Abt Associates: Bold thinkers driving real-world impact
The Abt Associates-led Health Systems 20/20 – USAID’s flagship project for strengthening health systems worldwide – deals with the most important questions about health care as it builds capacity in 50 countries around the world.
Training an adequate supply of doctors, nurses, health technicians and other health care workers has proven difficult in Cote d’Ivoire, especially for rural areas. This need was exacerbated when more than 20 percent of physicians and 25 percent of nurses fled Cote d’Ivoire in 2002 during the country’s political upheavals.
Health Systems 20/20 has been working with the Malian government since 2007 to increase health care access through community-based health insurance (CBHI) plans. Such policies allow members to pay small monthly fees to cover the cost of doctors’ visits and other primary care. But CBHI plans, which have existed in Mali since 1997, often struggled to expand, have been fragile, and have been prone to bankruptcy, despite the fact that 80 percent of Malians have no health insurance.
Egypt’s Health Insurance Organization (HIO) – which provides health coverage to approximately half of all Egyptian people – has significantly increased the quality and efficiency of health care provided with the help of Health Systems 20/20. The project worked with HIO to introduce better medical management practices, which has improved the efficiency and quality of health care in Egypt.
Health clinics across Nigeria are using an electronic data reporting system developed with the help of Health Systems 20/20 to reduce their frequency of TB drug shortages and generally improve their tuberculosis treatment.
Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 international development innovators. The company has multiple offices in the U.S. and program offices in more than 40 countries.