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Putting it in Context: URC 2014 Photography Contest Winners
by Sabina Behague, Communications Specialist
December 16, 2014

Jessica Ziegler, Knowledge Management Specialist for URC/Headquarters, submitted the winning photo in the “Photographer’s Choice” category of URC’s 2014 Photography Contest.

In Haiti, USAID's SSQH-Nord Project Addresses Gender-Based Violence
by Christina Zola, Communications Specialist and Christine Ortiz, Senior Advisor, HSS
December 5, 2014

The USAID-funded Services de Santé de Qualité pour Haïti (SSQH) Nord project focuses on quality health service delivery in the departments of Nord, Nord-Est, Nord-Ouest and Artibonite. In Year 2, SSQH-Nord strategies will address gender-based violence (GBV) and child protection (CP).

Photo by Marco Dormino for UN Photo. Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Photo by Marco Dormino for UN Photo. Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Putting it in Context: URC 2014 Photography Contest Winners
by Sabina Behague, Communications Specialist
December 5, 2014

Sanjay Rai, District Improvement Coordinator for the USAID ASSIST Project in India, submitted the winning photo in the “Family Portrait” category of URC’s 2014 Photography Contest.

ASSIST Project Leads Chat on Gender-Based Violence
by Christina Zola, Communications Specialist
December 5, 2014

Join the USAID ASSIST Project, Knowledge for Health (K4Health), The Asia Foundation, Promundo, Chemonics, The TOPS Program, and World Vision, and the Gender and Development Networking Group for an all-day Twitter chat, “Innovative Approaches to Respond to Gender-Based Violence,” on December 10, 2014.

URC projects mark 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence
URC projects mark 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence
TRAction Project: GBV in the health system
by URC Staff
December 3, 2014

The TRAction Project's Nevia Pavletic weighs in with some thoughts on the importance of respectful maternal care in efforts to eliminate gender-based violence as part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

TRAction Project End Disrespect
TRAction Project End Disrespect
USAID Diagnosis and Management of Severe Febrile Illness Project making a difference in the lives of children under five
by By Sekela Kyomo, Knowledge Management and Communication Specialist, USAID Tibu Homa
December 2, 2014

The USAID Tibu Homa Project recently hosted a two day workshop in the Lake Zone Regions of Tanzania. Speakers included the Acting Director of Reproductive and Child Health Services from the Tanzania Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. The workshop focused on sharing findings on managing fever in children under five and revealed opportunities for improvement in the health sector.

Tibu Homa workshop attendees, including Dr. Neema Rusibamayila, Acting Director of Reproductive and Child Health Services, Tanzania MoHSW
Tibu Homa workshop attendees, including Dr. Neema Rusibamayila, Acting Director of Reproductive and Child Health Services, Tanzania MoHSW
Reflecting on the History of HIV/AIDS
by Pamela Marks, Senior Advisor for HIV/AIDS, TB & Infectious Diseases
December 1, 2014

Today is World AIDS Day. It is time for us to reflect on the history of the HIV virus and how it has affected and changed our lives over the past three decades.

No health on G20 agenda prompts leaders to host international Health 20
by Tana Wuliji, Senior Improvement Advisor and Health Workforce Development Unit Lead
November 25, 2014

Concerned by the absence of a discussion around health as an enabler of economic growth and an important part of the economy as "the greatest social capital a nation can have," the World Medical Association, the Australian Medical Association, and the Australian Medical Association Victoria  hosted the first international Health 20 Summit – the H20 (#H20Melb on Twitter).  URC's Tana Wuliji served as the summit's raporteur and presented the H20's conclusions on the final day of the summit.

Guests at the first H20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia
Guests at the first H20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia
URC supports 16 Days of activism against GBV
by Christina Zola, Communications Specialist
November 25, 2014

URC and CHS join with our partners and stakeholders around the world to mark 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.

Rutgers is the official convener of the 16 Days campaign
Rutgers is the official convener of the 16 Days campaign
Putting it in Context: URC 2014 Photography Contest Winners
by Sabina Behague, Communications Specialist
November 20, 2014

Bernadeta Nagita, Executive/Communications Assistant for the Strengthening Uganda's Systems for Treating AIDS Nationally (SUSTAIN) Project in Uganda, submitted the winning photo in the “Closer Look” category of URC’s 2014 Photography Contest.

