Senior QI Advisor, MNCH, and Latin America Regional Director, USAID ASSIST Project/URC
In 2016, scientists confirmed the link between Zika infection during pregnancy and severe birth complications, most notably microcephaly. Thankfully, cases of Zika infection in Latin America and the Caribbean dropped dramatically in 2017; however, Zika is unlikely to ever disappear completely from the region.
In 2017 the USAID ASSIST Project, implemented by URC, completed its fifth year of quality improvement work. We worked in 33 countries, alongside 159 governments and implementing partners, convening over 4,000 improvement teams, and reaching a catchment population of over 112 million!