Central America and the Caribbean

How a rash can turn into something so devastating: Zika’s effects on babies

Vicky Ramirez

Consultant, USAID ASSIST Project/URC

Andrew Gall

Improvement Advisor, USAID ASSIST Project/URC

In 4 out of 5 people, a Zika infection will have zero signs. In some, it can trigger mild symptoms such as a rash and conjunctivitis, but for a fetus—it can affect him for the rest of his life.

MAKING IMPROVEMENTS TO THE "AMISTAD-JAPÓN HOSPITAL" BLOOD BANK IN GUATEMALA

Problem: PROBLEM: Japan Friendship Hospital’s laboratory and blood bank, located in the Izabal department of Guatemala, has always had to share the same physical space with patients, affecting the quality of care to clients. These...

Nicaragua | Family Planning Expansion Collaborative

Date improvement activities began: November, 2009 Aims/objectives: The aim of this collaborative was to continue to increase the availability and uptake of family planning (FP) services at MINSA facilities across Nicaragua, incorporate...

Nicaragua | Family Planning Demonstration Collaborative

Date improvement activities began: February, 2009 Date of end of collaborative: November, 2009 Aims/objectives: The aim of this collaborative was to increase the availability and uptake of family planning (FP) services at MINSA hospitals...

Expanding the learning: spread of innovations in MNCH to new teams | Nicaragua

In 2003 the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health (MINSA), in collaboration with the USAID Quality Assurance Project (QAP) and its successor, the Health Care Improvement (HCI) Project, began establishing continuous quality improvement (CQI)...

Nicaragua | Prevention and Management of Obstetric and Neonatal Complications (CONE) Collaborative

Date improvement activities began: March, 2009 Date of end of collaborative: September, 2010 Aims/objectives: The aim of the collaborative was to achieve the following objectives in maternal health during the 18 months of the collaborative...

Nicaragua | Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) Improvement Collaborative

Date improvement activities began: January, 2009 Date of end of collaborative: August, 2010 Aims/objectives: The collaborative aimed to provide early and opportune anti-retroviral therapy (ART) who fall under the treatment initiation...

Institutionalization of Improved Quality of Care and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) in Demonstration and Replication Regions| Honduras

This study investigates whether the improvements in quality of care achieved during implementation of Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) activities in Honduras were maintained over time. CQI was implemented in Honduras in two phases...

Process and Level of Institutionalization Achieved in AMOCSA, a Private Health Care Entity in Chinandega, Nicaragua

USAID has supported the introduction and implementation of Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) activities in Nicaragua since the year 2000, first through the Quality Improvement Project (QAP) and most recently through the Health Care...

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