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As Tibu Homa Project ends, officials urge regions to sustain improvements
by Sekela Kyomo, Knowledge Management and Communication Specialist, USAID Tibu Homa
July 1, 2015

Recent ceremonies in the Lake Zone of Tanzania marked the upcoming closure of the Diagnosis and Management of Severe Febrile Illness Project, a USAID-supported initiative to reduce the mortality of children with severe febrile illness.

The Role of Improvement Science in Infection Control
July 1, 2015

The Antimicrobial Resistance Control 2015 eBook has been published, and URC’s Dr. Rashad Massoud and Danika Barry published the chapter, "The Role of Improvement Science in Infection Control."

Annie Clark, American College of Nurse-Midwives 2015 Fellowship inductee
by Tasheema Prince, Communications Assistant
June 24, 2015

Congratulations to URC's own Annie Clark, American College of Nurse-Midwives 2015 Fellowship inductee. 

Annie Clark will be receive an ACNM Fellowship in June, 2015
Annie Clark will be receive an ACNM Fellowship in June, 2015
Access, improved services and systems contribute to TB results
June 24, 2015

An article in the June, 2015 Issue of the Public Health Action Journal reviews the efforts of the URC-supported Swaziland National Tuberculosis (TB) Control Programme.

Health Equity Fund System gives rejuvenated hope to Cambodian family
by Mr. Khon Sokhea, Community Facilitator and Health Equity Fund Operator, Action For Health
May 21, 2015

One of Mrs. Sear Siv’s daughters was experiencing a difficult labor and childbirth, but the family did not know where to turn for help. The Health Equity Fund (HEF) system helps Cambodia's poorest families avoid financial catastrophe in the event of a health problem, by providing free medical care and covering associated costs, like meals for caretakers and transportation to and from referral hospitals.

Mrs. Sear Siv weaves palm frond maps to sell for extra income at the local market. Photo: URC
Mrs. Sear Siv weaves palm frond maps to sell for extra income at the local market. Photo: URC
Improving service-provider capacity: Childhood TB
by Krishnapada Chakraborty, Dr. Paul Daru, TB CARE II Bangladesh
May 13, 2015

TB CARE II implemented a plan to support improvement of service-provider capacity in the screening, diagnosis and management of childhood TB. The resulting partnership with the Bangladesh Pediatric Association (BPA) created training sessions for pediatricians, doctors, general physicians and health care workers from the district and upazila levels to develop their clinical and programmatic management skills in the screening, diagnosis and management of childhood TB cases.

Health care workers receive orientation on contact tracing, screening and referral of presumptive child TB cases during TB CARE II Bangladesh training
Health care workers receive orientation on contact tracing, screening and referral of presumptive child TB cases during TB CARE II Bangladesh training
Annie Clark: Midwives are indeed needed now more than ever
by Annie Clark, Senior QI Advisor MNCH
May 5, 2015

Annie Clark, who has served as a midwife for over three decades, reflects on the importance of midwives in honor of International Day of the Midwife, 2015

Annie Clark, center, conducts essential newborn/Helping Babies Breathe training in Afghanistan
Annie Clark, center, conducts essential newborn/Helping Babies Breathe training in Afghanistan
URC at Global Exhibition on Services in India: Promoting Innovation for Health
by Sudershan Modkar
May 4, 2015

URC participated in the inaugural Global Exhibition on Services, which took place April 23–25, 2015, in New Delhi.

Nafeesa Nawaz, T. Dhanunjaya, and Parveen Sharma (Left to right) represented URC at the CII GES conference
Nafeesa Nawaz, T. Dhanunjaya, and Parveen Sharma (Left to right) represented URC at the CII GES conference
The Power of Heuristics: Why does it matter?
by Sarah Kim, Communications Specialist
May 1, 2015

URC’s Serena Williams, Senior Technical Advisor, lead a webinar discussion hosted by CORE Group on the journal article, The Power of Heuristics on April 30, 2015.

URC will support USAID to provide M&E Services
by Sarah Kim, Communications Specialist
April 28, 2015

URC is teaming up with partners to provide monitoring and evaluation (M&E) technical and advisory services for USAID’s Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning, Office if Learning, Evaluation and Research (USAID/PPL/LER).

