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USAID ASSIST Project Annual Performance Monitoring Report FY18

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...

The Continuum of Care for Zika

Alison Lucas

Knowledge Management and Communications Specialist, USAID ASSIST Project/URC

Jorge Hermida

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.

Evaluation of an Intervention to Improve Essential Obstetric and Newborn Care Access and Quality in Cotopaxi, Ecuador

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-...

Improving Health Care: The Results and Legacy of the USAID Health Care Improvement Project

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,...

Integration of maternal and newborn health care: A technical meeting and blog series

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:

  1. 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
  2. Identify the barriers to and opportunities for integrating maternal and newborn care across the continuum
  3. Develop a list of actions the global maternal and newborn health communities can take to ensure greater programmatic coherence and effectiveness

Comunidad de Practica Canguro Seminario Web / KMC Community of Practice Webinar

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Nombre del Seminario: “Perspectivas para la expansión del Método Canguro en América Latina: de dónde venimos, en dónde estamos y a dónde vamos”

What has HCI done to institutionalize improvement? A report from 17 countries

This assessment examined the varying ways that the USAID Health Care Improvement Project (HCI) has facilitated the institutionalization of improvement at the national level across 17 HCI-supported countries. This was a qualitative...

Validity of self-assessments of performance by continuous quality improvement teams | Ecuador

Quality improvement work in developing countries commonly uses self-assessment by facility-based teams to measure compliance with quality standards. While self-assessment is an efficient method of monitoring program performance that fosters team ownership of the improvement process, it may have the disadvantage of positive bias leading to concerns about validity of findings from self-assessment.

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