Assessing the quality of the supervision of reproductive health services in Uganda.

G. Burnham, W. Stinson

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The Quality Assurance Unit (QAU) of Uganda's Ministry of Health (MOH) has promoted quality of care in Uganda for a number of years. The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has also had a major role in promoting quality of care in family planning, the case management of sexually transmitted diseases, and maternal care, working mainly through reproductive health projects implemented by the nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) Pathfinder, AMREF, and Care. These projects have all emphasized training as the main way to build worker competence and have promoted supervision as a means for quality control and improvement. As part of an overall review of reproductive health project activities, USAID asked the Quality Assurance Project (QAP) to help review supervisory effectiveness and data quality. QAP therefore collaborated with the MOH QAU to design and conduct a quality assessment of reproductive health supervision, examining the use of supervision tools, the frequency and quality of supervisory encounters, and the use of supervision data and sustainability. The assessment found that each of the three NGO projects has made significant achievements in developing a strategy for the quality-focused supervision of reproductive health services. However, several areas were also found in which supervision could be enhanced, especially those related to supervision tools and the use of the data they generate, and the integration of NGO project and district health team supervision.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-15
Number of pages5
JournalQ.A. brief
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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