A mother in Mali is monitored for 24 hours after delivery and assessed using the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist to reduce dangerous delivery complications. Photo by Lazare Coulibaly, URC.
Family Planning and Reproductive Health
Health practitioners in Guatemala use the Zika Counseling Guide and job aids to provide patient-centered family planning and antenatal counseling that addresses the new Zika context.Photo by Karen Orellana, URC.
Nicaraguan universities train faculty to promote gender equity and detect and respond appropriately to students experiencing gender-based violence. Photo by Ivonne Gomez, URC.
Health Workforce Development
Midwives in Tahoua, Niger improved care and productivity through team-based performance management. Photo by Lauren Crigler, Initiatives Inc.
Village health team members in Uganda discuss strategies to improve maternal and newborn health within the community. Photo by Mary Nasibere, URC.
Interactive role-playing with mothers groups in Pakistan to increase awareness about injection safety. Photo by Dr. Arshad Altaf, Bridge Consultants.
Vulnerable Children & Families
In Nigeria, USAID ASSIST is supporting the scale-up of national standards for vulnerable children programming in seven core service areas. Photo by URC Nigeria.
HIV and AIDS
Expert patients in Morogoro, Tanzania role-play to practice counseling other patients with HIV self-management. Photo by Suzanne Gaudreault, URC.
This is a compilation of products created with support from the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems project (ASSIST) in Kenya based on the experience of applying quality improvement methods to improve quality of services for orphans and vulnerable children. This project was implemented between 2013 to September 2017.
Khunyangu Sub-County Hospital is one of the seven high volume hospitals in Busia County, in Western Kenya. It started implementing quality improvement (QI) in June 2014 when the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) project introduced its work in Busia County. The hospital experienced Artemesinin Combination Therapy (ACT) stock outs due to irrational dispensing of Artemether-Lumefantrine (ALs). There were no stocks of ACTs in March 2014
The use of Sulfadoxine Pyrimethamine (SP), commonly known as fansider in pregnant women without malaria has been shown to provide requisite protection against the disease in malaria endemic regions. A dose of SP is given to women at 16 weeks’ gestation, four weeks apart as a directly observed therapy during antenatal clinic (ANC). Greater therapeutic benefits are realized with more intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy (IPTp) doses. In Kenya, momentum is gaining towards pregnant women receiving three or more doses of IPTp.
Facilities in three high malaria burden counties (Siaya, Busia and Kakamega) formed Work Improvement Teams (WITs) in October 2015 to improve malaria case management data quality and reporting. They reviewed their malaria source documents in comparison with the reported DHIS data and identified gaps. The WITs developed a number of changes to test, which included: data quality audits, data validation, continuing medical education (CME), and on-the-job training on proper documentation. Through these efforts, within 5 months, 50% of their reported data in DHIS was accurate.
USAID ASSIST: Making care better to improve outcomes in USAID-assisted countries. Strengthening health and social systems. Advancing the frontier of improvement science. Finding and contributing ideas for how to improve care, achieve better outcomes, and measure results.