USAID Integrated Health Program
Role: Independent Evaluator, as member for the Data for Impact Consortium
Donor: United States Agency for International Development
The purpose of United States Agency for International Development’s Integrated Health Program (USAID IHP), which is being implemented by Abt Associates, is to strengthen the capacity of Congolese institutions and communities to deliver quality, integrated health services to sustainably improve the health status of the Congolese population. The project focuses on the following specific health, population, and nutrition areas: maternal health; neonatal, infant, and child health; tuberculosis; malaria; child nutrition; water, sanitation, and hygiene; and family planning.
- Strengthen health systems, governance, and leadership at the provincial, health zone, and facility levels in target health zones;
- Increase access to quality, integrated health services in target health zones;
- Increase adoption of healthy behaviors, including use of health services, in target health zones.
USAID IHP works in nine contextually diverse provinces in the regions of Eastern Congo, Katanga, and Kasai and includes a wide array of interventions.
Data for Impact, of which Tulane is a member, is conducting an independent third-party evaluation of the performance and impact of USAID IHP on key health systems-related outcomes: the uptake of family planning and health care services; health systems functioning (i.e., improved disease surveillance, the availability of essential commodities, and health worker motivation); and the practice of key healthy behaviors. This mixed-methods evaluation utilizes data from the DRC’s routine health information system, USAID IHP project data, primary data collected through surveys of health facilities and health workers, and data from interviews, focus groups, and observations of clinical care.