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who we are

The Regional Centre for Quality of Healthcare (RCQHC), an affiliate of Makerere University School of Public Health dedicates itself to improve quality of healthcare in Africa. RCQHC delivers on this mandate through networking, building strategic partnerships, education and training, technical support to countries, advocacy, documentation and dissemination of best practices as well as intervention linked research. These are primarily conducted through focus technical areas namely; i) Infectious Diseases namely TB and HIV/AIDS ii) Family Planning and Reproductive Health iii) Maternal Health and iv) Child Health and Nutrition.


    What we do  

This area supports the promotion, implementation and scaling up of effective programs delivering high impact interventions that prevent or reduce illness and deaths among newborns, infants and children.

Specifically, the unit has been working with Ministries of Health and professional health associations in the region to build human resource capacity in maternal and newborn care; using innovative approaches to strengthen dissemination of key childhood illness polices and guidelines to health workers and institutionalizing Quality Improvement in pre-service medical education and in-service training.

Our activities include

  • Promotion, dissemination, replication and implementation of evidence based best practices for prevention, treatment and management of childhood illnesses, strengthening essential newborn care as well as maternal and child nutrition.
  • Developing training curricular, guidelines and related support materials for technical as well as performance improvement aspects in child health and nutrition.
  • Training health care providers at facility and community levels in child health and nutrition.
  • Provision of technical assistance to strengthen child health and nutrition service delivery.
  • Conducting operational/intervention linked research in child health and nutrition aspects.
  • Supporting advocacy efforts for improved child health and nutrition services.


RCQHC believes, it is a right for every woman, girl, man and boy as individuals or as Communities to live healthy and productive lives. RCQHC works to ensure that health systems have sustainable human resource capacities to maintain Quality of Care in services delivery to people served. Through Reproductive Health Technical Area, RCQHC innovates, develops and promotes strategies that lead to reproductive health quality of care improvement in Africa through

Our activities include:

  • Promoting, disseminating, replicating and implementing best practice approaches to improve quality of care in Reproductive Health.
  • Development of training curricular for health human resource capacity building for both pre-service and in-service, service providers.
  • Training of Human resources for health in knowledge and skills that improve quality of care and service in reproductive health and family planning.
  • Conducting intervention linked research aimed at addressing questions in reproductive health such as, reproductive health for young people, preventing postpartum hemorrhage, mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS and malaria in pregnancy and generating evidence of effectiveness of interventions in reproductive health.
  • Providing reproductive health technical assistance to institutions and organizations in quality of care in reproductive health.
  • Supporting and providing skill to in-country reproductive health stakeholders and leaders in advocacy for improved reproductive health care.
  • Integrating the latest quality of care research into reproductive health services and use of ICT /mobile technologies.
  • Working with complementary human resources for such as journalist, health administrators and community health workers to improve skills in quality of their work in Health.
  • We work with a rich team of experts in reproductive health from Africa and the world over to bring forward the latest useable knowledge and skill in Reproductive Health to individuals, communities, institutions, CSOs, NGOs, Ministries of Health and Governments, Regional and International Organizations. Key to our strategy is planning with and developing beneficiary led responses to reproductive health service needs and challenges in communities and institutions to better their reproductive health lives especially in resource limited settings. Our main focus areas are Family Planning, Fistula Care, Gender Based Violence, Maternal Health, and Adolescent Health.

About half of all people in need of treatment for HIV do not receive it, and more than 2 million people are newly infected each year. For patients receiving care and treatment, the struggle to consistently deliver high quality care, to each patient still exists for many providers. To continue expanding quality treatment and prevention, it is imperative to strengthen implementation of programs using quality improvement approaches. RCQHC HIV/AIDS program area hopes to see the scale up of best practices about QI and M&E for HIV prevention services for clinicians, HIV care facilities, community-based HIV prevention programs, health departments, and HIV prevention planning groups.

Our activities aimed at this include

  • Conducting quality improvement activities for HIV/AIDS in collaboration with the Ministries of Health of Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi and Uganda.
  • Supporting countries to identify innovative solutions to HIV/AIDS service delivery bottlenecks and bring these solutions to scale.
  • Providing technical capacity to HIV/AIDS service providers and policy makers to facilitate the translation of strategic and operational quality priorities into effective improvement actions.
  • Identifying quality gaps in HIV/AIDS service provision and building capacity to solve these gaps

The area supports activities that strengthen the response to Millennium Development Goal six Target 6 C (MDG 6 Target 6C). MDG 6 Target 6C is to have halted by 2015 and began to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases such as tuberculosis. The area does this through building regional capacity to facilitate effective implementation of the Stop Tuberculosis strategy in Eastern, Southern and Central Africa

Our activities include:

  • Course development focusing on quality improvement of implementation of the Stop Tuberculosis strategy in collaboration with WHO Afro, STOP TB partnership, Regional and country implementing Partners and National TB programs.
  • Expansion of a pool of experts in implementing quality TB programs
  • Documentation and dissemination of information on TB and TB/HIV best practices
  • Production of quality improvement tools for TB programs
  • Facilitating information exchange in the region through networking
  • Conducting quality improvement activities for TB prevention and control in collaboration with the Ministries of Health of Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi and Uganda
  • Quality improvement/ Collaborative training for personnel implementing TB prevention and control activities
  • Implementation research to generate evidence based quality TB care interventions
  • Participation in sub-regional and Inter-country partner activities