Religious Leaders in Ghana Unite Against Ebola Virus Disease
by Systems for Health Team
November 19, 2014

Religious leaders from across Ghana convened on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 to respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa

Women and Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision - WEBINAR
November 18, 2014

Women play a key role in the success of Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) programs.  Join this PEPFAR webinar to learn more.

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URC-CHS supports Universal Health Coverage Day
by Christina Zola, Communications Specialist
November 18, 2014

Health inequities occur when health services are not accessible to or utilized by certain groups of people because of their gender, socio-economic status, ethnicity, geographic residence, or other characteristics. This lack of access puts disadvantaged populations at a much higher risk for adverse health outcomes.

URC-CHS has pledged its support for Universal Health Coverage Day on December 12th and join us as we work towards health for all.

Universal Health Coverage Day is December 12; join with over 200 organizations to support health for all
Universal Health Coverage Day is December 12; join with over 200 organizations to support health for all
Putting it in Context: URC 2014 Photography Contest Winners
by Sabina Behague, Communications Specialist
November 14, 2014

Boran Mao, Graphic Designer for the Quality Health Services Project in Cambodia, submitted the winning photo in the “Learning and Teaching” category of URC’s 2014 Photography Contest.

Research on Disrespect and Abuse during Childbirth: Experts Discuss Advancements and Challenges
by Nevia Pavletic, Implementation Science Intern, TRAction Project
November 14, 2014

On November 11, 2014, a webinar hosted by the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) about disrespect and abuse (D&A) during childbirth brought together three panelists to discuss cutting-edge research on D&A while opening a dialogue on how this research can shape policy advocacy. The panelists stressed the complex nature of D&A, and suggested that an effective response must be systemic.

Putting it in Context: URC 2014 Photography Contest Winners
by Sabina Behague, Communications Specialist
November 6, 2014

Mizeal Shanta, Outreach Advisor for the USAID Primary Health Care Project in Iraq (PHCPI), submitted the Grand Prize-winning photo in URC’s 2014 Photography Contest.

Maternal and Newborn Care Sees Vast Improvements in Niger and Mali
by Sabina Behague, Communications Specialist
November 6, 2014

Closing the “know-do” gap between interventions and reliable implementation at scale is no easy task, especially in resource-poor countries with some of the worst indicators in the world. In Niger and Mali, two countries with some of the highest maternal and newborn mortality rates worldwide, URC’s work has driven some remarkable improvements.

URC-CHS Participates at TropMed 2014
by Colleen Longacre, Senior Program Officer
November 5, 2014

URC-CHS is happy to announce its participation at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 63rd Annual Meeting (#TropMed2014) November 2–6, 2014 in New Orleans, LA. 

This employee of the well-known logging company MDS Company in Veal Veng, Cambodia receives a long-lasting insecticidal net through a partnership between the company and the project in 2014.
This employee of the well-known logging company MDS Company in Veal Veng, Cambodia receives a long-lasting insecticidal net through a partnership between the company and the project in 2014.
URC at the World Lung Conference 2014
by Colleen Longacre, Senior Program Officer
October 27, 2014

As in past years, URC will have a strong presence at the 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health, held this year in Barcelona, Spain. Join us at our symposia, presentations, and workshops or drop by the marketplace, booth #27, and say hello.

A street walk conducted by students in honor of World TB Day 2013 to bring awareness to the public about the importance of TB screening and treatment. Photo by Khatuna Chanturia, URC
A street walk conducted by students in honor of World TB Day 2013 to bring awareness to the public about the importance of TB screening and treatment. Photo by Khatuna Chanturia, URC
Mass Media Campaign in Iraq Helping Mothers and Children
by Sabina Behague, Communications Specialist
October 23, 2014

The USAID-funded Primary Health Care Project Iraq launched a national, mass media campaign in behavior-change communication (BCC) that ran July 13 through August 31, 2014. The campaign consisted of three TV spots, animated songs, and a seven-episode information series.  Some of those spots are now available on URC’s YouTube channel on specific topics such as pre-natal care for women, breastfeeding,  preventing diarrhea in infants, and vaccination for children.

USAID and URC Celebrate Seven Years of HCI Project Accomplishments
by Sabina Behague, Communications Specialist
October 17, 2014

Download and read "Improving Healthcare: The Results and Legacy of the USAID Health Care Improvement Project", the final report from an important seven-year effort that advanced the state of the art of health care quality.

URC Endorses WHO Statement on Preventing and Eliminating Disrespect and Abuse During Childbirth
September 30, 2014

University Research Co., LLC (URC) is pleased to announce its endorsement of the World Health Organization’s statement “The prevention and elimination of disrespect and abuse during facility-based childbirth”. The statement is being announced today at the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, in Cape Town, South Africa.

Ceremony Celebrates Handover of National Standards, Honors CEO
by Christina Zola, Communications Specialist
September 19, 2014

The National Standards for Improving the Lives of Vulnerable Children in Nigeria, developed by the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development (FMWASD) and implementing partners in Nigeria and with technical assistance from USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project, were officially handed over in a ceremony August 27. At the ceremony, the Ministry honored the late Mr. Melvyn Estrin, URC’s former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, by dedicating the standards in his memory.

(From Left to Right) FMWASD Director of Child Development Rabi Galadima and Permanent Secretary Dr. Habiba Mudu Lawal join USAID Director of HIV and AIDS Susan Coleman at the ceremony handing over the
(From Left to Right) FMWASD Director of Child Development Rabi Galadima and Permanent Secretary Dr. Habiba Mudu Lawal join USAID Director of HIV and AIDS Susan Coleman at the ceremony handing over the
Global Reading Network Initiates Online Awareness Campaign
by Reading within Reach Staff
August 29, 2014

The Global Reading Network wants to know: Why is reading important to you?

According to the 2013/2014 Education for All Global Monitoring Report, an estimated 250 million children around the world--130 million of whom have spent at least four years in school--are not learning foundational reading skills.

Advocates for early reading around the world are invited to include their own, personal messages about why reading is important and post it to their social media accounts in the days leading up to and including September 8th, International Literacy Day.

Child participates in Global Reading Network's campaign for International Literacy Day
Child participates in Global Reading Network's campaign for International Literacy Day
Making a Difference in the Lives of Mothers and Babies in Uganda
by Christina Zola, Communications Specialist
August 29, 2014

Affordable. Applicable. Simple. This is how Dr. Jesca Nsungwa Sabiiti, Assistant Commissioner for Child Health with Uganda’s Ministry of Health, described the models for maternal and newborn health care introduced by USAID’s Health Care Improvement (HCI) project in Uganda. Watch village healthcare workers, nurses, and officials share the difference HCI has made in the lives of mothers and children in Uganda.

Video: Improving MNCH in Uganda
Video: Improving MNCH in Uganda
Nutri-Salud Supports the Revitalization of Guatemala's National Commission to Promote Breastfeeding
by Elena Hurtado, Senior Technical Advisor, and Jessica Ziegler, Knowledge Management Specialist
August 7, 2014

In pursuit of their commitment to reduce chronic malnutrition in children under five, the Guatemalan Ministry of Health turned to breastfeeding. The Nutri-Salud project recently made recommendations on Guatemala's strategic plan to revive the National Commission for the Promotion of Breastfeeding (CONAPLAM). When implemented, CONAPLAM will provide a stable platform to ensure that all Guatemalan babies receive the very best start in their first 1000 days of life.

A new mother in the Highlands of Guatemala nurses her baby.
A new mother in the Highlands of Guatemala nurses her baby.
A Personal Testimony: The Brand Is Mother's Milk
by Gabriela Salazar, Nutritionist, Nutri-Salud
August 4, 2014

What brand of milk is best for our children?

Gabriela Salazar, a nutritionist working on the Nutri-Salud project in Quiché, Guatemala, shares her experience breastfeeding her own daughter, who is now nine months old. Gabriela is committed to giving her daughter, and all the mothers and babies in Quiché, the very best start during the critical 1000 Days window of opportunity for improved health.


Gabriela Salazar of the Nutri-Salud project nurses her daughter, Camila
Gabriela Salazar of the Nutri-Salud project nurses her daughter, Camila
Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week in El Quiché, Guatemala: Cultural and Gender Perspectives
by Elena Hurtado, Senior Technical Advisor
August 1, 2014

The Health Area of El Quiché, with support from the Nutri-Salud project, is celebrating World Breastfeeding Week with a one-day conference for health workers.

Breastfeeding and complementary feeding are the conference’s main topics, but issues of gender and Mayan culture will be infused throughout the discussions: breastfeeding as a beneficial Mayan practice, as an equalizer that gives every child the best start in life, and as the right of every woman.

Mother breastfeeds her baby, the Highlands, Guatemala. Photo courtesy of USAID Nutri-Salud Project
Mother breastfeeds her baby, the Highlands, Guatemala. Photo courtesy of USAID Nutri-Salud Project
Everyday Knowledge Management
by Lani Marquez
July 30, 2014

On USAID's Learning Lab: What use is knowledge if it stays inside someone's head? At the Food Security and Nutrition Knowledge Sharing Meeting held in DC early this month, URC's Lani Marquez and CARE's Alyssa Lowe challenged the assembled group to examine how knowledge is managed and shared.

A Streamlined System for Mother and Baby Care HIV Care Management
by USAID/SUSTAIN project staff
July 23, 2014

"Because my baby and I are treated at different clinics within the same hospital, I always receive separate appointments. Each time, when I arrive at the hospital, I have to wait a long time to get the medicine. One day, I waited for eight hours."

-- Evaline, a client at Soroti Regional Referral Hospital ART Clinic, Eastern Uganda

HIV-positive mothers in Uganda often face difficult decisions concerning HIV treatment for themselves and their infants: A disconnect between clinics can cause long waits and even force a mother to choose between her own treatment and her child's.

Could something as simple as synchronizing appointments for both mother and baby help achieve the goal of eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2015?

The USAID Strengthening Uganda's Systems for Treating AIDS Nationally project is supporting the establishment and functioning of mother-baby care points in hospitals to help improve retention of mother-baby pairs and the provision of HIV services.

 

 

 

Evaline, 21, a client at Soroti Regional Referral Hospital ART Clinic, Eastern Uganda,
Evaline, 21, a client at Soroti Regional Referral Hospital ART Clinic, Eastern Uganda,
Looking To a Bright Future in Rwanda
by Sabina Behague, Communications Specialist
July 11, 2014

Twenty years after the most horrific genocide in living memory, the people of Rwanda have risen above the devastation and made vast social, political and economic improvements in their lives. URC is proud to have made some small contribution to its remarkable recovery.

PEPFAR-funded Project Helps Swaziland Labs Earn Their Stars
by By Manith Hang, Project Coordinator, and Christina Zola, Communications Specialist
June 30, 2014

Five Swaziland laboratories have been awarded stars of accreditation by the African Society for Laboratory Medicine. This is good news for URC's Laboratory Support Project, which has been working since 2009 to strengthen lab quality assurance and management systems while expanding HIV/AIDS and TB diagnostic services at all levels of the Swaziland health system.

Swazi Observer, June 14, 2014 Lab Accreditation
Swazi Observer, June 14, 2014 Lab Accreditation
URC VP Dr. Refiloe Matji Featured in "USA Today" Special Issue
by Rebecca Oser, Director of Communications
June 27, 2014

URC Vice President Dr. Refiloe Matji is featured in the June 27th issue of the USA Today newspaper, in an interview entitled, "A Blueprint for Defeating Tuberculosis".

Global Health Special Issue Cover Featuring Actor Orlando Bloom
Global Health Special Issue Cover Featuring Actor Orlando Bloom
Dr. Faith Mwangi-Powell: Listening, Learning and Adapting to Drive QI in Kenya
by Sabina Behague, Communications Specialist
June 25, 2014

Dr. Faith Mwangi-Powell hit the ground running when she joined the USAID ASSIST Project in Kenya as Chief of Party (COP) in August 2013. The project had been underway for several months, and while joining a project mid-stream – especially in a leadership role – is often difficult, she says she was welcomed by the USAID ASSIST Kenya team with “not only open arms but also an open mind.”


Increasing Access to Healthcare Services in the Karamoja Sub-region, Uganda
June 24, 2014

This brief provides an overview of USAID/SUSTAIN’s work in Karamoja in HIV prevention, care and treatment, laboratory services and human resources for health. Karamoja, in northeastern Uganda, is considered by many a “hard to reach” and “hard to live in” sub-region. The HIV prevalence rate in Karamoja has risen in the last decade from 3.5 percent to 5.3 percent. In 2010, the USAID/SUSTAIN project, working closely with the Ministry of Health, started implementing interventions to improve public healthcare systems to provide quality HIV prevention, care and treatment services in seven districts of the sub-region.

A client accesses HIV testing at Moroto Regional Referral Hospital
A client accesses HIV testing at Moroto Regional Referral Hospital
Translating Research into Action (TRAction) Project Leads Research to Provide Care to Hard-to-Reach Children
by Tiffany Clark, Research Analyst and Sabina Behague, Communications Specialist
June 18, 2014

Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) is a strategy that extends the reach of health care services for childhood illnesses beyond health facilities to provide services to children in isolated areas.  URC's TRAction Project is active in iCCM research, outreach and advocacy.

URC Joins USAID’s Campaign to End Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths
by Christina Zola and Sabina Behague, Communications Specialists
June 17, 2014

URC is a proud member of the Advisory Group for USAID’s Acting on the Call: Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths initiative, and of the host committee supporting the 5th Birthday and Beyond campaign.

Sharing What Works: International Collaboration Helps Belize Reduce Its Maternal Mortality Rate by 62%
by Christina Zola, Communications Specialist
June 13, 2014

In Belize, the country’s maternal mortality rate fell from 88 in 100,000 live births in 2004–2008 to 33 in 2009–2013. The Ministry of Health [MOH] attributes the drop to the quality improvement technical assistance that USAID’s Health Care Improvement (HCI) project provided.

How has the MOH made such great strides in reducing maternal mortality? Their story is a model of innovation and economy, knowledge sharing and best practices, with great implications for development projects all over the world.

The QI Team from Stann Creek District prepares their Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles.
The QI Team from Stann Creek District prepares their Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles.
Success Story: URC Project Training Saves a Mother’s Life
by Kevin Embrey, Senior Program Officer, Bárbara Yurrita, Communication and Knowledge Management Consultant, and Christina Zola, Communications Specialist
June 13, 2014

Nutri-Salud: Community Nutrition and Health Care Project, in coordination with the Guatemalan Ministry of Health and a local NGO, provided training in the active management of the third stage of labor to professional and auxiliary nurses. That timely training helped Nurse Pedro to save a mother's life.

Nurse Pedro saved this woman’s life using AMTSL techniques learned through Nutri-Salud.
Nurse Pedro saved this woman’s life using AMTSL techniques learned through Nutri-Salud.
Kangaroo Mother Care: A Low-Tech, High Impact Strategy for Saving Babies’ Lives
by Sabina Behague, Communications Specialist
June 9, 2014

URC’s USAID ASSIST project recently hosted a webinar entitled, “Perspectives on the expansion of the Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) method in Latin America: the past, present, and future,” to present and discuss the expansion of the lifesaving method of Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC). KMC, in which a parent holds their newborn in contact with their own skin, is helping thousands of premature babies survive and thrive all over Latin America. To see and hear the webinar in its entirety (in Spanish), please click here.

Kangaroo care is the practice of holding the newborn skin-to-skin with the parent for as many hours as possible every day.  This helps regulate body temperature and provides emotional comfort.
Kangaroo care is the practice of holding the newborn skin-to-skin with the parent for as many hours as possible every day. This helps regulate body temperature and provides emotional comfort.
Successful Kick-offs Held for Town Hall Meetings to Prevent Underage Drinking
by Sabina Behague, Communications Specialist
June 5, 2014

Every two years URC manages the US Department of Health and Human Service’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Town Hall Meeting events to help educate communities about underage drinking and mobilize them around its prevention. The national launch of Town Hall Meetings and the kick-off meeting for Massachusetts' Town Hall Meetings were held in April.

Clean Air and Cooking: Making the Connection in India and Uganda
by Sabina Behague, Communications Specialist
June 4, 2014

Household air pollution is estimated to kill 3.9 million people annually, making exposure to it one of the top three risk factors for death and illness worldwide. One way to address the problem is to promote the purchase and correct use of lower-emission cookstoves in developing countries.

Improved cookstove in India
Improved cookstove in India
How Much Would You Pay to Stop the Pain?
by Christina Zola and Sabina Behague, Communications Specialists
June 4, 2014

The International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) invited Dr. Edward Broughton, Director of Research and Evaluation for the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems and Health Care Improvement projects at URC, to present the basics of how to conduct a cost-benefit analysis and understand the data. The resulting webinar took place on May 21 and was well attended by participants all over the world.

Better Living in the Western Highlands of Guatemala
May 30, 2014

Nutri-Salud’s “Programa de la Rueda de Prácticas para Virir Mejor,” or Wheel of Practices for Better Living Program, was adopted April 22 by the Guatemalan Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance as part of its national strategy.

