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Quality of primary healthcare provision for slum communities in Africa

In the build up to International Women's Day 2021, we spoke to Dr Navneet Aujla as part of the International Women's Day #choosetochallange campaign. Dr Aujla is a Research Fellow in the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Global Health Research Unit on Improving Health in Slums, which began in 2017 and concludes in September 2021.

As part of Dr Aujla's research, she worked with colleagues from one of the Unit partners - the University of Ibadan. The team wanted to learn more about the quality of primary healthcare provision for slum communities in Africa.

In 2018, colleagues from the University of Warwick visited Professor Akinyinka Omigbodun, Professor Eme Owoaje and Dr Olufunke Fayehun and their excellent team of researchers at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. They also met with Dr Temitope Ilori, Dr Achiaka Irabor, and Dr Abimbola Obimakinde - family doctors from the University College Hospital, Ibadan, who are passionate about ensuring that the local community receive healthcare of the highest possible quality.

Here Dr Aujla tells us about the work undertaken:

"The team developed a video-observation method for assessing doctors' clinical and interpersonal skills when providing primary healthcare to patients consulting at the outpatients' department of the hospital. Being able to accurately measure quality of care is essential to designing effective ways to improve quality. However, many of the most common methods to measure quality of care have had limited use in low-and middle-income countries and require further development to ensure that the methods are suitable for the different settings in which care is provided."

Quality of Care team

The team working on this project #choosetochallenge methods of assessing primary healthcare provision for slum communities in Africa.

Find out more about the research here.

4 March, 2021