Country Descriptions

  • Botswana

    Engaging with different levels of the health system, ASSIST in Botswana is working to strengthen the community health system response to HIV to contribute to epidemic control. The project applies improvement approaches to address quality and service gaps along the HIV care and treatment cascade and supports the scale-up of community-based provision of services in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health, district health management teams, and other PEPFAR implementing partners.

    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 and quality of services to prevent mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV and to provide community-level support to retain mothers and infants in care. Additionally, ASSIST is collaborating with PEPFAR implementing partners to improve retention in care and adherence to therapy for people living with HIV to meet UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets within the five PEPFAR-supported USAID priority provinces. 

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

  • Cambodia

    The project is advising the Cambodian Ministry of Health and the five health professions councils that regulate doctors, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, and midwives on the development of a new law to regulate and license health practitioners. ASSIST in Cambodia is also supporting the councils to design and test a harmonized system for registration and establish accountable business models to ensure the financial sustainability of the registration process.

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

  • Côte d’Ivoire

    In Côte d’Ivoire, ASSIST provides technical support to the Ministry of Health (MOH) and PEPFAR implementing partners to develop their capacity to support the delivery of high-quality HIV care and treatment services throughout the country. ASSIST is also supporting the MOH to develop national quality standards and policies and is working with four university hospitals to develop quality assurance and improvement systems.

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

  • Dominican Republic

    As part of the Zika virus epidemic emergency response, ASSIST is providing intensive assistance to the Ministry of Health in the Dominican Republic to conduct a baseline assessment, revise Zika-related clinical guidelines, train health care providers on counseling skills, improve Zika-related clinical processes, launch an accredited course on Zika-related health care, implement a Zika quality improvement program, and cultivate a Zika community of practice. 

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

  • Ecuador

    As part of the Zika virus epidemic emergency response, ASSIST is providing limited Zika care improvement support to the Ministry of Health of Ecuador.

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

  • El Salvador

    As part of the Zika virus epidemic emergency response, ASSIST is providing intensive assistance to the Ministry of Health in El Salvador to conduct a baseline assessment, revise Zika-related clinical guidelines, train health care providers on counseling skills, improve Zika-related clinical processes, launch an accredited course on Zika-related health care, implement a Zika quality improvement program, and cultivate a Zika community of practice.

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

  • Guatemala

    As part of the Zika virus epidemic emergency response, ASSIST is providing intensive assistance to the Ministry of Health in Guatemala to conduct a baseline assessment, revise Zika-related clinical guidelines, train health care providers on counseling skills, improve Zika-related clinical processes, launch an accredited course on Zika-related health care, implement a Zika quality improvement program, and cultivate a Zika community of practice.

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

  • Honduras

    As part of the Zika virus epidemic emergency response, ASSIST is providing intensive assistance to the Ministry of Health in Honduras to conduct a baseline assessment, revise Zika-related clinical guidelines, train health care providers on counseling skills, improve Zika-related clinical processes, launch an accredited course on Zika-related health care, implement a Zika quality improvement program, and cultivate a Zika community of practice. 

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

  • India

    In India, the project is enhancing improvement capability in the Indian health system by building the capacity of individuals and institutions to conduct improvements across the reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child, and adolescent health (RMNCH+A) continuum .

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

  • 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.

  • Kenya

    In Kenya, ASSIST is working to institutionalize and scale up gains made in facility- and community-level improvement work to ensure sustainability. The project is supporting the Ministries of Health (MOH) and Labor, Social Security and Services (MEACL&SP), the National AIDS and STI Control Program, US government implementing partners, and county governments to design and implement strategies that will enhance the quality of health service delivery.

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

  • Lesotho

    With PEPFAR support, ASSIST is supporting the Ministry of Health in developing a national strategy to improve the quality of HIV and AIDS services. The project provides intensive support to sites and district health management teams in the five high-burden districts to eliminate new infections among children, reduce HIV-related deaths, increase HIV testing services and ART coverage, improve viral load monitoring, deliver high-quality voluntary medical male circumcision services, and provide nutritional support to HIV patients.  ASSIST is also working with district health management teams in “sustained response” districts to monitor the quality of HIV services. ASSIST also works with the Ministry of Social Development and community-based organizations to improve their capacity to provide case management services for vulnerable children and their families.

