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Galdinous Okwonga, a Nursing Officer at Atiak HC IV, shows Amal’s family and neighborhood children how to use and maintain a long-lasting insecticide treated net.
April 15, 2021

Amal’s family is one of more than 500 vulnerable to malaria that the USAID Regional Integration to Enhance Health-North Acholi (RHITES-N, Acholi) Activity is supporting in Amuru District through the Mother Care Group (MCG) model approach. This model uses home visits and group sessions to promote...

A nurse trains and observes a young woman administering Sayana® Press at Nambale Health Center III, Iganga District, Uganda. Photo credit: USAID RHITES-EC Activity
April 08, 2021

Village health teams (VHTs) serve as the first point of contact between the population and the health system. VHTs were established by the Uganda Ministry of Health to empower communities to take part in the decisions that affect their health, mobilize communities for health programs, and...

A patient receives antiretroviral drugs and a TB preventive therapy refill at a routine clinic visit in East Central Uganda. Photo credit: USAID RHITES-EC
March 24, 2021

James, a fisherman, and his wife Catherine both are HIV-positive and have consistently maintained a suppressed viral load. Their three children are HIV-negative. In Burada village, Namayingo District, eastern Uganda, they are considered a model family because of their willingness to share with...

USAID Defeat TB Chief of Party Dr. Abel Nkolo speaking at the launch of the National TB Agenda for Operations and Implementation Research
March 24, 2021

URC’s USAID Defeat TB Project in Uganda formed an operations research department in September 2017 to increase research output from both the project and the project’s partner, the Uganda National TB and Leprosy Program (NTLP). The aim was to formulate and answer implementation research questions...

A participant wears a mask at an event to promote infection prevention control (IPC) in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The TB South Africa Project (TBSAP) provided strong support for IPC measures at the facility level.  Photo credit: TBSAP
March 24, 2021

In March 2021, the USAID Tuberculosis South Africa Project (TBSAP) concluded a successful five years, rounding out 17 years of continuous technical assistance by URC to reduce the burden of tuberculosis (TB) in South Africa.

The USAID TB South Africa Project (TBSAP) has supported the rollout of a rapid test designed to address gaps in detecting TB in people living with HIV. TBSAP worked with 42 hospitals in 11 districts in five provinces: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu Natal, and Limpopo. Photo credit: USAID TB South Africa Project
March 24, 2021

Tuberculosis (TB) is the leading cause of death in people living with HIV in South Africa, ending 42,000 lives in 2018. Underdiagnoses of TB is a key factor in this statistic: an estimated 50-60% of people with HIV who also are infected with TB eventually develop active TB.

Health care workers in Marawi, Philippines pose in front of a billboard with the TB education campaign "Ayos ka Lungs?" meaning “Are your lungs OK?” The USAID TB Platforms Project supported a wide range of efforts to ensure that TB services continued. Photo credit: TB Platforms
March 24, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted health care around the world, including efforts by URC projects to reduce the spread and human impact of tuberculosis (TB) and its drug-resistant strains. Mandatory transportation shutdowns, curfews, and social distancing measures – particularly early in the...

Maureen Shauket, URC Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer
March 08, 2021

URC is pleased to announce the appointment of Maureen Shauket as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer. Maureen comes to URC from USAID where she served as Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning (PPL). In that role, she oversaw PPL’s...

Young Professional Logisticians receive motorcycles and laptops provided by UNICEF to facilitate visits to their assigned districts in support of health product supply chain management. Photo credit: Arafath Imorou
March 01, 2021

Through its work in Benin on the USAID-funded Global Health Supply Chain - Francophone Technical Assistance Task Order (GHSC-TA Francophone TO) project, in collaboration with Chemonics International, the prime contractor, URC has contributed to the development and expansion of a Young...

Vice-Mayor Gian Sotto talks about the importance of strong families at a school in Quezon City. Photo credit: Quezon City Government
February 01, 2021

“The war on drugs is not in the streets – it is in our homes.” So says Gian Carlo Sotto, Vice-Mayor of Quezon City, the Philippines’ most populous city. In his view, family plays a critical role in the fight against illegal drugs. The influence of family on persons who use drugs (PWUDS), he says...

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