The WHO-DFTAD INSPIRE research project
The World Health Organisation – Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (WHO-DFTAD) INSPIRE (Integration of Scaling up PMTCT through implementation research) project is a four year study aimed at assessing the impact of optimizing an integrated Maternal Neonatal Child Health/Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (MNCH/PMTCT) service delivery approach using Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) methods. In the INSPIRE study, CIHP is responding to three selected country priority questions, identified during the country priority exercise held mid-2011. It is expected that the outcome of the study will:
- Provide direction on definite steps to integrate MNCH services and PMTCT programs, thus improving quality of care and increasing the availability of essential interventions.
- Provide guidance on strategies to best engage communities in order to improve access and uptake of PMTCT intervention.
- Provide guidance on mechanisms to improve quality and consistency of PMTCT services, thus ensuring that irrespective of delivery place, mother and infant gain full and timely access to PMTCT interventions including early infant diagnosis.
It is also expected that the outcomes of the research will be generalized and scalable nationwide, especially to hard-to-reach and underserved populations, also it is believed that through this research findings, CIHP will be able to galvanize and inform policy changes to policy makers at all levels.