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In Shebedino REACHOUT’s Quality Improvement approach is here to stay

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By Rosalind Steege
The European Commission funding of the REACHOUT project may have officially come to an end, but the impact of the work and its legacy will surely live on. This became apparent to me when I was fortunate enough to visit the REACH team in Ethiopia for the project’s final dissemination meeting. REACHOUT has been working for the past five years in Shebedino district just outside of Hawassa.
It had been a year since my last visit and the road from Hawassa to Shebedino (where the project was implemented) is still being worked on, it makes for a strenuous journey as stretches of new tarmac are interspersed with patches of rubble that would challenge even the best suspension mechanisms. Over time of course, piece by piece, the rubble will be filled in until inevitably one 25km swathe of smooth tarmac will connect the two and greatly improve the efficiency (not to mention comfort) of the journey. Travelling this bumpy road on the way to visit the health centres in Shebedino, I couldn’t help but reflect on how the incremental step by step approach they have taken to building the road, is not dissimilar to the approach REACHOUT has taken with its Quality Improvement (QI) cycles, where QI teams use a PDSA (plan, do study, act) approach resulting in continuous incremental improvements that expands the overall quality of health service provision. for more see the link below

http://www.reachoutconsortium.org/news/in-shebedino-reachout-s-quality-improvement-approach-is-here-to-stay/

https://reliefweb.int/report/ethiopia/enhancing-health-worker-performance-ethiopia-mhealth

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