URC shows support for new quality campaign
by Sarah Kim, Communications Specialist
April 27, 2015

Novartis, a leading international pharmaceutical company, launched their new Quality Matters campaign featuring guest presentations from URC’s own M. Rashad Massoud, Amy Stern and Amanda Ottosson

Pictured: (From left) Amanda Ottosson, M. Rashad Massoud, Suzanne Pavon and Amy Stern
Pictured: (From left) Amanda Ottosson, M. Rashad Massoud, Suzanne Pavon and Amy Stern
Get tested for diabetes, HIV, and TB!
by Manith Hang, Program Officer
April 27, 2015

This public service announcement encourages families to get tested for diabetes, HIV, and TB at their nearest clinic. It was developed by the TB CARE II South Africa Project, funded by USAID and managed by a team led by URC.

Through government collaboration, CAP-Malaria control and prevention activities expand
by Taylor Price, Program Officer, PST
April 25, 2015

Thandwe, in Southern Rakhine State, is one of the townships where CAP-Malaria is currently implementing control and prevention activities. Rakhine State is one of the high malaria transmission areas in Burma and, while some areas have experienced a reduction in malaria burden, other remote and hard-to-reach areas maintain a high malaria prevalence. In Thandwe, CAP-Malaria carries out malaria prevention and control activities in 45 villages and, through the use of strategic information, CAP-Malaria maintains close coordination with and support for the National Malaria Control Program and the Ministry of Health.

Aung Ye Lin, 3, in Sin Man Village Burma, has malaria
Aung Ye Lin, 3, in Sin Man Village Burma, has malaria
In Kayin State, CAP-Malaria improves Access to Health Care Services for Remote Villagers
by Taylor Price, Program Officer, PST
April 25, 2015

In Kayin State, health care staff faced significant challenges to providing care. Some villages in the Hlaing Bwe Township are located in hard-to-reach, conflict areas and are not covered by the government’s Basic Health Services (BHS) program. In addition, the villagers lacked trust in the government staff and the services provided by BHS.By teaming up with the USAID | PMI CAP-Malaria project, BHS is able to provide villagers with the health care they need.

Transportation issues during CAP-Malaria and BHS joint-visit to Noe Doe Village
Transportation issues during CAP-Malaria and BHS joint-visit to Noe Doe Village
USAID ASSIST publishes case study detailing community health worker strengthening efforts in Tanzania and Ethiopia
by URC Communications
April 13, 2015

Members of the USAID ASSIST project recently published a case study in  Human Resources for Health (2015) 13:12. The case study describes how the Community Health System Strengthening model, developed with support from PEPFAR as a strategy to improve community health worker performance, was applied in Ethiopia and Tanzania to increase HIV testing and enrollment and retention in care.

The Community Health System Strengthening model forms a community team from local groups to support the CTC provider and address gaps in health service
The Community Health System Strengthening model forms a community team from local groups to support the CTC provider and address gaps in health service
A Celebration of Success in Iraq
by Hala Jassim AlMossawi, Associate Director, PST
April 7, 2015

Iraq's Ministry of Health and USAID celebrated the conclusion of a successful partnership through the Primary Health Care Project in Iraq.

Dr. Adila Hammoud, Iraq Minister of Health, addresses the assembled guests at the closeout ceremonies for USAID's Primary Health Care Project, Iraq
Dr. Adila Hammoud, Iraq Minister of Health, addresses the assembled guests at the closeout ceremonies for USAID's Primary Health Care Project, Iraq
TRAction Project Hosts Twitter Chat Segment on USAID’s Health-Related Research and Development Progress Report
by Communications Department
March 27, 2015

On March 11th, 2015, the USAID Global Health Bureau hosted the #Innovate4health twitter chat relay to promote the release of the Health-Related Research and Development Progress Reports: Updates on the 2011-2015 Health Research Strategy. The TRAction Project hosted a one-hour segment during the chat that focused on household air pollution and clean cooking technologies. See highlights from the chat on Storify.

