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The aim of the study is to evaluate a health workforce capacity building and quality improvement intervention focused on integrated day-of-birth and post-pregnancy care at 16 hospitals in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. The intervention package consists of a low-dose, high-frequency (LDHF) training of health workers, support for quality improvement teams, and provision of critical equipment, supplies and drugs within a quality improvement (QI) framework.

Clinical Trial Description

The health workforce capacity building and quality improvement intervention will be implemented in two phases: eight facilities will receive the intervention in phase 1 and the remaining eight facilities will receive the intervention in phase 2.

Objective 1: For objective 2 on facility-based health outcomes, the study design is a cluster-randomized evaluation in phase 1. The intervention's effects will be assessed by comparing an intervention group and a control group of facilities. These will be selected from 16 Kinshasa health facilities. Intervention and control facilities' monthly reported health outcomes will be compared in a 12-month baseline period and 12-month period during and after the intervention implementation (Phase 1) in a difference-in-difference analysis. In Phase 2, all facilities will have their monthly service statistics and health outcomes reviewed for trends in improvement.

Overall, in Phase 1, eight intervention sites will be matched to eight sites serving as controls. In Phase 2, the eight Phase 1 control sites will then receive the same package as the intervention sites in Phase 1. Sites will be stratified by case load, low and high (over 90 births per month), and funding (public or private funding). Within each stratum, prior to start of the intervention, there will be random selection to intervention and control groups to allow for baseline comparability between groups. ;

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NCT number NCT03363308
Study type Interventional
Source Jhpiego
Status Active, not recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date November 16, 2017
Completion date March 31, 2020

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