University Research Co. (URC) Wins $75m Iraq Contract

University Research Co., LLC (URC) has been awarded a $74,855,589, four-year contract from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide support to the Iraqi Ministry of Health (MoH) to support the Ministry’s strategic plan to achieve better quality primary health care.
URC will manage this project together with Management Systems Internationaland Sallyport, in partnership with the Iraqi MoH.
Intended to have national scope, the project will target a minimum of 360 main primary care centers (health clinics) and implement activities at the central, provincial, and clinical levels. The project will strengthen health systems and build capacity of MoH human resources with an emphasis on delivering primary health services at clinics.
Dr. Bushra Abbasi, USAID Iraq Primary Health Care Project Chief of Party, said: “Thanks to USAID for supporting this project, which will partner with the Iraqi Ministry of Health to improve the overburdened, under-staffed primary health care system in Iraq. This project aims to assist Iraq to strengthen health services essential to the Iraqi people.”

Dr. Abbasi is a medical doctor with over 25 years of experience, the last five devoted to the Iraq MOH through USAID-funded projects. A native Arabic speaker, she has worked in the Arab world, especially on issues related to improving healthcare systems.
The USAID Iraq Primary Health Care Project will use evidence-based health quality improvementapproaches adapted to the Iraqi context. Focusing on achieving rapid, tangible, measurable improvements in the quality of primary health care services in partnership with communities, the project will:

• increase the limited number of female nurses and doctors available for women’s health care services,
• improve professional training for other health care providers (especially nurses), and
• foster a team approach to management and clinical care.

The project will focus on the following results:

(1) Strengthening systems and processes that support clinical care,
(2) Improving delivery of quality primary care according to evidence-based standards, and
(3) Expanding effective community partnerships for primary health care.

Barbara Turner: “With our worldwide experience in assisting governments adapt quality improvement approaches to strengthen health systems, URC is well positioned to support the Ministry of Health in their strategic plans for improving primary health care services for the Iraqi people.”

The World Health Organization defines primary health care as “essential health care made accessible at a cost a country and community can afford, with methods that are practical, scientifically sound and socially acceptable.” In Iraq, most health care is delivered through government hospitals and community level health care clinics.

About URC

URC, which celebrated its 45th anniversary last year, is a global company dedicated to improving the quality of health care, social services, and health education worldwide. With our non-profit affiliate, the Center for Human Services (CHS), URC manages projects in over 30 countries including the United States. Based in Bethesda, Maryland, URC has about 700 employees around the world.

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