 

Working to Stop TB in Indonesia
by Nurfina Bachtiar, Community Expert
March 24, 2015

CEPAT marked World TB Day in Indonesia by organizing door-to-door campaigns in seven project-supported districts, reaching 2,800 households with TB information and screening services.

In 2014, CEPAT World TB Day activities in Indonesia included this impressive domino demonstration of how TB infection spreads
In 2014, CEPAT World TB Day activities in Indonesia included this impressive domino demonstration of how TB infection spreads
Georgian Physicians are World Leaders in Treating Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis
by Tamuna Gabunia, Chief of Party
March 24, 2015

Tuberculosis (TB)—especially drug-resistant (DR) and multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB)—represents one of the biggest challenges for public health in Georgia. In 2015, with Global Fund support, the country will introduce the program-wide use of Bedaquiline as part of a combination therapy in adults with pulmonary MDR-TB when an effective treatment regimen cannot otherwise be provided. Bedequiline is the first new medication for pulmonary MDR-TB in over 40 years.

Georgian physicians at the MDR –TB training, March 10-18, 2015
Georgian physicians at the MDR –TB training, March 10-18, 2015
Reduced time to MDR TB treatment in Bangladesh aids in fight to stop TB
by Dr. Paul Daru, Team Leader, TB CARE II Bangladesh; Dr. Manzur-ul-Alam, Program Specialist, MDR-TB, TB CARE II Bangladesh; Krishnapada Chakraborty, Senior Technical Advisor, URC
March 23, 2015

The expansion of hospital capacity for inpatient management of drug-resistant TB patients and the transfer of patients to cPMDT, usually within two months after initiation of treatment, have enabled Bangladesh’s National TB Control Program to significantly increase the enrollment of patients in treatment.

Patient initiated treatment at a new district hospital.
Patient initiated treatment at a new district hospital.
The Case for Improving the Quality of Prescription Pharmaceuticals
by Communications Department
March 20, 2015

The incentives to improve the quality of generic drugs are compelling. Generic drugs are as efficient and safe as their branded counterparts, but much less expensive to produce. However, with their reduced production costs come significant challenges with ensuring the safety and efficacy of these drugs.

Photo from www.topnews.in/
Photo from www.topnews.in/
Watch now: Quality and Safety in Developing Countries Webinar
by URC Communications Staff
March 17, 2015

URC Senior Vice President, QPI Dr. M. Rashad Massoud presented the webinar, "Quality and Safety in Developing Countries" on March 11, 2015 to an international audience of development and health care professionals and students.

Dr. M. Rashad Massoud
Dr. M. Rashad Massoud
URC remembers Dr. Rodrigo Bustamante
by Tisna Veldhuijzen van Zanten, Senior Vice President, IDG
March 11, 2015

Dr. Bustamante was a public health leader who was loved and respected by his colleagues in Guatemala and URC worldwide.  His belief in mentorship, respect for others, personal growth, and dignity for all humanity were evident in the amount of passion and dedication he exhibited in every aspect of his life. He was truly an agent of change in the global Public Health arena.

We extend our condolences to his family and friends, especially his wife Claudia and his children, Maria Claudia, Raul, Luis Guillermo, and Juan Pablo.

 

Dr. Rodrigo Bustamante
Dr. Rodrigo Bustamante
USAID|ASSIST Participates in Tanzania's National Most Vulnerable Children Conference
by Delphina Ntangeki, USAID|ASSIST Tanzania
March 11, 2015

The USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project participated at the first National Most Vulnerable Children (MVC) Conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on February 18 - 20, 2015.

Vice President H.E. Dr. Mohammed Gharib Bilal addressing participants during the National MVC Conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Photo: Delphina Ntangeki, URC
Vice President H.E. Dr. Mohammed Gharib Bilal addressing participants during the National MVC Conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Photo: Delphina Ntangeki, URC
US Congresswomen Diane Black and Renee Ellmers visit the Nutri-Salud Project in Guatemala
by Patricia O’Connor, Nutri-Salud Chief of Party
March 6, 2015

On February 17, 2015, two members of the US House of Representatives visited the rural community of Tizate in western Guatemala, where the USAID/Community Health and Nutrition Project (Nutri-Salud) is working to reduce chronic malnutrition among children under five years of age. 

