Two to Tango: How Men’s Health-Seeking Behaviors May Influence the Spread of Zika in the Caribbean

Morgan Mickle


On February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Zika virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) (I) after information surfaced that linked Zika virus infections with clusters of microcephaly and other neurological complications. While not new (1), the virus began to rapidly spread across the Americas after first being recorded in 2015. By February 4, 2016, 26 countries reported Zika virus infections (II).

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...

World Mental Health Day: Jamaican Health Care Workers providing Psychosocial Support to Children and their Caregivers

Diana Chamrad

Improvement Director, Vulnerable Children & Families, Mental Health USAID Applying Science to Strengthen & Improve Systems Project (ASSIST)

Caregivers and families attending well child visits in Jamaica.-Photo credit: Diana Chamrad, URC.

Safe motherhood studies -- results from Jamaica. Competency of skilled birth attendants, enabling environment for skilled attendance

More than 500,000 women worldwide die each year from complications related to childbirth. With good quality obstetric care, approximately 90% of these deaths could be averted. The assistance of a skilled birth attendant during labor,...

Developing family planning standards in Jamaica

In health care, standards are explicit statements of expected quality in the performance of a healthcare activity. They take the form of specifications for medical procedures, clinical practice guidelines and protocols, standard operating...

The impact of a programme to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Jamaica

Jamaica is experiencing alarmingly high rates of perinatal AIDS, now the second leading cause of death among Jamaican children between one and four years. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Jamaican...

Comparison of two methods for determining provider attendance during normal labor and delivery: results from Benin, Ecuador, Jamaica

The Quality Assurance Project (QAP) compared two data collection methods used to determine the number and type of providers who attended 245 obstetric cases in hospitals in Benin, Ecuador, Jamaica, and Rwanda. Each case was viewed as...