COVID-19 Vaccination Program in Review: Ghana

As MOMENTUM Routine Immunization Transformation and Equity’s COVID-19 vaccination program in Ghana comes to an end, this report looks back on the successes, challenges, and lessons learned that the project had in reaching underserved and priority populations, strengthening health systems management, and improving the health workforce. To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccination program in Ghana, which was conducted from June 2021 to June 2023, download this country program in review.

Source: USAID - MOMENTUM

Date of Publication: May 23, 2024

Prevention against Emerging Infectious Diseases: An opportunity for Inclusive Health 

The resource is a comprehensive report by Handicap International – Humanity & Inclusion (HI) on their intervention in Somalia/Somaliland to promote the inclusion and rights of persons with disabilities, focusing on their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It outlines a study conducted in collaboration with WHO to understand the perceptions and barriers to COVID-19 vaccination among persons with disabilities in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps. The study employed a mixed-methods approach using WHO’s behavioral and social drivers (BeSD) tools and provided both quantitative and qualitative data on the factors influencing vaccination. Key findings highlight the association of age, gender, and disability type with perceptions and motivations for vaccination, leading to recommendations for enhancing inclusive health services and advocating for better access and participation for persons with disabilities.

Source: Handicap International - Humanity & Inclusion (HI)

Date of Publication: May 23, 2024

COVID-19 Vaccination Program in Review: Mali

As MOMENTUM Routine Immunization Transformation and Equity’s COVID-19 vaccination program in Mali comes to an end, this report looks back on the successes, challenges, and lessons learned that the project had in reaching underserved and priority populations and strengthening the health system. Download this report to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccination program in Mali, which was conducted from June 2022 to November 2023.

Source: MOMENTUM

Date of Publication: May 8, 2024

Breakthrough ACTION Guyana – Evaluation Report

The Breakthrough ACTION Guyana Report is the result of collaborative efforts between Breakthrough ACTION Guyana, the Guyana National Malaria Program, Vector Control Services, and a local research firm, The Consultancy Group.

Breakthrough ACTION implemented innovative evidence and theory-based social and behavior change interventions to achieve two sets of intermediate results: (1) the development and implementation of targeted, innovative, and effective solutions to high-priority social and behavioral challenges, and (2) increased SBC coordination and collaboration at national and subnational levels.

Overall, this evaluation report shows positive results supporting the implementation of multilevel interventions for malaria elimination by including innovative SBC interventions promoting malaria prevention, testing, and treatment.

Source: Johns Hopkins Center of Communication Programs

Date of Publication: April 16, 2024

Outcome Harvesting Evaluation of Social and Behavior Change Activities Focused on Zoonotic Diseases

This report shares results from an evaluation of the success of Breakthrough ACTION Guinea’s activities in priority zoonotic diseases, including COVID-19 and Ebola.

The findings, obtained using the outcome harvesting methodology, involved collecting evidence of project outcomes from program documentation and identifying ways in which the project contributed to these changes. This process uncovered intended and unintended outcomes, which were externally verified to confirm the link between project activities and specific results. The findings underscore the value of Breakthrough ACTION Guinea’s efforts and its substantial impact since its inception in 2018.

This resource is available in English and French.


Évaluation de la récolte des résultats sur le changement social et de comportement axé sur les maladies zoonotiques

Ce rapport partage les résultats d’une évaluation du succès des activités de Breakthrough ACTION Guinée dans les maladies zoonotiques prioritaires, y compris COVID-19 et Ebola.

Les résultats, obtenus à l’aide de la méthode de récolte des résultats, ont consisté à collecter des preuves des résultats du projet à partir de la documentation du programme et à identifier les façons dont le projet a contribué à ces changements. Ce processus a permis de découvrir les changements voulus et non voulus, qui ont fait l’objet d’une vérification externe afin de confirmer le lien entre les activités du projet et les résultats spécifiques. Les résultats soulignent la valeur des efforts de Breakthrough ACTION Guinée et son impact substantiel depuis son lancement en 2018.

Cette ressource est disponible en anglais et en français.

Source: Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs - Breakthrough ACTION

Date of Publication: March 28, 2024

Respectful Maternity Care Charter: Universal Rights of Women and Newborns

This updated charter further clarifies and clearly articulates the rights of women and newborns in the context of maternity care provided within a healthcare facility. It specifically delineates how human rights are implicated in the context of pregnancy and childbirth and affirms the basic inalienable rights of women and newborns. Many of these rights are well established in international law and have been interpreted and applied to issues arising during pregnancy, childbirth, and the care provided immediately after birth. These rights are articulated in separate human rights conventions and to affirm their application in the context of pregnancy and childbirth, it is important to compile them in one document that focuses on this period.

The social media toolkit for the promotion of the updated Respectful Maternity Care Charter can be found here.

Last modified: February 19, 2024

Language: English

Source: Healthy Newborn Network

Year of Publication: 2019

Improving Metrics and Methods for Assessing Experience of Care Among Children and Caregivers in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

There is a growing recognition of the importance of conceptualizing and measuring young children’s and their families’ experience of care in health facilities in low- and middle-income countries. This landscape review considers the importance of pediatric experience of care (PEoC) and related frameworks, metrics, and tools. Following the development of this framework, MOMENTUM Knowledge Accelerator carried out a qualitative study soliciting expert feedback on the proposed framework. The accompanying technical brief summarizes the study’s findings.

Last modified: February 5, 2024

Language: English

Source: USAID MOMENTUM

Year of Publication: 2023

What is Patient Experience?

Understanding patient experience is a key step in moving toward patient-centered care. This resource provides a definition of patient experience, shows its difference to patient satisfaction and how it is measured.

Patient experience encompasses the range of interactions that patients have with the healthcare system, including their care from health plans, and from doctors, nurses, and staff in hospitals, physician practices, and other healthcare facilities. As an integral component of healthcare quality, patient experience includes several aspects of healthcare delivery that patients value highly when they seek and receive care, such as getting timely appointments, easy access to information, and good communication with healthcare providers.

Last modified: February 5, 2024

Language: English

Source: AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

Year of Publication: 2016

Operationalizing Health & Education Coordination

This report commissioned by the Child Health Task Force presents recommendations for operationalizing school health and education that surfaced through interviews with USAID Africa Bureau Missions. It addresses the question: How do countries, practitioners, and development partners bridge the gap between knowing ‘what to do’ and ‘how to do it’ when it comes to school health?

The report was authored by Linda Schultz and Luke Shors and jointly financed by the USAID Bureau for Africa Office of Sustainable Development and JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (Secretariat of the Child Health Task Force).

Last modified: January 30, 2024

Language: English

Source: Child Health Task Force

Year of Publication: 2021

Methods, Tools, and Metrics for Evaluating Market Food Environments in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

With the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Resilience and Food Security, USAID Advancing Nutrition conducted a series of activities to identify assessments (methods, tools, and metrics) suitable for food environments in LMICs. This report presents findings from three activities—a landscape assessment, a ranking exercise, and a survey—that led to a priority list of methods, tools, and metrics for evaluating informal and formal market food environments in LMICs. The report links to a Supplementary Table of the methods, tools, and metrics reviewed.

Last modified: January 2, 2024

Language: English

Source: USAID Advancing Nutrition

Year of Publication: 2021