Abt Associates: Bold thinkers driving real-world impact
Thanks to a major renovation at Jerash Hospital in Jordan, emergency department doctors work with state-of-the-art equipment in a spacious unit that is four times its previous size. They have undergone advanced clinical training to boost their ability to care for patients with cardiac failure, breathing problems, and trauma. And they — and their patients — are safer thanks to new security cameras.
Renovations and health provider training by the Health System Strengthening II project in Jordan has improved the quality of emergency care at multiple hospitals.
The $1.7 million emergency department upgrade unveiled in February is part of the ongoing work of USAID’s Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) II project, led by Abt Associates. In 2005, the predecessor project – also led by Abt – began working with the Ministry of Health and the Royal Medical Services to enhance the quality and responsiveness of Jordan’s public health care system. In 2009, USAID awarded the new HSS II contract to Abt for five more years.
By providing guidance in a range of areas – including medical training, facility upgrades, neonatal care, primary care, and modern family planning and reproductive health services – HSS II advances the government’s goal of improving health care coverage, access, and quality for a fast-growing population. At Jeresh, earlier renovation in the neonatal and obstetrics departments brought a significant drop in newborn deaths and a dramatic increase in family planning services.
The latest hospital renovations “will also help us treat an increasing number of patients and decrease the need of referral to other hospitals in neighboring governorates,” said Dr. Ali Mahasneh, director of Jerash Hospital north of Amman.
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