The HEALTHQUAL model focuses on strengthening and improving health systems with the goal of creating self-sufficient local quality management programs that are sustainable over time. Quality improvement activities involve clinic staff and consumers with support from Ministry of Health leadership. These structural features are designed to endure even with staff turnover, organizational leadership changes or political transitions.
HIVQUAL International was launched in Thailand in 2003, quickly expanding globally to PEPFAR focus countries in Africa, the Caribbean, and South America. The HIVQUAL model has been successfully adapted by ministries of health and implemented by country teams throughout these regions. In 2010, HIVQUAL International transitioned to HEALTHQUAL, a programmatic development reflecting our expanded focus on a public health approach to quality management, including and extending beyond HIV care, to encompass other chronic and infectious diseases. The methodology between HIVQUAL and HEALTHQUAL is identical, with HEALTHQUAL characterized by a broader focus on population health to strengthen overall quality of care across national health systems.
For more information about HEALTHQUAL, please visit us on the web at www.healthqual.org.