Abt Associates: Bold thinkers driving real-world impact
Abt Associates President and CEO Kathleen Flanagan visited two Abt-led projects in Jordan in late April, seeing first-hand their progress on improving family planning, reproductive health, and maternal and child health.
“Abt has been working in Jordan for more than 15 years — nearly one-third of Abt’s 50-year history,” Flanagan said. “Our team has partnered with USAID and Jordanian health professionals and organizations to build the capacity of both the public and private sector to provide quality health care for all. She added, “Today the Jordanian health system is stronger and the private sector and nongovernmental organizations are more engaged.”
This was Flanagan’s second visit to Jordan as Abt Associates’ top executive.
Abt leads two USAID-funded projects in Jordan: Health Systems Strengthening II and the Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS) project.
“This is a great team and the passion they have for their work is evident each time I see them,” said Beth Paige, USAID Mission Director in Jordan.
Dr. Ali Hiyasat, Jordan’s Minister of Health, said that the work by these projects is collaborative. “We don't feel that we are two teams. When we work together, we are more like one team,” he said.
HSS II supports the public health sector’s efforts to integrate and institutionalize essential systems that support high quality, safe, equitable, and efficient services in family planning, safe motherhood, primary health care, and community health. HSS II builds on work completed by previous USAID-funded projects implemented by Abt: the Primary Health Care Initiative (PHCI) from 1999 to 2005 and the Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) project from 2005 to 2010.
In the last decade HSS II and its predecessor projects have renovated and equipped 25 obstetrics, gynecology, neonatal, and emergency departments in Jordan’s public hospitals. This and other project assistance has contributed to a significant reduction in the maternal mortality ratio, from 41 per 100,000 live births in 1996 to 19 per 100,000 live births in 2008. The neonatal mortality ratio also has been reduced – from 20 1,000 live births down to 14 per 1,000 live births.
SHOPS in Jordan is focused on expanding access, quality, and utilization of family planning services through engagement with the private for-profit and non-profit sectors. SHOPS, which runs from 2010 to 2015, builds on the work of the previous Private Sector Project for Women’s Health, which ran from 2005 to 2010.
SHOPS, for example, is implementing national-scale social marketing campaigns for modern family planning methods, focusing on oral contraceptive pills and intrauterine devices (IUDs). SHOPS most recent IUD campaign is contributing to double digit increases for IUD insertions and generating high recall rates for messages that position the IUD as a long-term reversible contraceptive option.
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