Short Report

CHW Regional Meeting | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, June 19-21, 2012

The USAID-sponsored Community Health Worker (CHW) Regional Meeting held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from June 19 to 21, 2012, was attended by over 60 government and nongovernmental (NGO) representatives from six African countries (Ethiopia,...

Innovating for Impact: HCI approaches that strengthen human resources for health

Health worker gaps have been demonstrated by the USAID Health Care Improvement Project (HCI) to be effectively addressed through the combined application of human performance technology and quality improvement (QI) methods. Through this...

Improving Pain Management for People with HIV in Rural Uganda

Chronic pain is common among people with HIV. By alleviating pain and suffering, palliative care improves quality of life, and according to recent evidence, it can even increase life-expectancy. Although pain management is widely...

Improving the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV in South Africa

With more people living with HIV than in any other country in the world, South Africa has made noteworthy progress in improving services to prevent mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV.The nation has achieved almost 90% PMTCT...

Cost-effectiveness of improving services to people with HIV in Nicaragua

A 2009 evaluation found that 13% of HIV patients in Nicaragua were lost to follow-up, 16.5% died while on ART and only 45% reported good clinical outcomes. Following this evaluation, with technical assistance provided through the USAID...

Improvements in quality of care and support services for vulnerable children in Bagamoyo District, Tanzania

The HIV/AIDS pandemic, coupled with other factors such as poverty, is the major cause of increased numbers of orphans and vulnerable children in Tanzania. To address this concern, Tanzania’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare led the...

Applying Quality Improvement to Integrate Family Planning in Maternal Health and HIV Services

Since 2010, the USAID Health Care Improvement Project (HCI) has been applying quality improvement (QI) approaches to integrate family planning (FP) counseling and services in maternal health programs and in HIV services. Specifically, HCI...

Evidence-based Health Systems Strengthening

This essay by Dr. James R. Heiby of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provides a compelling case for making process improvement an integral part of service delivery, describing how improvement approaches can...

First Latin America and Caribbean Regional Kangaroo Mother Care Conference: December 7-9, 2011, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Since 2009, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has supported the development and strengthening of Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) activities in ten countries through the USAID Maternal and Child Health Integrated...

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