Even the most stable countries are at risk for experiencing challenges within their health care system. Chile is no different. The Chilean Ministry of Health recognizes that sustaining a strong health care system requires a strong attention to any challenges that may arise periodically.

URC has implemented some of its most comprehensive projects in Chile. Our involvement in Chile began in 1981 when our non-profit affiliate, the Center for Human Services (CHS), launched the Primary Health Care Operations Research (PRICOR) Project, a multi-country research initiative to guide the country in strengthening their primary health care services. In 1990, URC and CHS continued to support USAID’s initiatives in the country, launching the Quality Assurance Project (QAP).

Through QAP, URC and CHS helped to raise awareness that quality improvement (QI) is an essential component of health system strengthening and that quality standards and QI capacity development are vital to the development of health care systems in even the most resource-constrained countries. URC was also instrumental in assisting the Ministry of Health’s support of the National Participation Evaluation and Sustainability Process through the Chile Child Survival Project Evaluation.