Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Combatting maternal HIV transmission in Eastern Rwanda collaboratively

Date:
July 20, 2010
Source:
Public Library of Science
Summary:
Researchers show how the Rwanda Learning Collaborative on Child Health sought to increase access to and the quality of prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS services in the Eastern Province of Rwanda using a learning collaborative model.

An article in this week's PLoS Medicine by Younsook Lim (from Dartmouth Medical School, USA) and colleagues shows how the Rwanda Learning Collaborative on Child Health (RLC) sought to increase access to and the quality of prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS (PMTCT) services in the Eastern Province of Rwanda using a learning collaborative model. The model, which uses peer-to-peer learning methods, allows for multiple improvement ideas to be simultaneously tested and evaluated.

Through this experience, the authors found that a learning collaborative approach is one method that can garner cooperation between nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and governments to improve coordination of services and strengthen health systems. The learning collaboration also found that in Eastern Rwanda: comprehensive PMTCT care requires following mothers and infants longitudinally to ensure quality care is delivered; targeted disease-specific programs can be designed to have an impact on related non-targeted services to increase the health value delivered to families; and quality improvement methods can be effective tools for engaging local health workers and targeting investment of limited resources to maximize improvement of services.

The authors say: "As the influence of global health initiatives continues to grow, the architects of programs targeting specific diseases or areas of care can commit themselves to considering the impact their interventions can have on health systems and outcomes beyond their immediate focus." They also report that "quality improvement approaches could be employed as effective organizing tools under active government guidance with the cooperation of NGOs to target investment of resources and strengthen health systems."

Funding: Funding was provided by the Harvard Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Public Library of Science. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. Lim et al. Improving Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV Care and Related Services in Eastern Rwanda. PLoS Medicine, 2010; 7 (7): e1000302 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1000302

Cite This Page:

Public Library of Science. "Combatting maternal HIV transmission in Eastern Rwanda collaboratively." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 20 July 2010. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/07/100720212919.htm>.
Public Library of Science. (2010, July 20). Combatting maternal HIV transmission in Eastern Rwanda collaboratively. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 23, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/07/100720212919.htm
Public Library of Science. "Combatting maternal HIV transmission in Eastern Rwanda collaboratively." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/07/100720212919.htm (accessed October 23, 2014).

Share This



More Health & Medicine News

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Orthodontist Mom Jennifer Salzer on the Best Time for Braces

Orthodontist Mom Jennifer Salzer on the Best Time for Braces

Working Mother (Oct. 22, 2014) Is your child ready? Video provided by Working Mother
Powered by NewsLook.com
U.S. Issues Ebola Travel Restrictions, Are Visa Bans Next?

U.S. Issues Ebola Travel Restrictions, Are Visa Bans Next?

Newsy (Oct. 22, 2014) Now that the U.S. is restricting travel from West Africa, some are dropping questions about a travel ban and instead asking about visa bans. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
US to Track Everyone Coming from Ebola Nations

US to Track Everyone Coming from Ebola Nations

AP (Oct. 22, 2014) Stepping up their vigilance against Ebola, federal authorities said Wednesday that everyone traveling into the US from Ebola-stricken nations will be monitored for symptoms for 21 days. (Oct. 22) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Doctors Help Paralysed Man Walk Again, Patient in Disbelief

Doctors Help Paralysed Man Walk Again, Patient in Disbelief

AFP (Oct. 22, 2014) Polish doctors describe how they helped a paralysed man walk again, with the patient in disbelief at the return of sensation to his legs. Duration: 1:04 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Health & Medicine

Mind & Brain

Living & Well

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins