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URC leads new USAID project to improve Haiti's health care system
Date:10/21/2013

delivering products and services. Quality improvement, a field in which URC has globally recognized expertise, generates pride in and ownership of better performance by empowering health providers to make changes and see results. Results-based financing, a pillar of the Ministry's strategy for improved health services, offers financial or non-monetary rewards for achieving more and better service delivery.

"Using these approaches and engaging local partners is vital for fostering country ownership and sustainability long after the project ends, which is the goal," commented URC Country Director Dr. Frantz Simeon, a Haitian medical doctor with a master's in public health and more than 30 years' experience in designing, managing, and evaluating multi-faceted public health programs. Dr. Simeon has managed several successful projects for URC, including a family health project in Benin and an injection safety program in Namibia. He will lead the project in Haiti as Chief of Party.

Haiti has made substantial progress in reconstructing and reorganizing its basic health care services following the devastating earthquake in 2010. Yet, nearly 40% of Haitians lack access to primary health care. Supporting the Ministry's primary health care services and strong referral network will help Haiti recover and rebuild.

URC has 15 years of experience managing programs in Haiti. Through the USAID Health Care Improvement Project (HCI), for example, URC is providing technical assistance to Haiti's Institute of Social Welfare and Research and implementing partners to improve the quality of services offered to vulnerable children and families affected by HIV. The effort is currently helping Haiti develop and pilot minimum care standards for organizations delivering services to these children and families. From 1981󈟋, URC pioneered the development of a practical, systematic approach to operations research on critical issues affecting primary health car
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