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US Ambassador Jackson cuts ribbon with Ghana Ministry of Health and other local officials.
February 07, 2018

Warivi, GHANA — On January 31, 2018, U.S. Ambassador Robert P. Jackson and the Honorable Minister of Health Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, commissioned four Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compounds in Mion and Yendi Districts in the Northern Region. In attendance were the Director...

A family from the municipality of Palín in Escuintla, Guatemala whose daughter Dulce was born with congenital Zika syndrome with microcephaly. ASSIST staff work with local health facilities to ensure Dulce and her family receive the care they need. Credit: Amalia Lima, Director of Health Center in Palín
January 31, 2018

The good news is that there was a dramatic reduction in the number of Zika infections in 2017. The bad news? Zika is unlikely to disappear, and health systems across the Americas are still woefully unprepared to deal with the virus and its consequences.

URC supports innovative and evidence-based interventions to combat MDR-TB in high-burden countries worldwide
January 25, 2018

TB CARE II project partners with Ministries of Health, national TB control programs, national reference laboratories, academic institutions, the private sector, and community and civil society institutions to ensure that work is locally supported and sustainable.

Gloria Akullo, a 24-year-old female volunteer in Uganda
January 03, 2018

Gloria Akullo, a 24-year-old female volunteer in Uganda was diagnosed with HIV at age three following persistent illness and the death of her parents. Not understanding why she was taking daily pills, Gloria later learned from her caretaker aunt at age 10 that she was HIV positive. More...

Dignitaries from USAID, Ghana Health Service, KOICA, URC at Lotakor commissioning
December 18, 2017

On December 18, 2017, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with the Ministry of Health, the Ghana Health Service, and Korea International Development Agency (KOICA) commissioned four Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compounds in the...

Families in Motion Collaboration representative Belinda Coleman from the Hispanic Family Center awaits arrival of participants at the 2nd Annual Open House Celebration.
December 14, 2017

URC-CHS’s Families in Motion Program, a collaboration between the Hispanic Family Center (Camden, NJ), the Latin American Economic Development Association (Camden, NJ), and the Center for Human Services (Bridgeton, NJ), welcomed 40 families to its second annual Open House Celebration November 29...

Global HIV Deaths
December 08, 2017

On December 1st, we commemorated World AIDS Day. In 1988, when World AIDS Day was established, I had two uncles with HIV, both of whom would go on to die of complications related to AIDS. At that time, there was no concept of living with HIV; HIV led to AIDS, and AIDS was a death sentence.

November 29, 2017

The Association for the Rights of Nicaraguan Sexual Diversity (ADESENI) is one of 37 organizations the USAID Nicaragua PrevenSida Project, implemented by URC, works with to strengthen the civil society response to HIV/AIDS. ADESENI supports transgender women from rural Nicaragua develop...

Local quality improvement champions reflect on ways to continue supporting and spreading the use of improvement methods to strengthen health systems in India. Photo credit: Alison Lucas, ASSIST/URC.
November 09, 2017

ASSIST’s work in India is coming to end in December 2017, so our main focus over the last year was to build the skills of interested stakeholders to support the spread of improvement methods in a sustainable way. The main loss to the QI movement in India from the closing of ASSIST is the loss of...

November 07, 2017

URC is pleased to announce the award of a two-year extension to the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) cooperative agreement. Under the terms of the extension, the USAID ASSIST Project will operate until September 29, 2019 and will focus on strengthening maternal,...