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Local quality improvement champions reflect on ways to continue supporting and spreading the use of improvement methods to strengthen health systems in India. Photo credit: Alison Lucas, ASSIST/URC.
November 09, 2017

ASSIST’s work in India is coming to end in December 2017, so our main focus over the last year was to build the skills of interested stakeholders to support the spread of improvement methods in a sustainable way. The main loss to the QI movement in India from the closing of ASSIST is the loss of...

November 07, 2017

URC is pleased to announce the award of a two-year extension to the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) cooperative agreement. Under the terms of the extension, the USAID ASSIST Project will operate until September 29, 2019 and will focus on strengthening maternal,...

Gladys Tugume, SUSTAIN’s Chief of Party shaking hands with Colette Marcellin, Deputy Chief of Mission, Representative of the US Ambassador to Uganda
November 07, 2017

Since 2010, the Strengthening Uganda’s Systems for Treating AIDS Nationally (SUSTAIN) Project has supported the Uganda Ministry of Health strengthen sustainable and innovative approaches for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) service delivery at selected public healthcare facilities. The project...

Dr. Pahwa meets with the QI team at Ganesh Das Hospital in Shillong, Meghalaya. Photo credit: Ganesh Das Hospital staff.
November 07, 2017

ASSIST has been working in India since 2013 to enhance improvement capability in the Indian health system by building the capacity of individuals and institutions to conduct improvements across the “RMNCH+A” continuum. ASSIST is ending its work in India this month, and tomorrow we celebrate what...

The USAID RHITES-EC Project has donated nearly 1,000 bicycles to villages in East Central Uganda
November 03, 2017

USAID RHITES-EC supports the Ugandan MOH to improve health outcomes by increasing the utilization of high-quality health care services in 11 districts in East Central Uganda. The five-year project (2016-2021) focuses on promoting positive health-seeking practices, mobilizing communities to...

Children at a makeshift shelter in Tirana, Albania. © 2010 Brilanta Kadillari, Courtesy of Photoshare
October 16, 2017

Despite recent initiatives to reduce corruption and increase government accountability in Albania, significant problems persist throughout the country with detrimental impacts on the health of the Albanian people. Corruption is a persistent problem that has been normalized within the country. In...

Dr. Massoud accepts the presidency of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Alumni Association from the Dean for Alumni Affairs
October 14, 2017

University Research Co., LLC is pleased to announce that Dr. M. Rashad Massoud, Senior Vice President of the Quality & Performance Institute at URC, and Director of the USAID-funded Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project, is the new President of the Harvard T.H....

Ms. Benedicta Tsa, midwife, conducting a pregnancy scan on a pregnant woman at the Health Center in Some Wego
September 01, 2017

The USAID Systems for Health Project is supporting the Ghana Health Service (GHS) to achieve the goal of reducing maternal deaths through a broad range of interventions across the life cycle and service delivery continuums. This includes activities designed to address the three delays that...

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
August 25, 2017

The URC Center for Innovation and Technology (CIT) conducted a comprehensive baseline survey in Malawi for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) funded project that is implemented by the Center for Human Services (CHS), URC's not-for-profit affiliate. The project intends to develop and...

World TB Day 2017 in Bangladesh
August 19, 2017

Despite significant advancements in the areas of TB diagnostics and treatment, TB remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality in many low- and middle-income countries. It is no longer argued that poverty and resource deprivation are clear determinants of tuberculosis. While effective...

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