Short Report

Strengthening Community Health Systems to Improve Health Care at the Community Level

Communities play a key role in the continuum of care as they can increase access to care by spreading health promotion messages, contributing to case identification, referring to facilities, and following up patients. Much of a patient’s...

Decentralizing TB Services to Improve Access to Treatment in Swaziland

This short report describes the work conducted by University Research Co., LLC (URC) from 2006 to 2014, through the USAID-funded Quality Assurance, Health Care Improvement, and Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST)...

Providing TB Services to Health Care Workers in Swaziland through Wellness Screening

Health care workers (HCWs) are the health care delivery system’s most valuable asset, and no hospital or clinic can guarantee the highest quality of care to its patients if the health and safety of its staff are at risk. It is estimated...

Improving Outcomes for Mothers, Newborns, and Children

This short report describes the approaches used and some of the results achieved by the USAID ASSIST Project to improve care for mothers, newborns, and children.

Ensuring an Effective Continuum of Response and Cascade of Care for Persons Living with HIV in Uganda

The Continuum of Response (COR) approach seeks to provide clients and their families with the essential prevention, care/support, and treatment services to reduce HIV transmission and disease progression and to maximize health outcomes...

Metrics for improving effectiveness, safety and client-centeredness of post-partum family planning services

Family planning (FP) is one of the highest impact interventions for reducing maternal and child mortality. However, unmet demand for FP services remains high in many countries, resulting in a failure to achieve Healthy Timing and Spacing...

Making Health Care about People: Applying People-centered Care Principles to Family Planning Improvement Work in West Africa

The World Health Organization (WHO) has developed a new strategy on people-centered health care that places a strong focus on the re-orienting the health system as a whole, including the importance of engaging community and patient groups...

Virtual Collaboratives to Improve Maternal and Child Health

Modern quality improvement approaches offer methods to overcome common barriers related to quality of care, including in the context of weak health systems that face severe limitations in terms of materials and and human resources...

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