Support for Improvement

Quality Improvement in Intensive Care Medicine: Leveraging Teamwork to Improve and Optimize Care Delivery

Intensive care medicine is complex, quick-moving, and often requires the involvement of many separate actors working in concert to provide safe, quality care to patients in life-threatening or dangerous situations. Evidence-based practices...

Applying the Science of Improvement to Strengthen Systems and Improve Health Outcomes in Kenya

This four page flyer describes ASSIST’s current activities in Kenya where ASSIST supports the Ministry of Health (MOH); the Ministry of Labor, East African Community and Social Security (MLEAC&SS); the National AIDS and Sexually...

Approche en six étapes pour identifier et combler les écarts liés au genre

Le projet Application de la science pour le renforcement et l’amélioration des systèmes (ASSIST) de l’USAID utilise une approche holistique et efficace de l’intégration des genres dans l’amélioration de la qualité des soins de santé. Le...

Quality improvement— a game changer for Kenya

Bill Okaka

Knowledge Management & Communications Officer, ASSIST Kenya

After the promulgation of the Kenyan constitution in 2010, the Right to Health by all Kenyans cannot be refuted. Fatuma Abdullahi, a practicing nurse, is the institutional memory of the unfolding of events in the northern frontier semi-arid regions of Kenya. Her three decades of facility and community work has been characterized by:

  • low utilization of health services (even in situations where access wasn’t a problem due to short distances)
  • high neonatal and maternal mortality (the region scores a Maternal Mortality Ratio of 790/ 100,000 live birth), and
  • low financial resource ploughing by national and county governments (compared to resource envelop received vis-à-vis the vastness of the region).

Common Pitfalls for New Improvement Teams: A Story from New Delhi, India

Listen as Nigel Livesley, Project Director of the ASSIST Project in India, shares a story from a New Delhi hospital in training a new improvement team to provide better and safer care for women during the postpartum period. Here are four...

Pilot of the Hhohho Regional Coordination Agency in Swaziland

PEPFAR’s goal in Swaziland is to provide financial resources and technical support to the Ministry of Health (MOH) to ensure delivery of high-quality services to patients and clients at service delivery sites, while at the same time...

Documenting Learning

Improvement is a learning endeavor: an active process of testing changes to learn what does and does not work to make care better. Learning from improvement activities begins with documentation of what the team has tried and learned. To...

PHFS Coaching Guides

The Ministry of Health of Uganda, with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) partners -- USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST), Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance (...

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