The Guatemalan Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance announced the adoption of Nutri-Salud’s Wheel of Practices for Better Living Program in mid-May.
The Guatemalan Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance announced the adoption of Nutri-Salud’s Wheel of Practices for Better Living Program in mid-May.
URC Expert Contributes to USAID FRONTLINES with Article on Reducing the Risks of Pregnancy and Childbirth in Cambodia
May 30, 2014

USAID FRONTLINES has published this compelling article on the reduction of Cambodian maternal deaths by URC's Chief of Party Christophe Grundmann.

Request for Concept Papers for Small Grants to Support the Tibu Homa Project (THP)
May 16, 2014

Request for Concept Papers for Small Grants to Support the Tibu Homa Project (THP) in improving the Diagnosis and Management of Severe Febrile Illness in Lake Zone

The THP is USAID-funded project (2011-2016) managed and implemented by University Research CO., LLC working to contribute to the reduction of morbidity and mortality in children under-five years of age in the Lake Zone of Tanzania. The THP has designed Small Grants Program for the purpose of supporting Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) working to mobilize and support health facilities to improve case management due to febrile illness in children under-fives year of age including orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). The project covers six regions of the Lake Zone (Mwanza, Geita, Kagera, Shinyanga, Simiyu and Mara).

Message from a Senior Midwife for International Day of the Midwife
by Annie Clark,Senior QI Advisor MNCH and Evelyn Kamgang, Improvement Associate
May 5, 2014

Words of inspiration and wisdom from URC's own Annie Clark, whose career in midwifery spans forty years: "The value and versatility of midwives cannot be overstated. . . . I am heartened by the fact that after many years of too little progress in reducing global maternal mortality, the estimated number of maternal deaths has finally fallen from 500,000 annually to 290,000. I hope that, with renewed commitment and effort, the number will further be halved in the next 10 years."

Please read her story.

Annie Clark, Senior QI Advisor MNCH
Annie Clark, Senior QI Advisor MNCH
Webinar Wednesday, May 7, 2014: Behavior change approaches to enable uptake and use of clean stoves and fuels: Lessons from the field on what works, what doesn't, and what's next?
May 1, 2014

Webinar Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Behavior change approaches to enable uptake and use of clean stoves and fuels: Lessons from the field on what works, what doesn't, and what's next?

Speakers:

Marc Jeuland, Assistant Professor, Duke University

Theresa Beltramo, Applied Micro-Economist, Impact Carbon

Allen Namagembe, Epidemiologist/Biostatistician, PATH

Ugandan woman performing cooking demonstration, courtesy of Impact Carbon
Ugandan woman performing cooking demonstration, courtesy of Impact Carbon
USAID Selects URC to Lead New Social Health Protection Project in Cambodia
by Elizabeth Hendrickson, URC Program Officer
April 18, 2014

Cambodia has made significant progress on a range of health indicators over the past decade and has demonstrated a strong commitment to pro-poor health policies, most notably with the development and expansion of health equity funds. The Social Health Protection Project, which builds on the work of the recently-ended Better Health Services project, aims to support the Royal Government of Cambodia’s goal of achieving universal health coverage by expanding health equity funds and other social health protection mechanisms throughout the country.

Miean Keng and her grandchildren, ready for school. Photo courtesy of URC Co., LLC
Miean Keng and her grandchildren, ready for school. Photo courtesy of URC Co., LLC
Webinar Tuesday, April 22, 2014: Perspectivas para la expansión del Método Canguro en América Latina: de dónde venimos, en dónde estamos y a dónde vamos
by Elizabeth Silva, Improvement Specialist for Gender and Knowledge Management
April 18, 2014

Spanish-language webinar: Perspectives on the expansion of the Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) method in Latin America: the past, present, and future.

Presenter: Dr. Nathalie Charpak, founder, researcher, and director of  the Kangaroo Foundation in Bogota, Columbia.

Moderator: Dr. Jorge Hermida, medical health expert and Latin American regional director of the USAID ASSIST Project/URC

EONC kangaroo mother care in Cotopaxi
EONC kangaroo mother care in Cotopaxi
Request for Proposals: Solicitation Number FY14-RFP03-6012
April 11, 2014

The SSQH-Nord Project anticipates issuing a fixed-price subcontract to facilitate the sustainable delivery of health services by the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) at the primary care and community level via the verification and payment of contracted service providers and operational costs of the Departmental Health Directorates (DDS) and the Zone Ciblée (ZC).