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

  • Malawi

    In Malawi, ASSIST is building the capacity of communities to improve the quality of services provided to vulnerable children and their families through training and support for community quality improvement teams and community facilitators.  ASSIST is also supporting the One Community Project to scale up the use of improvement methods, aiming to strengthen health and social services for vulnerable populations, promoting their resilience. The project also supports the Ministry of Health and PEPFAR implementing partners to improve the quality and safety of voluntary medical male circumcision services at high-volume sites.

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

  • Mali

    In Mali, ASSIST is working with the Ministry of Health to scale up successful past achievements improving the quality of obstetric and neonatal services and reducing maternal and infant anemia. Focused on evidence-based, patient-centered, high-impact, and cost-effective interventions, the project supports an approach to care that responds to patients' needs and strengthens the capacity of households to participate in an informed way about their own care.

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

  • Namibia

    The project is working with the Ministry of Health and Social Services, private providers, and PEPFAR implementing partners to improve the quality of voluntary medical male circumcision (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

    As part of the Zika virus epidemic emergency response, ASSIST is providing intensive assistance to the Ministry of Health in Nicaragua to conduct a baseline assessment, revise Zika-related clinical guidelines, train health care providers on counseling skills, improve Zika-related clinical processes, launch an accredited course on Zika-related health care, implement a Zika quality improvement program, and cultivate a Zika community of practice. 

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

  • Pakistan

    ASSIST is conducting two cost-effectiveness analyses in Pakistan: one is of a maternal and child vaccination program; the other, a family planning program. The studies were commissioned to provide information on program efficiency to USAID and provincial and national public health officials as the basis for evidence-based decision-making.

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

  • Paraguay

    As part of the Zika virus epidemic emergency response, ASSIST is providing limited Zika care improvement support to the Ministry of Health in Paraguay.

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

  • Peru

    As part of the Zika virus epidemic emergency response, ASSIST is providing limited Zika care improvement support to the Ministry of Health in Peru.

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

  • South Africa

    In South Africa, ASSIST works with the Department of Health and PEPFAR implementing partners to improve the quality and safety of medical male circumcision services. The project also works to capacitate the Department of Health staff at all levels on the use of continuous quality improvement methodology and tools and supports Technical Working Groups at the national and provincial levels to incorporate quality improvement as a fundamental health system function.

    For more information on ASSIST's work in South Africa, please contact assist-info@urc-chs.com.

  • Southern Africa Region

    ASSIST is using data-driven improvement approaches to build the capacity of service delivery organizations in two provinces in South Africa, as well as in selected sites in Botswana, Lesotho, and Mozambique, to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, client-centeredness, safety, accessibility, and equity of the nutrition assessment, counseling, and support (NACS) services for HIV clients.

  • Swaziland

    ASSIST Swaziland is working to improve quality in the national voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) program by supporting this program to strengthen its management of quality assurance and quality improvement within the network of VMMC providers. ASSIST is also supporting the Ministry of Health to implement its national framework policy for improving the effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of in-service training; thus, building the capacity of the health workforce to deliver quality health services.

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

  • Tanzania

    Focusing on high-volume facilities, the project supports the Government of Tanzania and PEPFAR implementing partners to apply improvement methods and promotes facility- and community-based services to increase the effectiveness of service delivery in HIV care, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, voluntary medical male circumcision, and child protection, particularly for the most vulnerable.

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

  • Uganda

    ASSIST is supporting the Ministry of Health to strengthen the health system and improve family health care and HIV prevention and care within 15 districts of Northern Uganda focusing on mother, newborn and child health; family planning; nutrition services; and treatment of tuberculosis and malaria. Providing above-site technical supports to an additional 39 districts in other regions of Uganda, the project aims to enable district teams, implementing partners, and facilities to: (1) achieve UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets; (2) keep mother-to-child transmission of HIV below 5%; (3) implement the DREAMS initiative for HIV prevention among adolescent girls and young women; (4) improve the quality of malaria, tuberculosis, and voluntary medical male circumcision services; and (5) strengthen the health system. These efforts are generating new knowledge to improve service delivery and better health outcomes.

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

  • West Bank

    ASSIST is working in the West Bank with selected high-volume hospitals to implement improvement activities to reduce hospital-acquired infections.

  • Zambia

    In collaboration with the Ministry of Health and other PEPFAR implementing partners, ASSIST is supporting the implementation and scale-up of nutrition assessment, counseling and support (NACS) for people living with HIV and engagement, retention, and adherence to HIV care in Zambia by applying modern quality improvement techniques to strengthen health systems.

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