US Representative Diane Black (R-TN) meeting a new baby in Tizate, Guatemala. Photo by Josh Estey/CARE.
US Representative Diane Black (R-TN) meeting a new baby in Tizate, Guatemala. Photo by Josh Estey/CARE.
URC at ACCESS International Health Conference
by Hala Jassim AlMossawi, Associate Director, PST
March 4, 2015

URC is participating in the Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services’ (ACCESS) seventh International Health Conference in Oman from March 1–7, 2015.

URC at ACCESS
URC at ACCESS
Mobile cash helps patients, providers fight TB
by Kishan Chakraborty Sr. Technical Advisor
March 3, 2015

In Bangladesh, the introduction of mobile money makes life easier for TB patients and the people who care for them.

MDR-TB patient Mohammed Helal withdraws his stipend, paid to him monthly using mobile banking services, from an ATM close to his house
MDR-TB patient Mohammed Helal withdraws his stipend, paid to him monthly using mobile banking services, from an ATM close to his house
Quality Improvement Teams Make a Difference
by Christina Zola, Communications Specialist
February 25, 2015

The Center for Human Services (CHS), URC's non-profit affiliate, facilitated the formation of 32 community-based quality improvement teams in Benin to help improve community health workers' motivation for high performance and retention. The project’s operations research brief, "Can the Addition of a Quality Improvement Collaborative Improve Performance and Retention of Community Health Workers in Benin?" reports on the study’s methodology, results, and recommendations.

Focus group with mothers of children under 5.
Focus group with mothers of children under 5.
USAID ASSIST’s Technical Advisory Group probes quality improvement science
by Communications Department
February 23, 2015

The USAID ASSIST Project was privileged to assemble some of the world’s top experts in the field of improvement science and health systems for the first meeting of its Technical Advisory Group (TAG), held in the Rotunda Room of the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC, on Thursday, January 22, 2015.  

US Ambassador to Cambodia Visits CAP-Malaria Activities
by Taylor Price, Program Officer, PST
February 17, 2015

US Ambassador to Cambodia William E. Todd visited the USAID-funded Control and Prevention of Malaria Project (CAP-Malaria) in Anlong Veng and Trapaing Prasat Districts in Oddar Meanchey Province, located along the border with Thailand.

Dr Kheang Soy Ty, CAP-Malaria’s Regional Director, describes the process of malaria blood test using RDT and malaria treatment to the visitors. Trapaing Prasat, OMC, Cambodia 2015.
Dr Kheang Soy Ty, CAP-Malaria’s Regional Director, describes the process of malaria blood test using RDT and malaria treatment to the visitors. Trapaing Prasat, OMC, Cambodia 2015.
Moving towards universal health coverage in Cambodia
by Tapley Jordanwood, Chief of Party, Social Health Protection Project
February 17, 2015

The USAID Social Health Protection (SHP) Project, managed by University Research Co., LLC (URC) and its partners, supports the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) in its ambitious goal of moving towards universal health coverage by the end of the project in 2018.  The SHP Project, building on the momentum of the Better Health Systems (BHS) Project (2009–2013), continues to provide innovation and technical support to the RGC to complete national coverage of the Health Equity Fund (HEF) system.  By the end of the SHP Project, this critical health safety net will be integrated into the overall national health system, under RGC oversight, and will be expanded to offer support to other vulnerable groups beyond the poor.

A health equity fund operator verifies information provided by a patient’s HEF card, which can be used by the whole family to seek care.
A health equity fund operator verifies information provided by a patient’s HEF card, which can be used by the whole family to seek care.
Tanzanian Vice President: Use Data and Standards to Achieve Quality Health Services
by Delphina Ntangeki, QI Advisor, Knowledge Management and Communications
February 17, 2015

URC participated in the fourth annual Tanzania National Quality Improvement Forum (NQIF), held October 30th and 31st, 2014 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. As in the past three years, URC collaborated with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) and other quality improvement partners in the country to organize the forum, which brought together more than 300 stakeholders to share their quality improvement experiences.

