USAID Health Care Improvement Project (HCI) | Kenya


With PEPFAR funding, URC supported the Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Development and its partners to improve the quality of services provided to orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) countrywide through the development and piloting of standards for OVC programs.

Read more about the HCI project or visit the USAID ASSIST Project website.

Key Activities

  • Supported the national OVC Technical Working Group to develop draft standards in consultation with stakeholders countrywide and facilitate a consensus development process to finalize the draft standards
  • Assisted partners in selected provinces to pilot the standards and gather evidence that providing services according to the standards makes a measurable difference in children’s well-being
  • Engaged AIDS, Population and Integrated Assistance Plus (APHIAplus) implementing partners in applying quality improvement approaches in the OVC services they support
  • Based on the evidence gathered and feedback from implementers, assisted the Ministry to finalize OVC quality standards


  • Draft QI service standards reviewed in a national validation meeting after a 9-month piloting process. The validation findings are being consolidated into a final document
  • Spread of OVC QI integration in OVC work countrywide through the APHIAplus zonal teams
2009 to 2013
US Agency for International Development (USAID)
Kenya Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Development
African Medical and Relief Foundation (AMREF)
FHI 360
Catholic Relief Services
Pathfinder International
ChildFund International
Food for the Hungry
World Vision
Regions/ Countries 
Geographic Scope 
8 provinces - Nairobi, Nyanza, Rift Valley, Coast, Eastern, North Eastern, Western, and Central - See more at: