The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has been awarded a new grant by the James Percy Foundation (JPF) to support work in Rwanda. The grant – of £600,000 over three years - will fund perinatal quality improvement across the hospital network in Rwanda.
RCPCH Global has worked in partnership with the Rwandan Paediatric Association (RPA) since 2012, and with support from UNICEF, in Provincial and District Hospitals since 2017, building strong relations of trust and collaboration with leadership and clinical staff across the national hospital network.
RCPCH Global's work in Rwanda is coordinated with and contributory to the Rwanda Government's national maternal, newborn and child health improvement strategy. Over three years, the grant will ensure RCPCH Global can continue helping to drive down morbidity and mortality among mothers and newborns at all participating facilities.
The JPF grant-funded programme will support development of advanced ‘High-Dependency’ neonatal care at three Provincial Hospital centres, to cater for severely ill and premature newborns as the system of referral between secondary and tertiary facilities grows. It will also enable RCPCH Global to continue supporting high-quality routine perinatal care in fourteen Provincial and District Hospitals.
RCPCH Global will deliver the proposed programme in collaboration with RPA, including supporting sustainable organisational development of RPA itself as the leading independent professional advocate for newborn and child health in Rwanda.
The programme in Rwanda will draw on globally-accredited, evidence-based training and quality improvement protocols and methods to enhance processes of care delivery for mothers through labour and delivery, and for newborns from the first hour of life to 28 days. The programme will complement and build on work with UNICEF, supporting sustainable change in the care delivery systems.
JPF is an independent grant-maker whose goal is to reduce the “opportunity gap” by providing more opportunities to those born in disadvantaged environments.
Dr Camilla Kingdon, RCPCH President and neonatologist said:
This grant will enable RCPCH Global, in partnership with the Rwandan Paediatric Society, to continue vital work developing neonatal care, reducing morbidity and mortality in mothers and newborns in Rwanda. As a neonatologist myself, I am particularly delighted that the James Percy Foundation have awarded this grant.
Dr Sue Broster, RCPCH Global Officer and Consultant in Neonatal Intensive Care commented:
RCPCH Global has been working in partnership with the Rwandan Paediatric Society for nearly a decade. This grant will help us to deepen that partnership through evidence-based training and development of quality improvement protocols for delivering the best possible care for mothers and babies in Rwanda.