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Supportive supervision is an intervention that aims to improve health workers’ capacity to deliver quality services. PMI invests in supportive supervision and other quality improvement interventions to strengthen and maintain high quality malaria case management. To date, there is a dearth of evidence on the effectiveness of supportive supervision in improving malaria case management.
Through the PMI Insights project, the Centre de Recherche en Reproduction Humaine et en Démographie (CERRHUD), Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) are conducting a program evaluation of supportive supervision in Benin and Tanzania. The evaluation aims to evaluate how, why, where, and for whom models of supportive supervision work to improve health worker performance and the correct management of children with suspected uncomplicated malaria. Ultimately, findings from this evaluation will enable PMI to support national malaria programs in deciding which supportive supervision model will work best in their setting, given their context including that of their health workers, facilities, and systems. The study launched in October 2021. The final report and results will be available in May 2023.
Research question: How, why, where and for whom do models of supportive supervision work to improve health worker performance and the correct management of children with suspected uncomplicated malaria?
Study team: CERRHUD, IHI, LSHTM
Timeline: October 2021 – May 2023