{Photo credit: Megan Montgomery/MSH}Anna Mzeru, an Assistant Nursing Officer at Yombo Dispensary in Bagamoyo, Tanzania, at her dispensary’s HIV care and treatment clinic.Photo credit: Megan Montgomery/MSH

In 2019, to better assess how well health care facilities provide HIV/AIDS treatment, the Technical Support Services Project (TSSP) integrated HIV/AIDS indicators into the Star Rating Assessment (SRA) Tool. The SRA assesses service delivery of health care facilities and rates them on a scale of one to five stars. More stars correspond to better quality service. TSSP also supported the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly, and Children (MoH) in updating and digitizing the SRA tool to prepare for future rounds of health facility assessments, including dispensaries, health centers, and council hospitals.Funded by the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and implemented by Management Sciences for Health (MSH), TSSP worked with the MoH to support and strengthen the SRA tool system. MSH spoke with Salli Mwanasalli, DDS, TSSP Senior Technical Advisor, Quality Assurance and Improvement, and Dr. Talhiya Yahya, Head, Quality Management Subunit in the Health Quality Assurance Unit (HQAU), at MoH, about integrating HIV/AIDS service indicators into the SRA Tool and implementing the Android mobile app in Tanzania’s Coast and Mbeya regions.

 {Crédit photo : Abdougafarou Mamam, Médecin Chef}Le personnel de la maternité de Cobly en train de sensibiliser les femmes enceintes sur les signes de danger lors de la grossesse.Crédit photo : Abdougafarou Mamam, Médecin Chef

Le Bénin est un pays avec une disponibilité de services de santé maternelle, néonatale, et infantile très hétérogène. Le Service Availability and Readiness Assessment de 2018 indique ainsi que le pourcentage d’établissements offrant des services, comme la planification familiale ou les soins préventifs pour les enfants, se situe au-dessus de 70%.

 {Photo credit: Dr. Abdougafarou Mamam, Médecin Chef}Staff members of the maternity providing an awareness session to pregnant women on signs of danger during pregnancy.Photo credit: Dr. Abdougafarou Mamam, Médecin Chef

To read this article in French, please click here.The availability of maternal, newborn, and child health services across Benin varies significantly. While more than 70 percent of health facilities offer family planning and preventive care for children, according to the 2018 Service Availability and Readiness Assessment, only 7 percent provide comprehensive obstetric care.