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Using routine information system data to assess maternal and perinatal care services in Mali and Senegal (QUARITE trial)

Using routine information system data to assess maternal and perinatal care services in Mali and Senegal (QUARITE trial)

Revue d'Epidemiologie et de Sante Publique 60(6): 489-496

In sub-Saharan Africa, problems of access to relevant and high-quality facility-based statistics hinder the assessment of safe motherhood programs. The objective of this study was to assess the quality of data collected in referral hospitals in Mali and Senegal after the routine information system (RIS) was strengthened. This was a multicenter observational study conducted during the pre-intervention period of a randomized controlled trial (trial QUARITE). The RIS was strengthened based on technical, organizational and behavioral factors. We included all women who gave birth in the 46 referral hospitals from October 1, 2007 to October 30, 2008. The completeness, completion and accuracy rates were monitored every 3 months in each hospital. The cost of investment needed to strengthen the existing RIS was also determined. The mean completeness rate ranged from 94 to 97% depending on the study period. The completion and accuracy rates increased during the study period from 72% and 79% to 87% and 93%, respectively (significant differences). The average investment per hospital was less than 1% of state subsidies for public hospitals. Strengthening the existing information system has set up an economically and technologically appropriate system for monitoring maternal and perinatal health in Senegal and Mali. We encourage policy makers and researchers from countries with limited resources to invest in RIS to improve and monitor the performance of health systems.

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Accession: 056817710

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PMID: 23121995

DOI: 10.1016/j.respe.2012.05.005

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