Iraq Primary Health Care Learning Management System Now Online
by Christina Zola, Communications Specialist
January 8, 2015

USAID/ PHCPI helped the Iraqi Ministry of Health (MOH) update over 30 managerial and clinical guidelines to current international standards; the free e-courses, which are being implemented across Iraq through the MOH and departments of health, help ensure the sustainability and continued impact of primary health care interventions.

USAID/PHCPI launched free e-learning courses for primary health care professionals
USAID/PHCPI launched free e-learning courses for primary health care professionals
How the Health Equity Funds System helps Cambodia's poorest citizens
by Christina Zola, Communications Specialist
January 7, 2015

In Cambodia, extreme poverty includes those who are reasonably certain of their food supply for a single day and those who are not. A family might have only a single meal all day. Imagine, then, the terrible burden that any expense—let alone a large medical bill—would impose upon such a family.

For Svay Phalla, the tragic loss of his wife did not trigger financial disaster, thanks to the Social Health Protection Project and the Health Equity Fund System.

Svay Phalla and his family have a measure of financial security, thanks to the HEF. Image courtesy of The Social Health Protection Project, Cambodia
Svay Phalla and his family have a measure of financial security, thanks to the HEF. Image courtesy of The Social Health Protection Project, Cambodia
URC Places Top Ten in USAID Global Competition
by Sabina Behague, Communications Specialist
December 23, 2014

Two of URC’s projects – SUSTAIN and HCI – have been selected as among the top ten cases of health systems strengthening by the USAID Global Health Bureau Office of Health Systems (GH/OHS) – out of 145  submitted candidates!

Putting it in Context: URC 2014 Photography Contest Winners
by Sabina Behague, Communications Specialist
December 16, 2014

Jessica Ziegler, Knowledge Management Specialist for URC/Headquarters, submitted the winning photo in the “Photographer’s Choice” category of URC’s 2014 Photography Contest.

In Haiti, USAID's SSQH-Nord Project Addresses Gender-Based Violence
by Christina Zola, Communications Specialist and Christine Ortiz, Senior Advisor, HSS
December 5, 2014

The USAID-funded Services de Santé de Qualité pour Haïti (SSQH) Nord project focuses on quality health service delivery in the departments of Nord, Nord-Est, Nord-Ouest and Artibonite. In Year 2, SSQH-Nord strategies will address gender-based violence (GBV) and child protection (CP).

Photo by Marco Dormino for UN Photo. Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Photo by Marco Dormino for UN Photo. Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Putting it in Context: URC 2014 Photography Contest Winners
by Sabina Behague, Communications Specialist
December 5, 2014

Sanjay Rai, District Improvement Coordinator for the USAID ASSIST Project in India, submitted the winning photo in the “Family Portrait” category of URC’s 2014 Photography Contest.

ASSIST Project Leads Chat on Gender-Based Violence
by Christina Zola, Communications Specialist
December 5, 2014

Join the USAID ASSIST Project, Knowledge for Health (K4Health), The Asia Foundation, Promundo, Chemonics, The TOPS Program, and World Vision, and the Gender and Development Networking Group for an all-day Twitter chat, “Innovative Approaches to Respond to Gender-Based Violence,” on December 10, 2014.

URC projects mark 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence
URC projects mark 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence
TRAction Project: GBV in the health system
by URC Staff
December 3, 2014

The TRAction Project's Nevia Pavletic weighs in with some thoughts on the importance of respectful maternal care in efforts to eliminate gender-based violence as part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

TRAction Project End Disrespect
TRAction Project End Disrespect
USAID Diagnosis and Management of Severe Febrile Illness Project making a difference in the lives of children under five
by By Sekela Kyomo, Knowledge Management and Communication Specialist, USAID Tibu Homa
December 2, 2014

The USAID Tibu Homa Project recently hosted a two day workshop in the Lake Zone Regions of Tanzania. Speakers included the Acting Director of Reproductive and Child Health Services from the Tanzania Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. The workshop focused on sharing findings on managing fever in children under five and revealed opportunities for improvement in the health sector.

