Abt Associates: Bold thinkers driving real-world impact
International Women’s Day, observed March 8, celebrates women’s rights and accomplishments. Abt Associates works each day to improve the health and economic wellbeing of women worldwide. Here are just a few examples of our work:
In the Dominican Republic, Abt is implementing the USAID-funded Maternal & Child Centers of Excellence project in partnership with the Ministry of Health. The project was established to improve the quality of and access to maternal and child health services with improvements in pre-natal, obstetric, and neonatal care, as well as updating health information system and client care services. In response in part to these efforts, the nationwide number of maternal deaths in 2011 shows a marked decline compared to 2010 – from 201 to 168 deaths (a 16.4 percent decrease), while in the 10 hospitals supported by the project the number of maternal deaths decreased by almost half (-49.2 percent) during the same period.
Read more about the project.
The USAID-funded Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS) project, led by Abt Associates, has many activities focused on improving women’s access to high quality, affordable family planning and reproductive health services.
Read more about SHOPS activities.
Abt’s USAID-funded Integrated Food Security Project in Bolivia began building energy-efficient stoves and kitchens to help reduce the impact of climate change and reduce deforestation by promoting adaptation measures. The ecological stoves help women like Crucinda Ventura keep her family safe. “When I cooked with the old stove, my children were sick more often and would get the flu more easily because they were not as strong. Now their eyes don’t hurt and they don’t cough as much,” she says.
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When Soraya Peguero tells people she works on a mango farm, they expect her to be a picker not the manager. But manage it she does, and quite successfully thanks to the training she has received in the Dominican Republic from Abt Associates’ USAID-funded Rural Economic Diversification project (RED).
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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.