Project HOPE works to improve maternal and newborn health in the Papa region of Hungary through building the skills of the health workforce and introducing evidence-based standards of care protocols.
Despite recent improvements to newborn health, Hungary’s indicators lag behind those of Western European countries.
Medical facilities can prevent two-thirds of newborn deaths with simple and affordable solutions, according to the World Health Organization, and we are very involved in Hungary as we address this top priority for the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.
Project HOPE’s current three-year program to improve maternal and child health addresses priority needs for newborn and maternal care in the region. The program introduced evidence-based protocols to the hospital on routine and essential newborn care topics including: newborn resuscitation, breastfeeding management, hospital infection control, cesarean section indications, prevention/management of post-operative complications and coordination of maternal and newborn health services. Delivery room and nursing staff members received trainings on the protocols through a train-the-trainer approach. The first year of the program alone showed strong adherence to the new protocols among staff, leading to more newborns receiving appropriate and timely care after birth.
Our History in Hungary
We have been working in Hungary since 1992, when we began training senior-level health care facility managers in policy analysis, human resource management and financial analysis.
Our work in the country grew through a collaboration with the Ministries of Health and Education, universities and professional nursing associations to help reform and improve nursing education. These efforts led to the establishment of a Nursing Clinical Center of Excellence to serve as a national model of clinical practice and provide an appropriate professional environment for clinical education.
Over the years, HOPE has continued to support professional development for top health care workers, managers and health policy makers in Hungary.
Maternal, newborn and child health have been a core focus of our work in Hungary. In 2012, with the support of the University Children’s Hospital of Krakow, Poland, and the Earl Esterhazy Hospital in Papa, we implemented the Pediatric Respiratory Diseases Management program. In 2014, we initiated the Better Newborn Care for Papa Region of Hungary.