For the past 8 years OkaZHI has been working with the support of the leadership team at Lewanika General Hospital to strengthen staff and institutional capacity to improve care, using the concept of a “model ward” for the pediatric ward whereby best practices and standards are modeled and staff are mentored.
The concept of “the model ward” is not new. It has its origin in the notion that by focusing on one ‘model’ ward, embedded within a complex hospital system, improvements in the quality of care in one area will diffuse over time to the practice of care throughout. It has been successfully used within a variety of health systems, including low and middle-income country settings.
The pediatric model ward is a valuable component of a much broader health systems and capacity strengthening, of which the Zambia government has stated as key priorities. The evidence-based approach to learning, teaching and inter-professional collaboration has generated significant interest from many stakeholders from the standpoint of not only improving quality of care, but also with respect to nursing and medical education, human resources for health and strengthening of the Zambian health system.
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