Improvement Specialist for Gender and Knowledge Management, USAID ASSIST Project/WI-HER
May 23rd marked the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. This year’s theme “End fistula, restore women’s dignity,” emphasizes that high rates of fistula continue to debilitate women and girls and deny them equal opportunities around the world.
With support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), 18 health facilities in Western Uganda are preventing unintended and high-risk pregnancies and reducing maternal and new-born mortality by increasing the uptake of modern family planning methods.With support from USAID ASSIST and implementing partners, the facilities applied improvement methods to systematically address barriers to the supply of and demand for family planning.
I returned to Kampala inspired after an excellent gathering organized in Fort Portal, Uganda, by the Saving Mothers Giving Life (SMGL) initiative, where participants from Zambia, Uganda and Nigeria came together to review the progress, share learning and discuss the future course of action. The meeting was inaugurated by inspiring speeches from the Fort Portal District Leader, the USAID Mission Director, and the global SMGL coordinator in Washington.
Improvement Advisor, KM and Communications, Tanzania, USAID ASSIST Project/URC
In February 2015, the Partnership for HIV-Free Survival (PHFS) in Tanzania conducted the second PHFS National Learning Platform which took place in Mbeya Region. This was preceded by the first National Learning Platform conducted in April 2014 in Dar es Salaam. The National Learning Platform was planned as part of the quality improvement framework for PHFS that was designed by the Tanzanian PHFS National Steering Committee, under the global leadership of the USAID ASSIST Project.