for Health Market Innovations. The Learning Exchange will help programs improve business practices, adopt innovations, or scale up or replicate an aspect of their model to a new market.

  • Indian Neonatal Collaborative

    Indian Neonatal Collaborative

    The Indian Neonatal Collaborative brought together practitioners from six of the best public and private neonatal intensive care units in India. The practitioners worked together to learn, implement, and scale up practices that reduce newborn deaths caused by infection.

  • Joint Learning Fund

    Joint Learning Fund

    The Joint Learning Network established the Joint Learning Fund to support the ability of Network members to learn from each other on a range of topics, including expanded coverage, information technology, primary healthcare, provider payments, and quality improvement. Member countries use the Joint Learning Fund to support study tours, workshops, and exchange of personnel to learn from universal health coverage reform strategies that have been successful in other countries.

  • Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage

    Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage

    The Joint Learning Network brings together low and middle income countries in Africa and Asia to share experiences, challenges, and insights drawn from their efforts to achieve universal health coverage.

  • Joint Learning: Experiences from Knowledge Sharing Toward Universal Health Coverage

    Joint Learning: Experiences from Knowledge Sharing Toward Universal Health Coverage

    This book will share our experiences with the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage, a program that brings together countries to share their experiences – their challenges and their successes – working toward universal health coverage. It is scheduled for completion by December 2014.

  • Kerala Neonatal Quality Collaborative

    Kerala Neonatal Quality Collaborative

    ACCESS Health is partnering with the National Health Mission of Kerala to pilot the Kerala Neonatal Quality Collaborative. The collaborative uses an evidence based approach to address neonatal mortality in the state.

  • Safe Care, Saving Lives

    Safe Care, Saving Lives

    Safe Care, Saving Lives brings newborn care providers in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana into a learning collaborative. Providers in the collaborative learn, implement, and scale up process improvements that improve outcomes for newborns.

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Philippines

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ACCESS Health Philippines partners with the public and private sectors and local organizations to pilot and expand innovative initiatives in maternal and child health. Our projects support the efforts of the Philippine government to address challenges in access to healthcare services. The Philippines has struggled to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health. The unique geography of the Philippines makes it particularly difficult for people to access needed care. The government uses frontline health workers and local health centers as a primary strategy to bring healthcare to isolated and low income communities. ACCESS Health Philippines strengthens the capacity of community health workers and local health centers to deliver high quality care to mothers and children.

Projects

  • Center for Health Market Innovations

    Center for Health Market Innovations

    ACCESS Health is one of the organizations that creates content for the Center for Health Market Innovations. The Center is a digital platform that connects healthcare organizations and providers, researchers, and policymakers to learn about innovations that increase access to high quality, affordable healthcare. Most of our studies are of health programs in India, Bangladesh, and Brazil.

  • Center for Health Market Innovations Learning Exchange

    Center for Health Market Innovations Learning Exchange

    The Learning Exchange provides funding to facilitate structured learning partnerships between or among organizations that are profiled by the Center for Health Market Innovations. The Learning Exchange will help programs improve business practices, adopt innovations, or scale up or replicate an aspect of their model to a new market.

  • Joint Learning Fund

    Joint Learning Fund

    The Joint Learning Network established the Joint Learning Fund to support the ability of Network members to learn from each other on a range of topics, including expanded coverage, information technology, primary healthcare, provider payments, and quality improvement. Member countries use the Joint Learning Fund to support study tours, workshops, and exchange of personnel to learn from universal health coverage reform strategies that have been successful in other countries.

  • Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage

    Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage

    The Joint Learning Network brings together low and middle income countries in Africa and Asia to share experiences, challenges, and insights drawn from their efforts to achieve universal health coverage.

  • Joint Learning: Experiences from Knowledge Sharing Toward Universal Health Coverage

    Joint Learning: Experiences from Knowledge Sharing Toward Universal Health Coverage

    This book will share our experiences with the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage, a program that brings together countries to share their experiences – their challenges and their successes – working toward universal health coverage. It is scheduled for completion by December 2014.

  • Stop TB Now Project

    Stop TB Now Project

    The Stop TB Now Project strengthens the national effort of the Philippine government to combat tuberculosis. The project enhances local capacity to prevent, screen, treat, and track tuberculosis in children from low income areas.

  • The 162to52 Coalition

    The 162to52 Coalition

    The 162to52 Coalition is an alliance of partners from several sectors that have come together to support the development of public private partnerships to improve maternal and child health. The partnerships strengthen local health systems in areas with limited resources and poor maternal and child health indicators.

  • The e-AKaP Project

    The e-AKaP Project

    The e-AKaP Project trains and equips frontline community health workers in the Philippines with tablets and a mobile application. The project helps workers to monitor and communicate important information to expectant mothers and families. e-AKaP is a Tagalog acronym that stands for “e-Action for Universal Health.”

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From the Blog

ACCESS Health at the 13th International Breastfeeding and Lactation Symposium: Are small and sick babies receiving mother’s own milk in public and private sector Neonatal Intensive Care Units in India

ACCESS Health was recently invited to share learnings from India on quality improvement as part of the 13th International Breastfeeding and Lactation Symposium in Paris. Ajitkumar Sudke, ACCESS Health India's Director of Quality and Process Improvement and head of our Safe Care, Saving Lives program shared preliminary findings from a research study taking place in three Indian hospital neonatal intensive care units. The research identifies some of the bottlenecks and challenges that prevent mothers from feeding newborns breastmilk. It also describes strategies to overcome those...

Continuous Quality Improvement in Maternal and Newborn Care in Sangareddy Hospital

Margaret Crotty, the Executive Director of the New York based nonprofit, Partnership for Children, and one of the newest members of the Board of Directors of ACCESS Health International, recently visited Sangareddy Hospital in Hyderabad, Telangana to view their maternal and newborn quality improvement programs. District Hospital Sangareddy Hospital was one of the first hospitals to join the Safe Care, Saving Lives program, back in 2014. Sangareddy is a district headquarters hospital that caters to a population of roughly one and a half million people. It has a well equipped labor room with...

Government of Telangana Leads Quality Improvement Initiatives Across the State to Help Save the Lives of Preterm Babies

Healthcare leaders in Telangana joined together at Niloufer Hospital to pledge their support to improve health outcomes for babies born preterm. Premature birth and low birthweight is a leading cause of infant mortality in India. The Government of Telangana has undertaken a quality improvement initiative at Niloufer Hospital and other hospitals across the state called Safe Care, Saving Lives with technical and partnership support from ACCESS Health, Institute of Healthcare Improvement and Children Investment Fund Foundation. At Niloufer Hospital on World Prematurity Day (November 17), Dr...
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