USAID Chief of Staff Visits USAID Health Care Improvement Project in Tanzania

US Agency for International Development (USAID) Chief of Staff Margaret C. Sullivan visited USAID-funded activities in Tanzania’s Morogoro region in December. She met with local health care providers and staff of the USAID Health Care Improvement Project (HCI), managed by URC, and learned about their work in combating HIV/AIDS in the region.HCI has also introduced patient self-management support and the use of expert patients, called peer mentors, in two districts in the region—Morogoro Rural and Morogoro Urban—among 

Ms. Sullivan visited the Sabasaba Health Centre, where HCI supports improving services that provide anti-retroviral therapy (ART) and prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS (PMTCT). The project leads coaching and mentoring activities and quality improvement sessions that enable sharing lessons learned after testing different changes to improve care.

HCI Quality Improvement Advisor Faridah Mgunda told Ms. Sullivan that “HCI has trained more than 10 health care providers in quality improvement and has also helped the facility to establish a quality improvement team that includes members from different disciplines.” 

Other efforts to facilitate quality improvement of ART and PMTCT services. The USAID Chief of Staff was impressed with the number of pregnant women enrolled in community-based therapeutic care, HIV-exposed infants using daily antibiotics, and the peer mentors’ work, all HCI-supported activities. 

Mr. Joel Bendera, the Morogoro Regional Commissioner, expressed his appreciation for USAID’s support to the health sector in his region. He also appealed to USAID through Ms. Sullivan to continue supporting the health sector as it is a main concern there. “We have not enough dispensaries and equipment,” he said. ”We will be glad if USAID will continue to support the health sector.” 

Before stopping at the health center, Ms. Sullivan visited the regional commissioner’s office. She also visited the antenatal wing at the Morogoro Regional Hospital and a household receiving home-based care services. Accompanying her were officials from USAID Tanzania, the regional hospital, and partners from different USAID-funded projects.

HCI Quality Improvement Advisor Faridah Mgunda (right) explains to USAID Chief of Staff Margaret C. Sullivan about HCI activities in Morogoro region.
HCI Quality Improvement Advisor Faridah Mgunda (right) explains to USAID Chief of Staff Margaret C. Sullivan about HCI activities in Morogoro region.
Date 
January 11, 2012
Authors 
Delphina Ntangeki, Communications Specialist, URC Tanzania
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