Tibu Homa workshop attendees, including Dr. Neema Rusibamayila, Acting Director of Reproductive and Child Health Services, Tanzania MoHSW
Tibu Homa workshop attendees, including Dr. Neema Rusibamayila, Acting Director of Reproductive and Child Health Services, Tanzania MoHSW
Reflecting on the History of HIV/AIDS
by Pamela Marks, Senior Advisor for HIV/AIDS, TB & Infectious Diseases
December 1, 2014

Today is World AIDS Day. It is time for us to reflect on the history of the HIV virus and how it has affected and changed our lives over the past three decades.

No health on G20 agenda prompts leaders to host international Health 20
by Tana Wuliji, Senior Improvement Advisor and Health Workforce Development Unit Lead
November 25, 2014

Concerned by the absence of a discussion around health as an enabler of economic growth and an important part of the economy as "the greatest social capital a nation can have," the World Medical Association, the Australian Medical Association, and the Australian Medical Association Victoria  hosted the first international Health 20 Summit – the H20 (#H20Melb on Twitter).  URC's Tana Wuliji served as the summit's raporteur and presented the H20's conclusions on the final day of the summit.

Guests at the first H20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia
Guests at the first H20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia
URC supports 16 Days of activism against GBV
by Christina Zola, Communications Specialist
November 25, 2014

URC and CHS join with our partners and stakeholders around the world to mark 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.

Rutgers is the official convener of the 16 Days campaign
Rutgers is the official convener of the 16 Days campaign
Putting it in Context: URC 2014 Photography Contest Winners
by Sabina Behague, Communications Specialist
November 20, 2014

Bernadeta Nagita, Executive/Communications Assistant for the Strengthening Uganda's Systems for Treating AIDS Nationally (SUSTAIN) Project in Uganda, submitted the winning photo in the “Closer Look” category of URC’s 2014 Photography Contest.

Religious Leaders in Ghana Unite Against Ebola Virus Disease
by Systems for Health Team
November 19, 2014

Religious leaders from across Ghana convened on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 to respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa

Women and Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision - WEBINAR
November 18, 2014

Women play a key role in the success of Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) programs.  Join this PEPFAR webinar to learn more.

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URC-CHS supports Universal Health Coverage Day
by Christina Zola, Communications Specialist
November 18, 2014

Health inequities occur when health services are not accessible to or utilized by certain groups of people because of their gender, socio-economic status, ethnicity, geographic residence, or other characteristics. This lack of access puts disadvantaged populations at a much higher risk for adverse health outcomes.

URC-CHS has pledged its support for Universal Health Coverage Day on December 12th and join us as we work towards health for all.

Universal Health Coverage Day is December 12; join with over 200 organizations to support health for all
Universal Health Coverage Day is December 12; join with over 200 organizations to support health for all
Putting it in Context: URC 2014 Photography Contest Winners
by Sabina Behague, Communications Specialist
November 14, 2014

Boran Mao, Graphic Designer for the Quality Health Services Project in Cambodia, submitted the winning photo in the “Learning and Teaching” category of URC’s 2014 Photography Contest.

Research on Disrespect and Abuse during Childbirth: Experts Discuss Advancements and Challenges
by Nevia Pavletic, Implementation Science Intern, TRAction Project
November 14, 2014

On November 11, 2014, a webinar hosted by the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) about disrespect and abuse (D&A) during childbirth brought together three panelists to discuss cutting-edge research on D&A while opening a dialogue on how this research can shape policy advocacy. The panelists stressed the complex nature of D&A, and suggested that an effective response must be systemic.

Putting it in Context: URC 2014 Photography Contest Winners
by Sabina Behague, Communications Specialist
November 6, 2014

Mizeal Shanta, Outreach Advisor for the USAID Primary Health Care Project in Iraq (PHCPI), submitted the Grand Prize-winning photo in URC’s 2014 Photography Contest.

Maternal and Newborn Care Sees Vast Improvements in Niger and Mali
by Sabina Behague, Communications Specialist
November 6, 2014

Closing the “know-do” gap between interventions and reliable implementation at scale is no easy task, especially in resource-poor countries with some of the worst indicators in the world. In Niger and Mali, two countries with some of the highest maternal and newborn mortality rates worldwide, URC’s work has driven some remarkable improvements.

