Health Desk – 05 May, 2021: Each year, between 5.7 and 8.4 million people are dying due to poor quality care in low- and middle-income countries, accounting for up to 15 percent of their overall deaths. Lost productivity due to poor quality care in these countries is estimated to be around $1.4 to $1.6 trillion per year.
People not only need to have access to healthcare services, they need to have access to services that are safe and effective, where they are always treated with dignity and respect, said Dr Anshu Banerjee, Director of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and Ageing at WHO.Interventions to improve quality of healthcare are critical for achieving universal health coverage and equity, and reducing maternal and newborn deaths.
Quality care is a critical issue for maternal and newborn health. More women globally give birth in health facilities than ever before, but this has not always translated into dramatic gains in survival rates for mothers and newborns. It is estimated that 6 in 10 neonatal conditions and half of maternal deaths in poorer countries are due to poor quality services.