USAID FRONTLINES Highlights Social Health Protection Project's Work to Alleviate Poverty with Health Insurance
by URC Communications Team
April 9, 2014

USAID's FRONTLINES magazine featured an article by Tapley Jordanwood, URC's Chief of Party in Cambodia for the USAID Social Health Protection Project. In "Lifting Cambodia’s Poorest Out of Poverty with Health Insurance," Mr. Jordanwood introduces families whose participation in the Health Equity Fund insurance program has saved money--and lives.

Soy Neart with her three daughters. Photo courtesy Tapley Jordanwood, Chief of Party, USAID Social Health Protection Project.
Soy Neart with her three daughters. Photo courtesy Tapley Jordanwood, Chief of Party, USAID Social Health Protection Project.
URC to Lead Quality Health Services Project in Cambodia, Continue Improving Systems for Maternal and Newborn Health
by Christina Zola, Communications Specialist
March 25, 2014

Through the USAID Quality Health Services project, URC will build on more than a decade of work in Cambodia to strengthen reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition care and systems. The URC-led project team will draw on and scale up successful initiatives started under USAID Cambodia’s recently ended Better Health Services (BHS) project, which was also managed by URC. In addition, the team will apply the knowledge and systems built during BHS to create new capacity-building activities in areas where critical gaps remain.

A midwife provides counseling for a pregnant woman and writes notes in her Mother and Child Book.
A midwife provides counseling for a pregnant woman and writes notes in her Mother and Child Book.
URC Programs Recognize World TB Day 2014
by URC Staff
March 24, 2014

URC programs participated in World TB Day, March 24, 2014, to raise awareness of TB. URC program activities spanned the weeks leading up to World TB Day and, in some cases, extended to the end of the month. The following is a summary of URC’s participation in TB awareness-raising events, with links to additional information.

Pot Songs in Bangladesh, TB CARE II, photo by sub-grantee HEED in January 2014
Pot Songs in Bangladesh, TB CARE II, photo by sub-grantee HEED in January 2014
A New Path Forward for Haiti’s Vulnerable Children: Partners Unite in Effort to Help Haiti’s Children in Need
by By Daniel Joseph, Orphans and Vulnerable Children Quality Improvement Advisor, and Christina Zola, Communications Specialist
March 14, 2014

Representatives from Haitian Ministries and national and international partner organizations convened recently in Port-au-Prince to sign a significant memorandum of understanding that will foster cooperation in their efforts to improve the conditions of children’s lives in Haiti. URC urged the assembled organizations to participate in this open initiative, led by IBESR.

Mrs. Arielle Villedrouin, General Director of IBESR and Daniel Joseph,  QI Advisor/ASISST, URC-Haiti. Photo courtesy of IBESR
Mrs. Arielle Villedrouin, General Director of IBESR and Daniel Joseph, QI Advisor/ASISST, URC-Haiti. Photo courtesy of IBESR
International Women's Day 2014: Equality for Women Is Progress for All
by Christina Zola, communications specialist
March 7, 2014

March 8th marks International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate women’s achievements and advocate for equality in health, home and career, with dignity and respect.  URC is proud to highlight two of its key programs that ensure that women can access health services that are both cost-effective and patient centered: TRAction and ASSIST

Portrait of a young woman of Ghana by Arne Hoel, The World Bank
Portrait of a young woman of Ghana by Arne Hoel, The World Bank
The Value of Midwives: CHS Program Selected by Ecuadorean Government for National Scale-up
by Yvette Castro-Green, Program Development Consultant and Rebecca Oser, Director of Communications
March 4, 2014

Maternal and infant mortality is a serious problem in Ecuador. In 2011 alone, 241 women died from pregnancy complications and 3,046 children died before their first birthday, according to figures from Ecuador’s National Institute of Statistics and Census, The Center for Human Services' Essential Obstetric and Newborn Care Network in Cotopaxi trains traditional birth attendants and skilled providers in home- and facility-based care immediately following childbirth.

Photo courtesy of El País
Photo courtesy of El País
Request for Proposals: Solicitation Number FY14-RFP02-6012
February 28, 2014

The SSQH-Nord Project anticipates issuing a fixed-price subcontract to support the development, introduction and management of mobile health (mHealth) and technology solutions designed to improve management of community health worker performance, use of data for quality improvement, patient referrals, community mobilization, and commodity tracking.