URC-CHS Participates at TropMed 2014
by Colleen Longacre, Senior Program Officer
November 5, 2014

URC-CHS is happy to announce its participation at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 63rd Annual Meeting (#TropMed2014) November 2–6, 2014 in New Orleans, LA. 

This employee of the well-known logging company MDS Company in Veal Veng, Cambodia receives a long-lasting insecticidal net through a partnership between the company and the project in 2014.
This employee of the well-known logging company MDS Company in Veal Veng, Cambodia receives a long-lasting insecticidal net through a partnership between the company and the project in 2014.
URC at the World Lung Conference 2014
by Colleen Longacre, Senior Program Officer
October 27, 2014

As in past years, URC will have a strong presence at the 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health, held this year in Barcelona, Spain. Join us at our symposia, presentations, and workshops or drop by the marketplace, booth #27, and say hello.

A street walk conducted by students in honor of World TB Day 2013 to bring awareness to the public about the importance of TB screening and treatment. Photo by Khatuna Chanturia, URC
A street walk conducted by students in honor of World TB Day 2013 to bring awareness to the public about the importance of TB screening and treatment. Photo by Khatuna Chanturia, URC
Mass Media Campaign in Iraq Helping Mothers and Children
by Sabina Behague, Communications Specialist
October 23, 2014

The USAID-funded Primary Health Care Project Iraq launched a national, mass media campaign in behavior-change communication (BCC) that ran July 13 through August 31, 2014. The campaign consisted of three TV spots, animated songs, and a seven-episode information series.  Some of those spots are now available on URC’s YouTube channel on specific topics such as pre-natal care for women, breastfeeding,  preventing diarrhea in infants, and vaccination for children.

USAID and URC Celebrate Seven Years of HCI Project Accomplishments
by Sabina Behague, Communications Specialist
October 17, 2014

Download and read "Improving Healthcare: The Results and Legacy of the USAID Health Care Improvement Project", the final report from an important seven-year effort that advanced the state of the art of health care quality.

URC Endorses WHO Statement on Preventing and Eliminating Disrespect and Abuse During Childbirth
September 30, 2014

University Research Co., LLC (URC) is pleased to announce its endorsement of the World Health Organization’s statement “The prevention and elimination of disrespect and abuse during facility-based childbirth”. The statement is being announced today at the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, in Cape Town, South Africa.

Ceremony Celebrates Handover of National Standards, Honors CEO
by Christina Zola, Communications Specialist
September 19, 2014

The National Standards for Improving the Lives of Vulnerable Children in Nigeria, developed by the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development (FMWASD) and implementing partners in Nigeria and with technical assistance from USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project, were officially handed over in a ceremony August 27. At the ceremony, the Ministry honored the late Mr. Melvyn Estrin, URC’s former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, by dedicating the standards in his memory.

(From Left to Right) FMWASD Director of Child Development Rabi Galadima and Permanent Secretary Dr. Habiba Mudu Lawal join USAID Director of HIV and AIDS Susan Coleman at the ceremony handing over the
(From Left to Right) FMWASD Director of Child Development Rabi Galadima and Permanent Secretary Dr. Habiba Mudu Lawal join USAID Director of HIV and AIDS Susan Coleman at the ceremony handing over the
Global Reading Network Initiates Online Awareness Campaign
by Reading within Reach Staff
August 29, 2014

The Global Reading Network wants to know: Why is reading important to you?

According to the 2013/2014 Education for All Global Monitoring Report, an estimated 250 million children around the world--130 million of whom have spent at least four years in school--are not learning foundational reading skills.

Advocates for early reading around the world are invited to include their own, personal messages about why reading is important and post it to their social media accounts in the days leading up to and including September 8th, International Literacy Day.

Child participates in Global Reading Network's campaign for International Literacy Day
Child participates in Global Reading Network's campaign for International Literacy Day
Making a Difference in the Lives of Mothers and Babies in Uganda
by Christina Zola, Communications Specialist
August 29, 2014

Affordable. Applicable. Simple. This is how Dr. Jesca Nsungwa Sabiiti, Assistant Commissioner for Child Health with Uganda’s Ministry of Health, described the models for maternal and newborn health care introduced by USAID’s Health Care Improvement (HCI) project in Uganda. Watch village healthcare workers, nurses, and officials share the difference HCI has made in the lives of mothers and children in Uganda.

