The USAID SQALE Community Health Services Program is a partnership between Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, LVCT Health and the University Research Company. We work closely with the Kenyan Ministry of Health, through the Community Health and Development Unit (CHDU).
Together, our partnership combines scientific excellence in implementation research for community health with quality improvement approaches to build local capacity and strengthen community engagement. Collectively our team has substantial global experience in strengthening national policies and community health systems with unique insights and experience in how to integrate Community Health Worker programming into routine service delivery.
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine was founded in 1898 in the UK to conduct research into tropical medicine. They work across the world and have extensive links with UN organizations, health ministries, NGOs and research institutions. Their focus is on diseases of poverty and health system strengthening.
LVCT Health is an indigenous Kenyan non-governmental and not-for-profit organization established in 2001. They use research, capacity improvement and policy reforms in order to support equitable HIV and sexual and reproductive health services that reach the most vulnerable. They provide integrated HIV services through development of new modes of delivery that are scaled up to national models. They also carry out sexual and reproductive health research: translating their research to policy and practice; providing evidence for HIV policy reforms and service delivery; and developing capacities of indigenous organizations in building sustainable human resources for community. Their offices are in Nairobi, Western Region, Eastern and Central Region and Rift Valley.
For 50 years, URC has sought to combine the idealism of academic research with the pragmatism necessary in the real world. Their expertise centers on maternal, newborn, and child health; HIV/AIDS; tuberculosis; malaria; reproductive health and family planning; food and nutrition; and vulnerable children and families. They approach the challenges rising from these health areas through quality improvement, health systems strengthening, health communication and behavior change, and research and evaluation.