Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) Malawi Baseline Survey Completed

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 improve quality management systems (QMS) at the district and health center levels, and aims to define, share, and ensure effective implementation of good practices in providing access to and ensuring use of HIV viral load (VL) testing to improve care of people living with HIV (PLHIV).

During the period of March through July 2017, CHS, in collaboration with Malawi Ministry of Health (MoH), commissioned a baseline assessment in all 23 earmarked facilities in four districts to set a benchmark for examining changes triggered by the project interventions. Key project thematic areas for the assessment were: sample processing and transport, supply chain, lab information management system, human resource capacity, continuous quality improvement, clinical sample and results management, management of patients with known VL and EID results, and knowledge management. The specific objectives of the baseline were to assess if relevant capacity, policies and procedures were in place to ensure quality of laboratory services and to assess level of standards and quality of health care services in selected facilities providing HIV diagnosis and treatment services. Results of the baseline assessment provide a critical reference point for assessing changes and impact, establishing a basis for comparing the situation before and after an intervention.  Baseline survey report, QI manual and other tools are available upon request.


Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
August 25, 2017
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