In many resource-constrained settings, inadequate infrastructure and poor infection prevention practices make hospitals “hotbeds of infection transmission,” placing patients—particularly the most vulnerable—at risk of hospital-acquired infections, with accompanying increases in costs of care, length of hospital stay, and even case fatality rates.

In 1990, URC and our non-profit affiliate, the Center for Human Services (CHS), provided USAID-supported technical assistance to help the Ministry of Health improve infection prevention policies and practices in the country’s public hospitals. Our work continued on with these initiatives when we began providing technical assistance and support to strengthen the public health sector’s capacity to both provide quality services and engage communities.