USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project | Kenya

Overview

URC is supporting the Ministry of Health (MOH) and other USAID implementing partners to improve health service delivery by applying quality improvement techniques. We are working with the Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Welfare to institutionalize high-quality care for orphans and vulnerable children in local and national child protection programs. We are also advising the MOH on rolling out nationally its framework for improving health care through standards of care, pre-service and in-service training, and quality improvement.

Key Activities

    • Operationalizing Kenya's Quality Model of Health, including developing or revising standards of care, supporting a national quality management program, and ensuing that the health care system listens to its clients in health care.
    • Establishing a framework to develop a national accreditation mechanism for the health sector.
    • Ensuring the Government has systems in place to address problems in the quality of care and a policy to support the systems.
    • Reviewing and developing standards of care for orphans and vulnerable children with the Ministry and facilitate their roll-out to service delivery points nationwide.
    • Developing Centers of Excellence in targeted districts to support district- and facility-level quality improvement teams.

    Achievements

    • The first National Policy Seminar, convened with ASSIST support in February 2013, brought together international and national experts who shared experiences and best practices on quality improvement policy, infrastructure, and accreditation.
    Duration
    2013 to present
    Funders 
    US Agency for International Development (USAID) | Kenya
    Partners 
    Kenya Ministry of Health
    Institute of Social Welfare and Research (IBESR)
    Regions/ Countries