Antenatal Care

A comparison of improvements in anemia indicators in ASSIST and non-ASSIST sites in Mali

This short report describes the findings of a USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project study to assess whether improvements in anemia prevention and management among women and children in Mali were greater...

Improving the Health of Mothers, Newborns, Children, and Adolescents in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Synthesis Report

Over its nearly eight years of implementation, the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project supported USAID's global Preventing Child and Maternal Deaths and Family Planning agendas by: Testing and...

Assessing changes in knowledge and factors influencing behavior related to Zika prevention among women receiving antenatal care in Latin America

The objectives of this study were to determine whether the quality improvement (QI) intervention supported by the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project was associated with a change in women’s knowledge...

Improving management of anemia among pregnant women: Tested changes and guidance from East Central Uganda

Anemia in pregnancy is a global problem. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated the incidence of anemia in pregnancy in 2011 at 38.2% globally, 46.3% in the African region, and 34% in Uganda (WHO 2015). In Uganda, the prevalence of...

Saving Mothers Giving Life: A Northern Uganda Photo Story

The Saving Mothers Giving Life (SMGL) project was a five year (2012-2017) private–public partnership (PPP) aimed at rapidly reducing maternal and newborn mortality in selected districts of Uganda, Zambia, and Nigeria. In Uganda, which has...

Improving Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health in Kenya

This report provides an overview of the USAID ASSIST Project’s experience applying quality improvement (QI) to improve RMNCH services and reduce maternal and newborn mortality in Kenya and offers practical guidance to county-level...

Botswana Maternal Mortality Reduction Initiative: Final Report

Botswana has made tremendous progress in the reduction of maternal mortality since 1990. At that point, the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) in the country was 360 per 100,000 live births. This rate remained high for the following 10 years,...

Scaling up a quality improvement initiative under the Government of India’s RMNCH+A program: Lessons from Chamba District

Praveen Sharma

Head of Programs, India, USAID ASSIST Project/URC

From December 2013, ASSIST’s India team started providing support for quality improvement (QI) initiatives to improve services at health facilities in Chamba District in Himachal Pradesh State. Within a few months, the district government saw good, sustained results from QI initiatives for the Government of India’s RMNCH+A program and with ASSIST’s support, the district government has been very active at all levels (facility, district, state) in scaling up QI.

Quality Improvement Initiatives in the Government of India’s RMNCH+A Strategy: Lessons from Chamba, Himachal Pradesh

ASSIST’s India team started providing QI support in December 2013 to improve services at health facilities in Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh state. Within a few months, the district government saw good, sustained results from QI...

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