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Ugandan hospital improves enrollment and treatment of malnourished clients to 100%
Micronutrient malnutrition or “hidden hunger” is common in Uganda, with half of Ugandan children (under 5 years old) being anemic. Hospitals throughout Uganda treat severely malnourished children through outpatient therapeutic care programs using ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF). During a baseline assessment at Kitgum Hospital in Northern Uganda, the hospital’s staff realized that only 60% of clients identified as malnourished at different service points were being appropriately treated for malnutrition using RUTF.
With support from ASSIST, the hospital’s quality improvement team identified gaps and tested several changes to improve the enrollment and treatment of malnourished clients. As the team tested these changes, enrollment of malnourished clients gradually improved, from 30% in June 2015 to 100% enrollment (October through April, 2016).
For more information, read the case study: “Increasing the Enrollment of Malnourished Clients on RUTF at Kitgum General Hospital”, written by Amos Ndungutse, Pamela Ddongo, Tamara Nsubuga-Nyombi, Esther Karamagi, and Mirwais Rahimzai.
The objective of the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project is to improve the quality and outcomes of health care and other services by enabling host country providers and managers to apply the science of improvement. The project seeks to build the capacity of host country service delivery organizations in USAID-assisted countries to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, client-centeredness, safety, accessibility, and equity of the health and family services they provide. USAID ASSIST also seeks to institutionalize the capacity to improve through competency development at the pre- and in-service levels as well as engaging with host country governments at the policy level. For more information, visit www.usaidassist.org.
September 01, 2016