URC Affiliate Launches New English Literacy Instruction Program in Pennsylvania
February 14, 2014

Building on its long-standing history of offering English literacy instruction, URC's non-profit affiliate, the Center for Human Services (CHS), has launched a new fee-based English-as-a-second-language (ESL) program in Pennsylvania. The program will offer customized ESL instruction to companies wanting to give their employees an opportunity to improve their English in closed groups on-site. All aspects of the program, including content, timing, group size and location, will be tailor-made to meet the company’s requirements.

Students complete assignments in an ESL class at CHS’s Bridgeton, NJ, office. CHS has provided English literacy instruction to communities in need for over 30 years. Photo by Brian Donnelly.
Students complete assignments in an ESL class at CHS’s Bridgeton, NJ, office. CHS has provided English literacy instruction to communities in need for over 30 years. Photo by Brian Donnelly.
Nutri-Salud Contributes Article to USAID "Learning in Action" Series
February 11, 2014

The Nutri-Salud: Community Nutrition and Health project recently contributed an article to USAID Learning Lab’s “Learning in Action” series, which intends to paint a more detailed picture of what learning looks like in practice. Following a previous article written by the USAID Mission in Guatemala, the Nutri-Salud article offers insights from the implementing partner perspective. In an engaging question-and-answer format, Nutri-Salud Chief of Party Elena Hurtado discusses how the project has embedded collaboration and learning within its implementation as it seeks to expand coverage of quality, integrated primary health care services and engage communities and local government in improved health and nutrition.

Ministry of Health and service delivery NGO staff review APRECIE concepts as they prepare for a round of data collection. Photo by Nutri-Salud project staff.
Ministry of Health and service delivery NGO staff review APRECIE concepts as they prepare for a round of data collection. Photo by Nutri-Salud project staff.
URC to Provide Research Advisory Services to Australian Aid Program
February 5, 2014

URC has entered into an agreement with Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to provide research advisory services to DFAT and other Australian Government organizations. With this agreement, URC joins a panel of other organizations and individuals that provide services to the Australian Aid Program.

URC to Lead USAID TRANSFORM IQC
by Christina Zola, Communications Specialist
February 3, 2014

USAID has awarded the Translating Effective Practices from Research, Marketing and Design (TRANSFORM) indefinite quantity contract (IQC) to URC. The TRANSFORM IQC will positively impact USAID health programs, bringing technical advances to the field of health communication and behavior change to Missions around the world.

HealthPRO community play, Tarlac Province, Philippines. Photo by  Igor Dashevskiy
HealthPRO community play, Tarlac Province, Philippines. Photo by Igor Dashevskiy
URC Completes Health Systems Strengthening Project in Nigerian States
by Beth Goodrich, URC Senior Editor; Marni Laverentz, Senior Technical Advisor; and Jessica Ziegler, Knowledge Management Specialist
January 27, 2014

Nigeria’s weak health systems, inadequate health care infrastructure and limited outreach impede efforts to care for the more than 3 million Nigerians living with HIV/AIDS and to prevent more infections. In partial response, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asked URC to provide technical assistance to support health ministry efforts in two states: Enugu, starting in 2008, and Ebonyi, starting in 2011. Combined, these states have seven districts, of which five were targeted, covering 55 public and private health facilities. The initiative sought to expand access to HIV prevention, care and treatment services and to improve those services—as well as services for TB—in the targeted facilities. The five-year HIV/AIDS Comprehensive Care Initiative (HACCI) project closed last year, and its activities and results are summarized here.

Community volunteers join in song at the close of their monthly meeting. Photo by URC Nigeria staff.
Community volunteers join in song at the close of their monthly meeting. Photo by URC Nigeria staff.
USAID Selects URC to Manage Global Early Grade Reading Project
January 6, 2014

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has selected URC to manage a global early grade reading project to support Goal One of USAID’s Education Strategy 2011–2015: improving the reading skills of 100 million primary school children by 2015. The new five-year, $10 million project will support the development of a Primary Grade Reading Community of Practice, the implementation of a research agenda and the piloting of innovations to improve and promote the effectiveness and sustainability of early grade reading interventions at scale.

In Mali, a boy in primary school learns to read. © Global Partnership on Education/Michelle Mesen.
In Mali, a boy in primary school learns to read. © Global Partnership on Education/Michelle Mesen.

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