USAID Health Care Improvement Project (HCI) | Nicaragua
Funded by: United States Agency for International Development
Project Duration: 2007 to present
All 17 health regions in the country
HCI supports the Ministry of Health (MOH) in institutionalizing effective monitoring and improvement activities in essential obstetric and newborn care, the management of obstetrical complications, infection prevention and control, and family planning services. In addition, the project is helping the MOH improve the quality of HIV prevention, counseling, and testing services among high-risk populations and the quality of antiretroviral therapy for people with HIV. Efforts also focus on improving hospital case management of severely ill children.
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- Support the application of collaborative improvement to improve the management of obstetric and neonatal complications in eight health regions
- Support the spread of best practices in infection prevention and control to 12 hospitals to reduce incidence and case fatality of catheter line-associated blood stream infections and ventilator-associated pneumonia
- Provide technical assistance to health centers to improve the quality of HIV counseling and testing and the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, including support to reduce HIV-related stigma and discrimination
- Assist hospitals and health centers in improving care and treatment for HIV-positive patients in order to increase coverage of eligible patients with antiretroviral therapy and improve clinical outcomes
- Support the four hospitals in the country with the highest case fatality rates for pneumonia to reduce mortality among severely ill children under five
- Support MOH facilities, health training institutions, private health care clinics financed by the Nicaraguan Social Security Institute, and nongovernmental organizations to improve the quality of post-obstetric event family planning services
- Help expand HIV counseling and testing among TB patients in seven regions
- Introduce Kangaroo Care for premature newborns in a pilot hospital
- At hospitals participating in a collaborative, the rate of perinatal asphyxia fell from 0.8% in January 2009 to 0.23% in Feb 2011 and has stabilized at that rate.
- In nine maternal and child health hospitals, the postpartum hemorrhage rate declined from 1.4% in January 2009 to 0.6% in January 2011
- In 35 health facilities, HIV voluntary counseling and testing for patients with sexually transmitted infections increased from 17% for counseling and 9.6% for testing in May 2008 to 61% and 42%, respectively, in March 2010.
- Condom use after an obstetric event rose from 6% in January 2009 to 15% in February 2010.
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Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health; HIV/AIDS; Tuberculosis; Reproductive Health and Family Planning
Quality Improvement; Health Systems Strengthening; Health Communication and Behavior Change; Research and Evaluation