Male Involvement

Incorporación de la consejería sobre zika en el consultorio integral del hombre del hospital meterno infantil de Loma Pyta, Paraguay

El Hospital Materno Infantil de Loma Pyta ubicado en las afueras de Asunción en el barrio del mismo nombre, atiende ininterrumpidamente las 24 horas para asistir a las familias en todos los ciclos de la vida.En abril de 2018 el hospital...

Répondre aux besoins des hommes, des femmes, des garçons et des filles dans les services de VIH et ART

La thérapie antirétrovirale (ART) et les soins pour le VIH axés sur le patient étayent le maintien de la productivité et de la qualité de vie des personnes affectées en fonction de leurs besoins, de leurs préférences de mode de vie et de...

Male partners play a critical role in improving retention of the mother-baby pairs in care in Ivukula, Uganda

Joyce Draru

Quality Improvement Officer, Uganda, USAID ASSIST Project/URC

Retaining HIV positive mothers and their babies in care is a key component of the Partnership for HIV – Free survival initiative. Retention contributes to the success in reduction in the number of new HIV infections among HIV exposed babies as well as keeping their mothers alive. Supporting PHFS facilities in Uganda, sites have introduced changes such as offering eMTCT services to the mother-baby pairs at one service point and keeping the pair’s care cards together.

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...

The value of virtual forums: Promoting Kangaroo Mother Care in Latin America

Ivonne Gómez Pasquier

Chief of Party, Nicaragua, USAID ASSIST/URC

In June, the USAID ASSIST-supported Salud Materno Infantil (Maternal and Infant Health) Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) Community of Practice hosted its second virtual discussion forum in Spanish on "Experiences in startup and early consolidation of Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) activities in hospitals in Latin America: favorable aspects, constraints and lessons learned.” As a pediatrician and director of the USAID ASSIST Project in Nicaragua, I was honored to moderate the forum.

A Fast Turn-around for Mengo Hospital: Improving the Quality of Safe Male Circumcision Services

In December 2012, an external quality audit of the Safe Male Circumcision (SMC) program at Mengo Hospital in Kampala, Uganda, found multiple gaps in compliance with Ministry of Health (MoH) quality standards and recommended that SMC...

Gender Integration in Quality Improvement: Activities and lessons learned from the USAID ASSIST Project

USAID ASSIST Senior Gender Technical Advisor, Dr. Taroub Harb Faramand, MD, MPH, and President of WI-HER LLC (Women Influencing Health, Education and Rule of Law), will lead a presentation on gender integration through the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project at USAID.

Dr. Taroub Harb Faramand, MD, MPH, President of WI-HER LLC

This presentation will describe how the USAID ASSIST Project integrates gender by incorporating modern improvement techniques to identify and overcome gender-related issues and barriers to achieve better outcomes for women, men, boys and girls.  The presentation will focus specifically on gender integration activities in the Safe male circumcision (SMC), Non-communicable diseases, and in PMTCT programming.  It will describe gender integration planning methods and will also discuss the use of sex-disaggregated data for improvement and illustrate how to move from analysis to intervention through stories from the field. The presentation will also share relevant tools developed for the USAID ASSIST Project which have aided the project to integrate gender and track progress, such as multi-facility and multi-region improvement databases for collecting and analyzing sex-disaggregated data. We will also share lessons learned and examples of what does not work.

The Potential of m/eHealth to Improve Systems, Care, and Gender Relations

Elizabeth Romanoff Silva


“Every system is perfectly designed to achieve exactly the results it achieves.” USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Deputy Director Kathleen Hill shared this quote from Deming with an audience of more than 40 leading experts in technology, health care, and international development that gathered on January 31st in Washington, D.C. for an m/eHealth Health System Strengthening technical working group meeting.