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


URC is providing provincial- and district-level support for HIV and AIDS care, maternal health care, family planning and primary health care programs, monitoring and evaluation, and quality improvement in 30 districts in five provinces. Our staff work directly with district and provincial health managers in supported provinces to improve the quality of care through providing support and mentorship in planning, implementation, evaluation and documentation. We are supporting the revitalization of primary health care, including supervision and strategic planning, and are working to improve use of district-level data through monitoring and evaluation support.

Key Activities

  • Provide assistance for the development of Provincial Annual Performance Plans and for the preparation of operational and cost plans for HIV, the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and antiretroviral treatment programs in all districts. 
  • Provide assistance to all districts for the development of district health plans.
  • Provide support to the following national directorates: HIV/AIDS, Strategic Planning (M&E [monitoring and evaluation] and Information), District Health Services, and Quality Assurance.
  • Work closely with all five provinces to develop and execute their research and evaluation agendas (e.g., evaluation of primary health care supervision in Mpumalanga).
2013 to present
US Agency for International Development (USAID) | South Africa
Regions/ Countries 
Geographic Scope 
Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, and North West