Medical Error Reporting & HIV Service Quality Management
Addis Ababa—Jhpiego Ethiopia launched the Medical Error Identification and Reporting System (MERSI) demonstration project on February 14, 2017 in Addis Ababa in the presence of hospital CEOs, quality management teams, health informatics professionals, surgeons and nurses.
The MERSI project aims to design and implement a simplified, non-punitive and anonymous medical error identification and reporting system supported by appropriate information communication technologies, mobile application systems and short message services.
Dr. Tadele Bogale, Acting Country Director of Jhpiego Ethiopia, noted that the demonstration project is in alignment with the government’s health sector transformation agenda of quality and information revolution towards minimizing medical errors and patient safety.
“The project has a huge potential for scale up within Ethiopia and other global Jhpiego operations,” he added.
Similarly, Jhpiego inaugurated the Strengthening HIV Services Quality Improvement (QI) and Quality Management (QM) Systems of the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), Regional Health Bureaus (RHBs), and public health facilities, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) project in January, 2017, in Addis Ababa.
This five-year project will support the scale up of standardized, need-driven, evidence-based quality management systems and procedures at a national level, which will have an enormous impact on the quality of HIV services delivered across the country.
Through this project, Jhpiego will: 1) build the capacity of the Federal Ministry of Health, Regional Health Bureaus and public health facilities to effectively plan, implement and monitor HIV QI/QM activities to improve the quality of health care service delivery at 284 scale-up and 312 maintenance health facilities by the end of 2021, and 2) enhance HIV QI/QM leadership and governance capacity at highly burdened public health facilities.