Journal article

Development of a surgical assessment tool for national policy monitoring & evaluation in Ethiopia: A quality improvement study

KR Iverson, O Ahearn, I Citron, K Garringer, S Mukhodpadhyay, A Teshome, A Bekele, S Workneh, RS Workneh, S Zemenfeskudus, T Gultie, A Varghese, MG Shrime, JG Meara, D Burssa

International Journal of Surgery | ELSEVIER | Published : 2020


BACKGROUND: A baseline assessment of surgical capacity is recommended as a first-step to surgical system strengthening in order to inform national policy. In Ethiopia, the World Health Organization's Tool for Situational Analysis (WHO SAT) was adapted to assess surgical, obstetric, and anesthesia capacity as part of a national initiative: Saving Lives Through Safe Surgery (SaLTS). This study describes the process of adapting this tool and initial results. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The new tool was used to evaluate fourteen hospitals in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region of Ethiopia between February and March 2017. Two analytic methods were employed. To compare this data to..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the GE Foundation. Most authors are former GE Foundation employees or receive GE Foundation funding for SafeSurgery2020 partner organizations, including: Harvard Medical School's Program in Global Surgery and Social Change, Jhpiego, Assist International, and Dalberg. The remaining authors are current or former members of the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health, which has received financial and technical support from SafeSurgery2020 for the development and implementation of its national surgical plan, Saving Lives Through Safe Surgery (SaLTS).