For over thirty years, URC and our non-profit affiliate, the Center for Human Services (CHS), played an important role in supporting the health of the Peruvian population, implementing public health initiatives that improved the health of Peruvian children, women, and men. The scope of URC’s work was supported by proven approaches to address quality improvement; health systems strengthening; health communication and behavior change; and research and evaluation. Beginning in 1981, URC has implemented, among others, the Quality Assurance Project (QAP), the Primary Health Care Operations Research Project (PRICOR), and Global Fund Consulting Services.

In recent years, URC’s consultancy, funded by the World Bank, improved the quality of primary health care services and established networks of decentralized health care services. Our work with the USAID’s Peru Strengthening Health Institutions Project, MaxSalud Component provided technical and logistical support for the development of a self-sustaining primary health care system for 165,000 low- and middle-income people. Through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Diagnostic Test Cost Analysis for the Developing World, CHS researched potential demand for diagnostics of high mortality diseases in developing countries, including Peru. The research examined issues surrounding the use of diagnostic tests: consumer willingness to use and pay for them, health care providers and program managers’ perceptions of their effectiveness, and factors that might affect future introduction of the diagnostic tests.