July 18, 2016
Announcement

The Advancing Partners & Communities project in Sierra Leone, with support from USAID, and in collaboration with Save the Children, handed over newly renovated maternal and child health posts (MCHPs) to the Sussex and Tokeh communities on June 30, 2016 and July 5, 2016, respectively.

July 18, 2016 to July 22, 2016
Event

Nicholas Persaud of Advancing Partners & Communities Guyana is presenting an abstract at this year's International Aids Conference in Durban, South Africa.

Project Highlight

In the Dominican Republic (DR), APC project serves populations with the highest HIV prevalence by expanding coverage and improving the quality of HIV-prevention, care, and support services.

Journal Article

To read the full article on emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs), please register with Contraception Journal.

Strategy

Advancing Partners & Communities has drafted a community engagement strategy for adoption and use by all implementing partners in the project’s five districts. In line with the project’s goal of strengthening health services, the strategy focuses on district- and facility-level interventions and emphasizes the role of community health workers (CHWs). The strategy complements other community-based interventions.

April 18, 2016
Blog

The Advancing Partners & Communities (APC) Project tested whether it was possible to use human-centered design (HCD) to bridge the gap between policy-making and implementation in Tanzania. HCD, originally used in private-sector applications, is gaining traction in global health as a way to stimulate problem-solving for social issues.

Brief

In February 2015 APC, implemented by FHI 360 in Uganda, conducted a collaborative site assessment for CBFP programs with the MOH in the three pilot sites, Bulumbi, Buhehe and Buteba. The assessment identified areas for service delivery improvement, which were quantified by the QI monitoring that started in June 2015.

A former worker of the Ghana Railways Authority, Angelina Tormeti is now a HealthKeeper who supports her family by selling family planning and other health products.

Mrs. Patience Gyasi is a licensed chemical seller at the LA Dadekotopon District, in the Greater Accra Region. For the past 25 years, she has devoted her life to providing health care, including family planning services to her community.

Diana Bona, a public health nurse and the regional focal person for adolescent health in the Greater Accra region, is committed to increasing access to adolescent health education in schools within her region.

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Our Mission

Advancing Partners & Communities (APC) advances and supports community programs that seek to improve the overall health of communities and achieve other health-related impacts, especially in relationship to family planning.

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Youth Dashboard

Interactive data dashboard on youth sexual and reproductive health in Asia and the Middle East.

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A snapshot of community health systems in different countries.

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Strengthening NGOs through APC's grant mechanism and capacity building assistance.

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Our Impact

APC works to advance and support community programs that seek to improve the overall health of communities, especially in relationship to family planning (FP). Through global technical leadership and collaboration, APC’s goal is to increase support for and commitment to community-based family planning in USAID priority countries. APC aims to increase access to quality FP services, expand the contraceptive method mix, and improve upon organizations’ capability to manage USAID funds and implement high quality and innovative community-based health programs.

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Community Voices for Policy Development: Applying Human-Centered Design in Tanzania
June 2016 | Video
In 2015, the Government of Tanzania launched a process to design a new community-based health program. To support implementation of the new strategy and program, APC partnered with the JSI-led Community Health Systems Strengthening (CHSS) Project and the firm Matchboxology to pilot a human centered design approach to inform national policy and program development.
Webinar: Vasectomy: What's the Latest?
June 2016 | Webinar
Join EngenderHeatlh for a webinar on the latest information and recommendations on vasectomy and vasectomy reversal procedures and practices Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 9:30am-10:30am. Learn about the data on long-term safety of vasectomy.
Dominican Republic Results: October 2015 to March 2016
June 2016 | Project Highlight
In the Dominican Republic (DR), APC project serves populations with the highest HIV prevalence by expanding coverage and improving the quality of HIV-prevention, care, and support services.
New Website: The inSupply Project
June 2016 | Website
The inSupply website provides an in-depth overview of the project, supply chain-related resources, including the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT Logistics Handbook, and the Quantification of Health Commodities Guide (and the RMNCH Supplement).

Latest News

July 18, 2016 to July 22, 2016
Nicholas Persaud of Advancing Partners & Communities Guyana is presenting an abstract at this year's International Aids Conference in Durban, South Africa.
July 18, 2016
The Advancing Partners & Communities project in Sierra Leone, with support from USAID, and in collaboration with Save the Children, handed over newly renovated maternal and child health posts (MCHPs) to the Sussex and Tokeh communities on June 30, 2016 and July 5, 2016, respectively.
July 08, 2016
In Uganda, APC is working on youth issues through the scale-up of the Gender Roles, Equality, and Transformation (GREAT) project, an assessment of the feasibility and acceptability of interventions to reduce unintended pregnancy among in-school youth, and the use of mobile phone technology for reproductive health for youth.

Success Stories

APC Success Story

HealthKeeper Tormeti introducing some products to clients.
A former worker of the Ghana Railways Authority, Angelina Tormeti is now a HealthKeeper who supports her family by selling family planning and other health products.
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