USAID Health Care Improvement Project (HCI) | Ethiopia


With funding from the USAID Office of HIV/AIDS and Africa Bureau, URC worked with other implementing partners to implement standards for programs serving orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). HCI developed, tested, and documented a model to facilitate community support for children and families affected by HIV/AIDS.

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Key Activities
  • Worked with government, civil society organizations, and implementing partners to identify the core competencies needed for communities to provide comprehensive, coordinated care for children affected by HIV and AIDS;
  • Designed and field-test tools to assist communities to improve the coordination of care for children affected by HI; and
  • Assisted the Community Safety Net Project to gather evidence that applying quality standards and organizing quality improvement initiatives fosters the engagement of community health volunteers and social workers.
  • Helped Save the Children empower OVC service providers to test locally developed standards for OVC programs;
  • Increased school attendance from 87% to 100%, timely referral for medical treatment from 15% to 100%, and referral of cases of abuse to the judicial system from 0% to 78%; improved links to tutors from 30% to 42% and to food support from 44% to 58%;
  • Developed a conceptual framework to measure community capacity to provide comprehensive coordinated care to OVC and PLHIV.
2007 to 2012
US Agency for International Development (USAID)
Initiatives, Inc.
Regions/ Countries 
Geographic Scope 
Dire Dawa and Debre-Zeit regions