USAID Health Care Improvement Project (HCI) | Senegal

Overview

With core funding from USAID's Maternal and Child Health Office, the USAID Health Care Improvement Project (HCI) worked with ChildFund International, USAID’s implementing arm in Senegal for large-scale, community-level child survival programs. HCI’s maternal, newborn, and child health team facilitated a community-level improvement collaborative on community case management of childhood illnesses, including malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhea. The project involved working with Senegalese counterparts at the national, regional, and district levels to create a culture of quality improvement and to transfer the knowledge and the skills for applying the improvement collaborative approach. The project emphasized using data to monitor progress and take corrective action to improve performance.

Key Activities

  • Provided technical support to transfer to local counterparts quality improvement-related knowledge and skills, including the application of improvement collaboratives;
  • Helped define a change package, including the selection of essential tools that will ensure effective implementation of that package;
  • Supported building the capacity of national counterparts so that they will be able to apply quality improvement approaches to a wide range of health services; and
  • Increased community engagement in the early detection, case management, and referral of childhood illnesses.

Achievements 

Preliminary results suggest improved compliance with the Integrated Community Case Management protocol for childhood malaria, acute respiratory infection, and diarrhea.

Duration
2010 to 2012
Funders 
US Agency for International Development (USAID)
Partners 
ChildFund International
Regions/ Countries