USAID ASSIST Senior Gender Technical Advisor, Dr. Taroub Harb Faramand, MD, MPH, and President of WI-HER LLC (Women Influencing Health, Education and Rule of Law), will lead a presentation on gender integration through the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project at USAID.
This presentation will describe how the USAID ASSIST Project integrates gender by incorporating modern improvement techniques to identify and overcome gender-related issues and barriers to achieve better outcomes for women, men, boys and girls. The presentation will focus specifically on gender integration activities in the Safe male circumcision (SMC), Non-communicable diseases, and in PMTCT programming. It will describe gender integration planning methods and will also discuss the use of sex-disaggregated data for improvement and illustrate how to move from analysis to intervention through stories from the field. The presentation will also share relevant tools developed for the USAID ASSIST Project which have aided the project to integrate gender and track progress, such as multi-facility and multi-region improvement databases for collecting and analyzing sex-disaggregated data. We will also share lessons learned and examples of what does not work.
This post by Rebecca Shore originally appeared on the K4Health Project website. Shore writes about the power of storytelling and how it resonates with the receiver of knowledge. Storytelling is especially salient for KM approaches in the ASSIST Project as facility-level teams aim to learn from each others' successes in the implementation of an improvement activitiy.
Knowledge management (KM) is something that helps all of us do our jobs. Whether we identify it as KM, the processes by which we organize, disseminate, package, and share information is KM. As a public health professional, before I worked for the K4Health project, I had never considered KM or really knew what it meant. Storytelling always appealed to me as a communicator, but I never considered it as a KM method.
In close collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH), Regional Health Bureaus (RHB), Zonal Health Departments (ZHD) and Woreda Health Offices (WorHO), the Maternal and Newborn Health in Ethiopia Partnership (MaNHEP) has worked for three-and-a-half years to implement a community care package for mothers and babies around the time of birth in 51 kebeles of Amhara and Oromia regions.This document represents a summary of the ideas and changes that have been shown to improve access to care at the community level.
With support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project, a team of health care workers from 47 health facilities and one hospital in 40 districts (48 sites) in Uganda used quality improvement methods to improve retention of HIV-positive children under age 14 on antiretroviral therapy (ART). Dramatic improvements were noted, from 30% of children under age 14 retained on ART in March 2013 before the start of intervention activities to 94% by end of January 2014.