Secci, Federica

Global Practice on Health, Nutrition and Population, The World Bank
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Health management and policy, Quality of care, Performance measurement, Behavior change
Global Practice on Health, Nutrition and Population, The World Bank
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Last updated January 31, 2023
Federica Secci is a Health Specialist in the Global Engagement unit of the HNP Global Practice. She joined the Bank as a Young Professional in 2013 and has supported operations and analytical work across different countries and regions, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Chile, India, and Vietnam. She currently works on the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative (PHCPI), a partnership launched in 2015 to improve measurement and use of data in PHC, and for which she co-leads the country engagement work stream. Prior to the Bank, Federica was a Research Fellow at Imperial College London, focusing mostly on quality of care and behavior change related to infection prevention and control in hospitals. Federica's doctoral research was a comparative, qualitative analysis of the PHC reforms in Estonia and Lithuania drawing from sociology and institutional theory. Federica also contributed to systematic reviews looking at integration of vertical programs into PHC.
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    Nepal: Maternal and Reproductive Health at a Glance
    (World Bank, Washington, DC, 2014-11) El-Saharty, Sameh ; Ohno, Naoko ; Sarker, Intissar ; Secci, Federica ; Bhattarai, Manav
    Nepal has made a remarkable progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), especially in extreme poverty and education. Nepal has achieved MDG 5 but only one in three births is attended by skilled medical personnel. Disparities exist in access to maternal care by residence and wealth quintiles. The total fertility rate has declined to 2.4 in 2012, along with increased contraceptive use at 50 percent. High unmet need of 27 percent still remains. Nutritional deficiencies for pregnant and lactating women remain a challenge. Nepal has initiated a number of key interventions to respond to increased adolescents needs for health services, improve accessibility and quality of services at local level, and enhance equitable access to services through micro-planning exercise and provision of financial protection.