Manikganj Learning Network Design Workshop

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A two-day workshop on “Learning Network Design” for Manikganj district started on 7th November and ended on 8th November 2018. The Learning Network Design Workshop (LNDW) was organized by Quality Improvement Secretariat, Health Economics Unit, and facilitated by Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).

The workshop was arranged to achieve four key objectives:
1. Shared understanding of the high-level deliverables for the Learning Network and its connection to the overall MaMoni MNCSP project.
2. Shared understanding of the current state of the district selected for the Learning Network in Year 1
3. Co-design a framework for the Learning Network in Year 1, for use in the initial district
4. Develop the Communications Plan and Launch Strategy for the Learning Network

The chief guest for the opening session was Dr. Shahdaht Hossain Mahmud, DG, Health Economics Unit, and the event was chaired by Dr. Aminul Hasan, Deputy Director, Health Economics Unit, Focal Person Quality Improvement Secretariat (QIS).

Minara Chowdhury, Senior QI Advisor USAID’s MaMoni MNCSP & Country Director Bangladesh, IHI welcomed the participants and thanked everyone for their participation. Next Dr. Aminul Hasan presented on National Quality Improvement Strategy. Then Joby George, COP, USAID’s MaMoni MNCSP presented an introduction to the project. After the introduction, Pierre Barker, Chief of Global Partnerships, IHI spoke on Learning Network Structure and IHI.

Ariella Camera, Deputy Director OPHNE, USAID, as special guest, spoke on the involvement and investment of USAID in Bangladesh in the last 30 years, and reiterated some of her personal observations on healthcare in Bangladesh. In his speech, Dr. Shahadt Mahmud commended the initiative of developing this learning network, and elaborated the current challenges that healthcare in Bangladesh is facing. Special guests included: Dr. Sultan Shamsuzzaman, Line Director, MNC&AH, DGHS; along with local government health officials, civil surgeon of Manikganj district, representatives from USAID, and staff of MaMoni MNCSP.

The remaining sessions for the day were facilitated by Kendra Njoku, Abha Mehndiratta, Azhar Ali, and Pierre Barker of IHI.

In the second day, Pierre Barker, Chief of Global Partnerships, IHI, welcomed the participants and reviewed the outputs from the sessions held the day before. For the remaining sessions for the day were facilitated by presenters from IHI: Pierre Barker, Abha Mehndiratta, Kendra Njoku and Azhar Ali. The sessions covered topics such as: “Understanding how to achieve our aim”, “What do we need to do to achieve results”, and “How will we know a change is an improvement?”. The last session of the day covered the “Next Steps” in Quality Improvement for USAID’s MaMoni MNCSP.

The training was concluded with remarks from Dr. Md. Khurshid Alam, Civil Surgeon, Manikganj and Dr. Fida Mehran of USAID. Dr. Alam expressed his immense satisfaction in participating in the training and workshop, encouraged everyone to take their learnings and move forward to providing quality healthcare in Bangladesh. He also said that early marriage and repeated childbirth were still challenges that remained. Dr. Mehran urged the participants to use the knowledge gained in the training and use it to the fullest in the field level, and hoped to see Manikganj as a model for Quality Improvement for the rest of Bangladesh.