USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project - Zika

URC is the lead implementer for the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) cooperative agreement of the Office of Health Systems in USAID’s Global Health Bureau.

In September 2017, URC was awarded a two-year extension to the USAID ASSIST Project. Under the terms of the extension, the USAID ASSIST Project will operate until September 29, 2019, complete all previously core- and Mission-funded activities, and focus on strengthening maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) and family planning/reproductive health services in Zika-affected countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

ASSIST’s mission is to improve healthcare, strengthen health systems, and advance the frontier of improvement science in USAID-assisted countries. To achieve these aims, URC and its partners are:

  • Fostering improvements in a range of healthcare processes through the application of modern improvement methods by host-country providers and managers
  • Building the capacity of host-country systems to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, client-centeredness, safety, accessibility, and equity of the healthcare services provided
  • Generating new knowledge to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of applying improvement methods in low- and middle-income countries

During the extension period, ASSIST is applying quality improvement methods to health systems strengthening efforts in Zika-affected countries, including Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Learn more at the project website and follow @USAIDASSIST on Twitter.

 

A family from the municipality of Palín in Escuintla, Guatemala whose daughter Dulce was born with congenital Zika syndrome with microcephaly. Credit: Amalia Lima, Director of Health Center in Palín.
A family from the municipality of Palín in Escuintla, Guatemala whose daughter Dulce was born with congenital Zika syndrome with microcephaly. Credit: Amalia Lima, Director of Health Center in Palín.
Duration
2012 to 2019
Funders 
US Agency for International Development (USAID)
Partners 
EnCompass, LLC
FHI 360
Harvard T.F. Chan School of Public Health
HEALTHQUAL International
Initiatives, Inc.
Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs
WI-HER, LLC
World Health Organization (WHO)