USAID Health Care Improvement Project (HCI) | Mozambique


With field support funding from USAID Mozambique, URC assisted the Ministry of Women and Social Action to develop outcomes-oriented standards for services for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), communicate the standards to service providers and communities, and work with program implementers to validate the draft standards at the point of service delivery. URC also initiated a project on home-based care (HBC) to focus on improving the quality of services for people living with HIV/AIDS.

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

Key Activities

  • Facilitated consensus around outcome goals and develop service standards
  • Built capacity within the OVC Task Force, the Ministry, and implementing partners to apply quality improvement to services for vulnerable children affected by HIV
  • Assisted partners to pilot the draft standards and gather evidence on whether having standards makes a measurable difference in children's lives
  • Assisted the Ministry and Task Force to integrate improvements derived from the pilot test into final OVC standards


  • Developed a draft of OVC standards
  • Facilitated a consensus at the national level for the need to gather evidence on the draft standards
  • Developed a roadmap for implementing OVC quality services at the national level
  • Conducted a situational analysis for HBC that will be used to develop draft HBC standards
2009 to 2013
The US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
US Agency for International Development (USAID)
Regions/ Countries 
Geographic Scope 
National level and the Zambezia, Gaza, and Cabo Delgado regions