Health and Nutrition

Going beyond formation of QI Teams: Evidence based intervention gains AGYW get when community QI teams are functional

The USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project established a community-based QI model of addressing HIV risk among AGYW comprising of setting up and making functional community QI teams to: (1) build skills...

Strategies to Increase Identification of HIV Positive Children: A Compilation of Successfully Tested Changes in Communities and Health Facilities in Uganda

Identifying and diagnosing children as HIV-infected is the first step in the continuum of pediatric care and treatment. As part of its contribution to the UNAIDS first 90 goal to have 90% of all HIV infected people diagnosed, the USAID...

Improving household food security and economic status of vulnerable households in Mangochi District

With support from United States Agency for International Development (USAID), a multi-sectoral quality improvement (QI) team of extension workers and community members in Mangochi District, Malawi targeted a total of 587 vulnerable...

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...

Improving identification of new HIV positive children and adults: the role of community structures

The USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems project (ASSIST), in collaboration with orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) implementing partner, Uganda Private Health Support Program (UPHS), set out to improve case finding...

Improving services for orphans and vulnerable children in Uganda

This short report describes the support USAID ASSIST is providing in Uganda to the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development and other implementing partners to improve service delivery for vulnerable children by working with...

Behind the walls: health and psychosocial needs of incarcerated youth in Haiti

Diana Chamrad

Senior Technical Advisor, Vulnerable Child and Family Programs, USAID ASSIST Project/URC
Play Yard in Haiti Youth Prison

Play Yard in Haiti Youth Prison

When bumping along the streets of Port au Prince, Haiti, you don’t always think about who lives behind the building walls you see from your car.  But today, along with Daniel Joseph, the USAID ASSIST Resident Advisor in Haiti, I had a glimpse into life for 129 teenage boys living behind the walls of a juvenile prison, Centre de Reeducation des Mineurs en Conflit avec la Loi (CERMICOL). These boys range in age from 13 to 17 years and have been incarcerated for alleged crimes ranging from theft to rape and murder.  Pretrial detainment is a common occurrence with only 8 of the 129 boys having appeared before a judge, resulting in some boys imprisoned for one or two years without a court appearance.

Improving household food security in Mwanganya area through community involvement in Karonga District, Malawi

With support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), a group of community members agreed to improve their household food security situation during the hunger months with support from a multi-sectoral team of...

National Quality Service Guidelines for Improving Vulnerable Children Programs in Haiti

Before the Haiti drafted the National Service Guidelines, children’s service providers were working with some protocols, though they were oftentimes just doing what they thought they should do, without specific national guidance. The draft...

Change Package for Quality Improvement in Orphans and Vulnerable Children Programmes in Kenya

This change package was developed following a harvest meeting where quality improvement teams shared the results of what they had successfully implemented over a period of two years since the first improvement team was formed, though...

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