Health systems collaborative projects
Learning to Harness Innovation in Global Health for Quality Care (HIGH-Q). The HIGH-Q project has a multidisciplinary approach to addressing the quality of inpatient and post-discharge neonatal care in Kenyan hospitals. HIGH-Q also investigates the role innovations might play in longer term neonatal care.
The Life-saving Instruction for Emergencies (LIFE) is a 3D simulation training app for smartphones that teaches healthcare workers how to manage medical emergencies. LIFE is a scenario-based mobile and virtual reality (VR) gaming platform that teaches healthcare workers to identify and manage medical emergencies using game-like training techniques to reinforce the key steps that need to be performed in order to save lives.
Health Services that Deliver for Newborns (HSDN) is a multidisciplinary project engaging policy-makers and practitioners in Kenya. Newborn deaths account for 40% of all deaths among children under 5 in Kenya. This high neonatal mortality is a major reason why Kenya is not succeeding in its battle to reduce child deaths. Sick or vulnerable newborns often require inpatient care in referral facilities from skilled workers with access to basic technologies. Shortage of skilled health workers often means these services are inadequately delivered, potentially delaying or preventing recovery.
A Systems Strategy to Optimise Inpatient Neonatal Care (PI Mike English). Progress has been made in reducing child mortality in Kenya but this has been limited by still high levels of neonatal mortality. Reducing neonatal mortality will in part require major improvements in the quality of care provided to sick newborns in hospitals. SONIC is a 3 phase, multi-year that is studying a clinical network model as an intervention strategy to improve service delivery in 12 Kenyan hospitals.
The Clinical Information Network (coordinators: Mike English, Sam Akech, Ambrose Agweyu and Jalemba Aluvaala) is a partnership between Oxford, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust, the Kenyan Ministry of Health, County Hospitals and the Kenya Paediatric Association. It works to promote the generation and use of high quality routine information on hospital admissions to paediatric and neonatal wards in the form of a low-cost ‘learning health system’.
We are a multidisciplinary network of academics, practitioners, and activists with a shared interest in unpacking and analysing decolonisation debates in global health research. Our overall interest is in identifying our responsibilities as individuals and institutions for positive transformation in the conduct of health research conducted in Africa. We hope to contribute to a research and action agenda that supports ethical practice in the region.