Central America and the Caribbean

Use of comparison groups in quality improvement: A review of analyses under the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project

Introduction : While evaluations of quality improvement interventions often show significant improvements in performance, they often lack comparison groups. The USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project was...

Improving the Health of Mothers, Newborns, Children, and Adolescents in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Synthesis Report

Over its nearly eight years of implementation, the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project supported USAID's global Preventing Child and Maternal Deaths and Family Planning agendas by: Testing and...

USAID ASSIST Project FY20 Annual Performance Monitoring Report

University Research Co., LLC (URC) and its partners have completed almost eight years of implementation of the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project. This report is the 16 th and final Semi-Annual...

USAID ASSIST Project Research and Evaluation Report FY20

This annual report for FY20 summarizes the USAID ASSIST Project's research and evaluation activities in FY20, for the nine months that the project operated (October 1, 2019 through June 29, 2020). It provides a short description of each of...

Collaborative Improvement of Care and Support for Children and Families Affected by Zika in Selected Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean

As part of the USAID response to the Zika virus epidemic in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), the USAID ASSIST Project applied quality improvement (QI) and collaborative learning methods to strengthen prenatal care, newborn care, and...

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.

Improving Uptake, Retention, and Quality of PMTCT Services along the Entire Continuum of Care: Evaluation Findings, Tested Changes, and Guidance from Tanzania

Tanzania’s Iringa Region, located in the southern highlands, has one of the country’s highest HIV prevalence rates at 9.1% among adults age 15-49. Among women who utilize antenatal care services in the Iringa region, 81% receive HIV...

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...

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