Country Descriptions

  • Botswana

    ASSIST is working with district-level Ministry of Health (MOH) staff and other PEPFAR implementing partners to facilitate the engagement and linkage of existing community structures with the formal health system to increase retention in care of HIV-positive patients.

    For more information on ASSIST’s work in Botswana, please contact assist-info@urc-chs.com.

  • Burundi

    The project is working with the MOH to improve the uptake of prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services for mothers, their partners, and their infants and to improve quality of care and retention of mothers and infants along the PMTCT cascade, including community-level support. The project is also building the capacity of the National AIDS Control Program to monitor and evaluate the quality of PMTCT services nationally.

    For more information on ASSIST’s work in Burundi, please contact assist-info@urc-chs.com.

  • Cambodia

    ASSIST is advising the MOH and the five health professions councils that regulate doctors, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, and midwives on the development of a new law on regulation of health practitioners and supporting the councils to prepare for enactment of the new legislation. The project is supporting the councils to design and test a harmonized system for registration and to establish accountable business models to ensure the financial sustainability of the registration process.

  • Côte d’Ivoire

    ASSIST is providing technical support to PEPFAR implementing partners to improve their capacity to support the MOH in delivering high quality HIV care and treatment services throughout the country.  ASSIST is also helping to strengthen the leadership, management, and planning capacity of the MOH quality improvement unit and to develop a national quality policy.  In addition, ASSIST is working to establish a quality improvement system in the country’s four university hospitals.

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo

    ASSIST is supporting the MOH to improve PMTCT services and retention in care for people living with HIV (PLHIV) in collaboration with other implementing partners.  ASSIST is also strengthening the improvement capacity of national, provincial, and health zone managers to address technical and health systems gaps.

    For more information on ASSIST’s work in Democratic Republic of the Congo, please contact assist-info@urc-chs.com.

  • India

    The project is working with key actors in the Indian health system at the community, facility, district, state and national levels to lead health care improvement activities focused on the reproductive health-MNCH-adolescent continuum in all USAID priority districts. Now in its final phase, the project is supporting all priority districts to scale up improvement activities and is advising new districts as well as institutions like the All India Institute of Medical Sciences on quality improvement strategies.

  • Indonesia

    In partnership with the Universitas Indonesia Center for Family Welfare, the project is evaluating the quality of care provided in hospitals undergoing Joint Commission International (JCI) and Indonesian Hospital Commission (KARS) accreditation.

    For more information on ASSIST’s work in Indonesia, please contact assist-info@urc-chs.com.

  • Jordan

    In collaboration with the MOH and WHO, ASSIST is conducting a rapid assessment of prevention, screening, and care practices for clinical conditions contributing to the highest disease burden and premature mortality.

    For more information on ASSIST’s work in Jordan, please contact assist-info@urc-chs.com.

  • Kenya

    ASSIST is supporting the MOH, the Ministry of Labor, Social Security and Services, the National AIDS and STI Control Program, USG implementing partners, and county governments to design and implement strategies that will enhance the quality of service delivery in the health sector, including: MNCH and reproductive health services to reduce maternal and neonatal deaths; malaria case management; HIV care and treatment; and child protection and care of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC).

  • Latin American Virtual Collaborative on Newborn Sepsis

    In partnership with the LAC Newborn Health Alliance, the Pan American Health Organization, UNICEF, and the Mesoamerican 2015 Initiative, ASSIST is providing web-based technical support to hospitals in five countries in the region as part of a virtual improvement collaborative aimed at reducing cases of newborn sepsis by implementing evidence-based practices.

    For more information on ASSIST’s work in Latin America, please contact assist-info@urc-chs.com.

  • Lesotho

    The project is supporting the Ministry of Health in the development of a national strategy to improve the quality of HIV and AIDS services and is providing intensive support to sites in high-burden districts to eliminate new infections among children, reduce HIV-related maternal deaths, and increase ART coverage and patient self-management of HIV as a chronic condition.  ASSIST is also supporting district health management teams in “sustained response” districts to oversee and monitor the quality of services for PLHIV.  With Harvard University School of Public Health, ASSIST is conducting

  • Malawi

    ASSIST is building the capacity of the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability, and Social Welfare, districts, and USAID partners to implement national standards to improve OVC services.  In particular, the project is building the capacity of District Social Welfare Officers to promote coordination, transparency, cost efficiency, and sustainability in OVC programing.

  • Mali

    The project is working with the MOH to apply improvement methods at the health facility and community levels to improve the quality of essential obstetric and newborn care and post-partum family planning services in two regions and supporting the MOH to improve anemia prevention and control activities. In collaboration with the MOH and WHO, ASSIST is supporting testing of the Safe Childbirth Checklist and promoting patient-centered maternal and newborn care.

  • Mozambique

    ASSIST, with Harvard University School of Public Health, is conducting a study of HIV community cadres and how they can be harmonized with national CHW programs.

    For more information on ASSIT's work in Mozambique, pelase contact assist-info@urc-chs.com.

  • Namibia

    ASSIST is working with the Ministry of Health and Social Services, private providers, and PEPFAR implementing partners to improve the quality of VMMC services, infection prevention and control practices, HIV counseling and testing, and HIV care and treatment.

    For more information on ASSIST’s work in Namibia, please contact assist-info@urc-chs.com.

  • Nicaragua

    The project is supporting the institutionalization of improvement methods in pre-service training about HIV prevention and care in medical and nursing schools in Nicaragua, including the development of virtual diploma courses on research methodology, quality management, and HIV combination prevention and care.  ASSIST is also supporting six NGOs serving populations of sexual diversity and people with HIV to implement quality management programs.

  • Niger

    The project is supporting the Ministry of Public Health to test models to improve the integration of postpartum family planning services into two urban and one rural district.  A primary purpose of the project is to demonstrate scalable, cost-effective approaches to achieve effective coverage of postpartum family planning services. 

  • South Africa

    The project works with the Department of Health at all levels, providing technical assistance to build capacity at national and provincial levels in strategic planning, supervision, program review, training, and mentorship in HIV prevention and treatment. ASSIST is directly supporting sites and implementing partners to integrate continuous quality improvement (CQI) in VMMC programs.

  • Swaziland

    The project is supporting the MOH to strengthen the National Sample Transport System, improve laboratory-related care and treatment monitoring, and injection safety and waste management to reduce the transmission of blood-borne infections. ASSIST is also carrying out research to evaluate the sensitivity of the national TB screening algorithm in pregnant women and to validate the CHW performance logic model for community cadres supporting HIV and TB services.

  • Tanzania

    The project supports the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) and PEPFAR implementing partners to apply improvement methods to increase the effectiveness of PMTCT, ART, VMMC, vulnerable children services and child protection, and community-based services and linkages to promote ART adherence and retention in care, with a focus on high-volume facilities.

  • Uganda

    ASSIST is supporting the MOH, district management teams, implementing partners, and health facilities to improve the HIV continuum of response, improve the quality of VMMC services, improve TB care, and implement the PHFS initiative.  ASSIST is providing direct support for improving HIV and family health services to sites in Northern Uganda and supporting the implementation of the Saving Mothers Giving Life (SMGL) initiative in six districts in Northern Uganda.

  • West Bank/Gaza

    In collaboration with the MOH and WHO, ASSIST is conducting a rapid assessment of prevention, screening, and care practices for clinical conditions contributing to the highest disease burden and premature mortality.

  • Zambia

    The project is working with the Ministry of Health and other implementing partners to integrate nutrition services into HIV care to improve health outcomes of HIV clients and increase their retention in care.

    For more information on ASSIST’s work in Zambia, please contact assist-info@urc-chs.com.