Initiatives Inc. is committed to improving access to quality primary health care for people in underserved communities. We provide technical expertise in organizational development, human resources for health, quality improvement and accreditation, community systems strengthening, and operations research and evaluation. Initiatives strives to provide the highest quality technical assistance, fostering effective partnerships and meeting and exceeding our clients’ expectations, with the ultimate aim of improving the health of the populations they serve.

Spotlight on: Irene Biraro-Seguya, Human Resources Technical Advisor, USAID/SUSTAIN Project

The USAID/SUSTAIN Project which began in June 2010, works to improve HIV/AIDS service delivery in 19 government hospitals. The project assists the MOH with the integration of HIV and AIDS services into the general health services at the hospitals. In her role as the Human Resources (HR) Technical Advisor, Irene provides technical leadership for SUSTAIN’s HR interventions at the supported hospitals. Her work has included appraising the health workforce situation at SUSTAIN-supported facilities, enhancing human resource planning, assessing and implementing strategies to improve employee engagement and strengthening partnerships and coordinating with key stakeholders.

Ms. Biraro-Seguya also led the USAID/SUSTAIN projects’ Human Resource Performance Improvement (HRPI) activity. This sought to improve the hospitals’ HR management practices in utilizing quality improvement approaches to increase the uptake HIV of counseling and testing (HTC) services. This was done by strengthening staff role definition and providing clear task assignments, peer support and team-based feedback and information sharing on indicators, targets and progress.

The HRPI resulted in successes. Mubende and Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospitals (RRHs) improved their achievement of HCT targets from just over 50% to 100% or beyond in just five months. Overall, the HRPI demonstrated that integrating HR improvement strategies QI interventions can assist hospitals to reach performance targets. To read a summary report of the HRPI activities, click here and see Figure 4 below from the report.

Initiatives Names New Shareholders

Recognizing our long-standing and committed employees, Initiatives welcomes Rebecca Furth, Senior Technical Advisor, and Nicole Dupré, Director of Finance and Administration, as shareholders. Becky joined Initiatives as a Technical Advisor in 2001 and Nicole started with Initiatives in 2004 as Office Manager. Over the years, their skill and excellence has contributed significantly to the development and support of Initiatives’ country programs and implementation teams. They will be joining existing shareholders Joyce V. Lyons, President, and Donna Bjerregaard, Senior Technical Advisor. Please join us in congratulating Nicole and Becky!

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