Africa, Sub-Saharan

Improving Access to Viral Load Monitoring through Viral Load Camps in Northern Uganda

To ensure viral load suppression is being monitored for people living with HIV, the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems project (ASSIST) is working with the district health offices in northern Uganda to increase access...

Improving the quality of family planning services in Uganda: Tested changes implemented in four districts in Western Uganda

The USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project, in partnership with 17 United States Government implementing partners and the Ministry of Health (MOH), is implementing the Saving Mothers Giving Life (SMGL)...

Improving Coverage in the HIV Continuum of Care Response: Tested Changes and Guidance from Uganda

Since April 2013, ASSIST worked with the MOH and implementing partners in Uganda through applying improvement methods to implement the HIV continuum of response (COR) across 41 districts. The HIV COR collaborative uses a model that...

Improving Care of Mothers and Babies: A guide for improvement teams

This guide describes a simple approach through which health care providers and improvement teams can plan, test, implement, continuously assess, refine, and sustain interventions to improve care of mothers and babies. The guide can be used...

Improving malaria case management at Khunyangu Sub-County Hospital, Kenya

Khunyangu Sub-County Hospital in Busia County, Western Kenya provides preventive and curative services through outpatient and inpatient departments. The USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems project (ASSIST), with...

Poor-resourced countries need to pay attention to both the “hard” and “soft” components of quality governance

Subiri Obwogo

Senior Quality Improvement Advisor, Kenya, USAID ASSIST Project/URC


Discussants of the webinar on “Necessary Components to Governing Quality,” distinguished between the ‘hard’ components of governance such as national policies and strategies, and the ‘soft’ components such as leadership support and developing a culture for improvement. They cited examples of countries that have hard governance components, but have not successfully operationalized these. They concluded that a national quality improvement strategy or policy is not the key to improving quality of care, and countries should instead focus on ‘soft’ components.

Report on Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Baseline and Follow-on Assessment for Continuous Quality Improvement

This report summarizes the findings of baseline and follow-on assessments of services provided by six PSI VMMC teams. The baseline assessment was conducted by ASSIST in collaboration with the MOH’s HIV and AIDS Department and Zonal and...

National Standards and Guidelines for Care for Vulnerable Children, Lesotho

Evidence and experience from African countries that have been severely affected by the HIV and AIDS epidemic have shown that the loss of a productive family member exerts a financial burden on the household and can have serious...

A call for stronger African leadership in health

Francis Omaswa

Executive Director, African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation

I am proud to introduce a new book entitled African Health Leaders: Making Change and Claiming the Future.  It was first launched in September 2014 during the UN General Assembly in New York. A number of contributions by the Ashgovnet community have made their way into this book, which was edited by Lord Nigel Crisp and me. There are supporting statements from the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Her Excellency Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and Dr. Tim Evans of the World Bank. It is available for order online on Amazon and the Oxford University Press.