Annual Program Report 2004 - American International Health Alliance

Annual Program Report 2004 - American International Health Alliance



“AIHA programs are

valuable not only for

promoting changes in

the NIS healthcare

infrastructure, but also

for fundamentally

changing the thinking

of the people involved

in the programs, who

are enriched with the

knowledge and

resources needed for

successful reforms.”

– US Ambassador to

Ukraine John Herbst

Improving access to quality healthcare services – from primary to tertiary levels

– is a cornerstone of AIHA programs. AIHA and its partners have helped

to establish models of healthcare, introduce new or improved services and

strengthen the human and organizational capacity to deliver quality care.

Program focus areas including family medicine nursing, women’s wellness,

hospital management, emergency medicine and breast health have made substantial

contributions to improving standards of healthcare across Eurasia.

Primary Healthcare

(Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo,

Russia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine)

Primary care has been the central focus of partnerships since 1999 in

response to priorities in the targeted countries to transform healthcare

delivery from specialized services to a patient- and family-centered primary

care approach. During 2004, 22

USAID-funded primary healthcare

(PHC) partnerships graduated and

four were initiated or remained

active. The graduated partnerships

have left a legacy of model clinics

and trained providers offering new

or improved services to hundreds of

thousands throughout the nine

Eurasian countries.


The Lezha/Pittsburgh partnership

graduated in March after opening

the Lezha Town Health Center the

previous month. The Center, a

model primary healthcare clinic for

the country, serves 86,000 people

and provides women’s and children’s

consultations, family planning,

obstetrical care, laboratory services,

Primary care partners focus on providing a

wide range of diagnostic, treatment and

prevention services to ensure the well-being

of patients of all ages.

Photo: Kathryn Utan

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