Summary Report of the Activities of the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems Project in Antigua and Barbuda
The USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project provided short-term technical assistance (STTA) over a period of approximately 18 months in Antigua, supporting 27 functioning health facilities – five main health centers, 21 sub-centers/satellite clinics, and the national hospital – to carry out quality improvement (QI) activities in the context of the Zika response. Health centers in Barbuda were not fully functional at the start of the project, due to infrastructure damage caused by natural disasters, and therefore were not included as a part of this project.
The QI activities were aimed at:
- Increasing the number and proportion of infants affected by Congenital Syndrome associated with Zika virus (CSaZ) receiving timely recommended care
- Increasing the proportion of children under five attending well-baby clinics who are screened for neurodevelopmental delays in accordance to national and international guidelines, and for those identified as suspected of or having a neurodevelopmental delay, further referred to the appropriate level of specialized care
- Improving newborn care, specifically focused on improving standard evaluation at birth to detect suspected CSaZ
- Improving the skills of health care workers to provide quality psycho-social support services for mothers and families affected by Zika
This summary report highlights the key ASSIST activities and results in Antigua and Barbuda.