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Abt Associates implemented the five-year, USAID-funded Quality Health Care Project (QHCP) in Central Asia through 2015. This contract continued and expanded the company's transformational work under the “Zdrav” series of projects (ZdravReform, ZdravPlus, and ZdravPlus II), which made significant progress in strengthening health systems and improving the quality of health services in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
Building on these earlier successes, QHCP improved the health of Central Asians by strengthening health care systems and services, particularly in the areas of HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis control, maternal and child health, evidence-based medicine, and rational use of antibiotics. Through an integrated health systems approach, the project assisted governments and communities to more effectively meet the needs of vulnerable populations, increasing utilization of health services and improving health outcomes. The project collaborated closely with national partners to introduce evidence-based approaches, improve the policy environment, empower communities to respond to health needs, and institutionalize monitoring and feedback systems to allow for sustainable improvements in quality of care on the facility level. Lessons learned at the community and facility levels informed policy interventions.
Abt’s team of partners in the project included Project HOPE, AIDS Projects Management Group, and Scientific Technology and Language Institute.
Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research, evaluation 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.