In Georgia, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) constitute about 60% of total morbidity and mortality in the adult population, and acute respiratory tract infections (RTIs) are the most frequent reasons for seeking medical care among children. While effective interventions can prevent and treat NCDs and RTIs, appropriate care delivery remains very low due to fragmented health service delivery at each level of care and low compliance with evidence-based best practices.
This annual report for the USAID ASSIST Project summarizes the project's accomplishments and results in FY15 supporting the application of modern improvement methods by host country providers and managers in USAID-assisted countries. During FY15, USAID ASSIST provided assistance in 23 countries through field and core funding.
This synthesis of evidence-based changes to improve processes and systems for maternal and newborn care in Uganda was developed for the Ministry of Health by the USAID ASSIST Project as part of its assistance to the PEPFAR-funded Saving Mothers Giving Life (SMGL) initiative.
SMGL was launched in 2012 to accelerate the reduction of maternal and newborn deaths in sub-Saharan African countries, with initial focus on Uganda and Zambia. It was designed to address the three major gaps in health service delivery that are often associated with maternal and newborn deaths.
This technical report describes the results of USAID ASSIST support to the Ministry of Health of Malawi’s national Nutrition Care, Support and Treatment (NCST) program from 2013-2014. Beginning in February 2013, USAID ASSIST started working with teams of district coaches and facility-based health care workers in eight facilities to apply a quality improvement approach to integrate nutrition services in HIV care. After examining their care processes, the teams decided to focus first on ensuring that all patients who came for HIV and tuberculosis care were screened for malnutrition.