Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems

URC KM interviewing a beneficiary of Community ART innitiative in Nyetane, Lubombo

The Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project is designed to improve the quality and outcomes of health care and other services by helping countries apply the science of improvement to the health and family services they provide.

The project also works to build the capacity of host country service delivery organizations in USAID-assisted countries to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, client-centeredness, safety, accessibility and equity of the health and family services they provide. The project studies what works to improve health outcomes and disseminates those results to other countries.

In Swaziland, for example, ASSIST has developed a tool to monitor the success of the voluntary male circumcision program. The Swaziland team also launched a new digital health tool to help prevent the transmission of HIV from pregnant mothers to their babies by providing quicker results from tests of viral load and reminders for follow-up appointments and testing.

In Lesotho, ASSIST is supporting the Ministry of Health to develop and implement a national strategy to improve the quality of HIV and AIDS services. The project provides intensive support to sites and district health management teams in five high-burden districts to eliminate new infections among children, reduce HIV-related deaths, increase HIV testing services and antiretroviral therapy coverage, improve viral load monitoring, deliver high-quality voluntary male circumcision services and provide nutritional support to HIV patients.

ASSIST is currently focusing its work on Zika prevention in Central and South America.







Implementing Partners:

University Research Co. (prime); WHO; Institute for Healthcare Improvement; EnCompass; Women Influencing Health Education and Rule of Law (WI-HER); Initiatives Inc.; FHI360; Harvard School of Public Health; HEALTHQUAL International; Center for Family Welfare – Universitas Indonesia; Regional Center for Quality of Health Care (RCQHC); and Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI)