USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project | Uganda


The USAID ASSIST Project is providing technical assistance in quality improvement to Uganda’s Ministry of Health and Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development and to implementing partners funded by USAID, the Department of Defense, Walter Reed, and CDC. The overall goal of this work is to provide patients with quality health and orphan and vulnerable children (OVC) services and to build a system through which these services can be delivered in a sustainable way.

ASSIST works directly with the responsible ministries and the established government structures to ensure government ownership and with leaders and managers at the district and facility levels and implementing partners to ensure that there is coordination of the services provided and resources are used in the most optimal way. ASSIST Uganda has a strong knowledge management focus of documenting what we learn and sharing that knowledge with the ministries and other partners.

ASSIST also works with the National TB and Leprosy Program to improve the quality of TB care in selected facilities.

Key Activities

  • Build capacity of US Government partners to improve the quality of HIV/AIDS; TB, maternal, newborn, and child health; reproductive health and family planning; nutrition; and OVC services in Uganda.
  • Improve the continuum of HIV care, treatment, and support through HIV counseling and testing, prevention messages for the HIV-negative community, initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) for eligible HIV-positive patients, improved retention in care and clinical outcomes, early infant diagnosis and treatment, and engaging facility leaders to participate in quality improvement (QI) activities.
  •  Improve the quality of safe male circumcision.
  • Increase coverage, retention, and outcomes of mothers and infants accessing services to prevent the mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and nutrition assessment, counseling, and support services.
  • Contribute to the collective efforts of partners to reduce maternal and perinatal mortality in the four Safe Mother’s Giving Life districts.
  • Integrate family planning into HIV and maternal health.
  • Build the capacity of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development to coordinate and oversee implementation of national QI plans and strategies by developing an OVC framework and improving the institutionalizing of QI in the health sector.
  • Generate new knowledge and evidence-based practices in QI as part of a continuous learning and adapting agenda.
  • Evaluate the impact of an adapted Chronic Care Model on quality of HIV services and patient outcomes.
  • Strengthen pharmaceutical human resources management in Jinja, Tororo, and Bukedea districts.
  • Apply mHealth to strengthen community support for village health teams in Buikwe District.
2012 to present
US Agency for International Development (USAID)
Regions/ Countries 
Geographic Scope 
57 out of 112 districts