Video: Improving MNCH in Uganda
Video: Improving MNCH in Uganda
Nutri-Salud Supports the Revitalization of Guatemala's National Commission to Promote Breastfeeding
by Elena Hurtado, Senior Technical Advisor, and Jessica Ziegler, Knowledge Management Specialist
August 7, 2014

In pursuit of their commitment to reduce chronic malnutrition in children under five, the Guatemalan Ministry of Health turned to breastfeeding. The Nutri-Salud project recently made recommendations on Guatemala's strategic plan to revive the National Commission for the Promotion of Breastfeeding (CONAPLAM). When implemented, CONAPLAM will provide a stable platform to ensure that all Guatemalan babies receive the very best start in their first 1000 days of life.

A new mother in the Highlands of Guatemala nurses her baby.
A new mother in the Highlands of Guatemala nurses her baby.
A Personal Testimony: The Brand Is Mother's Milk
by Gabriela Salazar, Nutritionist, Nutri-Salud
August 4, 2014

What brand of milk is best for our children?

Gabriela Salazar, a nutritionist working on the Nutri-Salud project in Quiché, Guatemala, shares her experience breastfeeding her own daughter, who is now nine months old. Gabriela is committed to giving her daughter, and all the mothers and babies in Quiché, the very best start during the critical 1000 Days window of opportunity for improved health.


Gabriela Salazar of the Nutri-Salud project nurses her daughter, Camila
Gabriela Salazar of the Nutri-Salud project nurses her daughter, Camila
Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week in El Quiché, Guatemala: Cultural and Gender Perspectives
by Elena Hurtado, Senior Technical Advisor
August 1, 2014

The Health Area of El Quiché, with support from the Nutri-Salud project, is celebrating World Breastfeeding Week with a one-day conference for health workers.

Breastfeeding and complementary feeding are the conference’s main topics, but issues of gender and Mayan culture will be infused throughout the discussions: breastfeeding as a beneficial Mayan practice, as an equalizer that gives every child the best start in life, and as the right of every woman.

Mother breastfeeds her baby, the Highlands, Guatemala. Photo courtesy of USAID Nutri-Salud Project
Mother breastfeeds her baby, the Highlands, Guatemala. Photo courtesy of USAID Nutri-Salud Project
Everyday Knowledge Management
by Lani Marquez
July 30, 2014

On USAID's Learning Lab: What use is knowledge if it stays inside someone's head? At the Food Security and Nutrition Knowledge Sharing Meeting held in DC early this month, URC's Lani Marquez and CARE's Alyssa Lowe challenged the assembled group to examine how knowledge is managed and shared.

A Streamlined System for Mother and Baby Care HIV Care Management
by USAID/SUSTAIN project staff
July 23, 2014

"Because my baby and I are treated at different clinics within the same hospital, I always receive separate appointments. Each time, when I arrive at the hospital, I have to wait a long time to get the medicine. One day, I waited for eight hours."

-- Evaline, a client at Soroti Regional Referral Hospital ART Clinic, Eastern Uganda

HIV-positive mothers in Uganda often face difficult decisions concerning HIV treatment for themselves and their infants: A disconnect between clinics can cause long waits and even force a mother to choose between her own treatment and her child's.

Could something as simple as synchronizing appointments for both mother and baby help achieve the goal of eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2015?

The USAID Strengthening Uganda's Systems for Treating AIDS Nationally project is supporting the establishment and functioning of mother-baby care points in hospitals to help improve retention of mother-baby pairs and the provision of HIV services.

 

 

 

Evaline, 21, a client at Soroti Regional Referral Hospital ART Clinic, Eastern Uganda,
Evaline, 21, a client at Soroti Regional Referral Hospital ART Clinic, Eastern Uganda,
Looking To a Bright Future in Rwanda
by Sabina Behague, Communications Specialist
July 11, 2014

Twenty years after the most horrific genocide in living memory, the people of Rwanda have risen above the devastation and made vast social, political and economic improvements in their lives. URC is proud to have made some small contribution to its remarkable recovery.


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