Short Report

Increasing Accountability for the Reliability of Rapid HIV Test Results: Observations from Seven Facilities in Rungwe District Council, Tanzania

In Tanzania in 2015, the USAID ASSIST project in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MOHCDGEC) and implementing partners (IPs) was tasked to support activities to improve the quality of HIV rapid testing at point-of-care testing sites in 27 PEPFAR scale-up saturation districts of the Tanzania mainland under the regional HIV rapid testing quality improvement initiative (RTQII). 

Improving education performance in primary schools in Malawi

Community QI teams worked with 20 rural primary schools from Balaka and Mangochi districts to improve termly academic performance of vulnerable children attending primary schools. The teams found that vulnerable children face many barriers to academic success, ranging from food scarcity at the household level, lack of scholastic materials, limited parenting skills, and scarcity of positive role models in the communities for children to emulate.

Improving linkages to livelihood interventions

In 2013, ASSIST began working with five community quality improvement (QI) teams in two districts, Mangochi and Balaka, to improve the quality of services delivered to orphans and vulnerable children and their families. ASSIST worked with 10 CBOs and helped form QI teams with key community volunteers from the executive committee and community extension workers from health, education, and agriculture sectors. After receiving QI training, teams assessed vulnerable children’s needs, finding food security was one of the biggest challenges they were facing.