Improving Health Worker Performance

Improving the performance of district management teams in the Lindi Region of Tanzania

In 2012-2013, with funding support from PEPFAR, ASSIST supported a district health management performance improvement intervention in the Lindi Region of Tanzania that aimed to build the capacity of the region’s six Council Health...

Integrating Nutrition Services in HIV and TB Care in Mindolo I Clinic in Kitwe, Zambia

With support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), health care workers in Kitwe District are improving the quality of nutrition assessment,...

Health Worker Engagement Assessment Tool

With PEPFAR support, the USAID Health Care Improvement Project tested several instruments to measure health worker engagement in order to relate changes in engagement to other measures of performance and job retention. Initially,...

The Mixed Nature of Incentives of Community Health Workers: Lessons from a Qualitative Study in Two Districts in India

This article, published in Frontiers in Public Health, examines the role that incentives play in motivating community health workers (CHWs) and in family dynamics that affect CHW performance. In India, accredited social health activists (...

Empowering health workers to improve health and nutrition services for males and females in Zambia

Elizabeth Romanoff Silva


Last month I had the opportunity to travel to Zambia to provide gender technical assistance to the USAID ASSIST-supported nutrition assessment, counseling and support (NACS) services. Gender inequality is a major factor affecting vulnerability to malnutrition, especially for people living with HIV, so I was especially interested in working with health workers to identify the different issues preventing males and females from accessing services, issues affecting their nutrition status, and to identify the root causes preventing improved nutrition among women, men, girls and boys, and developing changes to test to find solutions.

Bringing experience and knowledge to the Ebola frontline in Liberia: Honoring Dr. Anne Atai

Lani Marquez

Knowledge Management Director, USAID ASSIST Project/URC

It was the tiny pin on her jacket that caught my eye. 

At a tea break during the Safe Male Circumcision Knowledge Handover meeting held last month in Kampala, I found myself standing next to a senior physician from Jinja Referral Hospital.  She was participating in the meeting as part of a team from Jinja’s Safe Male Circumcision program, to learn from other teams in Uganda that had been working on improving the quality of safe male circumcision services.

USAID ASSIST Project Experience Improving HIV Services

This technical report summarizes the experience of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project and its predecessor, the USAID Health Care Improvement...

Is health worker education and training setting health workers up to succeed? How do we build the competencies of health workers to improve care?

Tana Wuliji

Senior Improvement Advisor, USAID ASSIST Project/URC

It’s Friday afternoon, and I’ve just come out of session I was moderating with the fabulous Lesley Anne Smith of NHS Scotland. The session was packed full of folks from around the world who gave up the lures of Paris to discuss and share experiences on this very question: “How do we build the competencies of health workers to improve care in our health systems?”.  Let me tell you a little bit about where I am and how we came to this.  

Supporting Country-Led Efforts to Recruit and Retain Health Workers and Improve Their Productivity

Washington, DC

With the CapacityPlus and the World Bank, USAID ASSIST co-hosted a knowledge-sharing and dissemination event on "Supporting Country-Led Efforts to Recruit and Retain Health Workers and Improve Their Productivity" in Washington, DC.