University Research Co., LLC (URC) and its partners have completed six years of implementation of theUSAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project. This report is the sixth Annual Performance Monitoring Report...
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.
Despite improvements in health-care utilization, disadvantages persist among rural, less educated, and indigenous populations in Ecuador. The United States Agency for International Development-funded Cotopaxi Project created a provincial-...
This final report of the USAID Health Care Improvement Project (HCI) summarizes the key accomplishments and learning of this seven-year global technical assistance project of the USAID Office of Health Systems. Implemented from 2007-2014,...
The following blog was originally featured on the Healthy Newborn Network and was written by Katie Millar. The post follows a conference in Boston that focused on integrating MNCH approaches across the continuum of care. ASSIST's Jorge Hermida and Kathleen Hill attended and presented at the conference.
On September 9th and 10th, the Maternal Health Task Force and Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives program convened experts in Boston to discuss maternal and newborn health integration. The meeting, “Integration of Maternal and Newborn Health Care: In Pursuit of Quality,” hosted about 50 global leaders—researchers, program implementers and funders—in maternal and newborn health to accomplish the following three objectives:
Review the knowledge base on integration of maternal and newborn health care and the promising approaches, models and tools that exist for moving this agenda forward
Identify the barriers to and opportunities for integrating maternal and newborn care across the continuum
Develop a list of actions the global maternal and newborn health communities can take to ensure greater programmatic coherence and effectiveness