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This learning brief summarises key lessons from Options’ experience of working with advocacy and health financing teams across different programmes in sub-Saharan Africa to ‘make the case’ for increased domestic funding for priority health services, such as family planning and sexual and reproductive health and rights (FP/SRHR) and mental health services.
Options announces the appointment of James Harcourt as new Managing Director.
COVID-19 has disrupted essential healthcare services worldwide. This study identifies how the pandemic has affected maternal and neonatal health (MNH) outcomes.
Reaching net zero emissions: Options contributes to British Expertise International report on role of the built environment
Climate change is exacerbating natural hazards and disaster risks in countries like Nepal. Find out how we design innovative hospitals and health facilities that integrates climate resilience, and makes healthcare more efficient and sustainable.
Sharing lessons on improving sexual and reproductive health outcomes in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Zambia
Our UK Aid funded Women’s Integrated Sexual Health (WISH) programme shares lessons on how its focus on creating an enabling environment has contributed to better sexual and reproductive health outcomes in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Zambia.
Fulfilling the promise of health for all: lessons from supporting Kenya’s transition to devolved governance
Through our work of supporting Kenya's devolution in the health sector, we've learned three valuable lessons on fulfilling the promise of health for all and building a path to lasting change.
Strengthening health worker competencies through clinical mentorship for improved maternal and newborn quality of care
Despite progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, around 5,000 women and 28,000 newborns worldwide die each year from preventable causes. In countries like Kenya, sub-standard care has been identified as a key driver of 90% of maternal deaths. This brief describes an emergency obstetric and newborn care (EmONC) mentorship programme implemented by our Maternal and Newborn Improvement Quality of Care (MANI-QC) project and how it has improved the quality of care for mothers and babies.
Drawing from our experience in Zimbabwe, Nepal, India, Cameroon, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, we joined forces with members of the World Health Organisation’s MPDSR technical working group to identify lessons from several countries across Africa and South Asia on how governments adapted their MPDSR systems during COVID-19. These findings were summarised in a poster submission to the FIGO2021 World Congress - the most important global academic event in the specialties of gynaecology and obstetrics. Changes that were made to how MPDSRs functioned allowed clinicians to continue gathering information about maternal and perinatal deaths that informed improvements to the quality of care that pregnant women and babies receive. They also ensure continued access to maternity care. The poster also describes how MPDSRs contribute valuable evidence to track how maternal and perinatal mortality was impacted by COVID-19.
From quality of care and universal health coverage to future pandemic preparedness, find out how Options is participating in the FIGO World Congress - the most important global academic event in the specialties of gynaecology and obstetrics.
Our innovation to use drones to fly live-saving medicines and vaccines over mountains to the hardest to reach communities in Nepal was chosen among 110 applications to become one of twelve Frontier Tech Pioneers.
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