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Male Partner Engagement in Antenatal Care and Zika-related Health Care

The Zika virus, transmitted through mosquito bites, through mother-to-child transmission during pregnancy or through sexual contact, spread rapidly across 27 countries in the Western Hemisphere from 2015 through 2017.1 If a pregnant women...

Strengthening the community response to HIV in Botswana: A cost estimate of the USAID ASSIST community-based improvement intervention

Against the background of Government of Botswana’s expansion of ART under its Treat All strategy launched in June 2016, ASSIST was asked to support expansion of the availability of quality HIV services through the active involvement of...

Cost-effectiveness of an intervention to improve integration of maternal and child HIV services in Ruvuma Region, Tanzania

USAID is supporting provision of services to people with HIV or those at substantive risk of acquiring it in Tanzania through the PEPFAR program (1). To succeed in addressing the UNAIDS goal of having 90% of people with HIV knowing their...

Using quality improvement to reduce hospital-acquired infections: Evaluation of the USAID ASSIST Project in the West Bank

Despite recent gains in health indicators in the Palestinian Territories, evidence from hospital studies suggests that the country is facing a surge in antibiotic-resistant infections due to a lack of standardized infection prevention and...

Barriers and facilitators to head circumference and neurodevelopmental surveillance in wellchild clinics in Jamaica

Neurodevelopmental risks from Zika virus infection during pregnancy are becoming increasingly understood, and comprehensive physical exams, including growth parameters, and developmental monitoring and assessment at each well-child visit...

Analysis of ASSIST program activities for improving the quality of services for PMTCT, 90-90-90 targets, and malaria in Uganda

In the last year of the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project in Uganda, from October 2017 to Dec 2018, ASSIST oriented five USAID implementing partners and their coaches on quality improvement concepts...

Evaluation of a point-of-care HIV testing improvement intervention in Kenya

Obtaining and delivering accurate results from HIV rapid test kits is an important component of addressing the first element of the UNAIDS 90-90-90 strategy. There are several reports of a high proportion of inaccurate results achieved...

Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Improvement Data Validation in South Africa

With PEPFAR funding, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project implemented a continuous quality improvement (CQI) program in South Africa from 2014 to...

Quality of self-assessment and medical record data in facilities with quality improvement teams: A cross-sectional study in India

To better understand the quality of the data teams are collecting and using to guide their improvement work, this report is a study to assess the validity of the data compared to observation of actual practice. Three sources of data were...

Partnership for HIV Free Survival (PHFS) Indicators Data Validation Exercise

Uganda’s PHFS activities began in April 2013 in 22 demonstration sites in six districts. Quality improvement (QI) teams were either formed or reconstituted from those existing for previous improvement activities. They were supported...

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