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Are you working on implementing CBA2I programs? Check out an implementation handbook developed by FHI 360, which is a step-by-step guide for introducing injectable contraceptives into an existing community-based distribution program. Along with three additional resources, a community health workers job aid booklet, a counseling tool, and a user guide that APC contributed to which are tools that can be adapted for country-specific needs.

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APC's Sustaining Health Facility Improvements (SHFI) program in Sierra Leone aims to engage communities, health service providers, and district authorities in building better systems, structures, and processes for conducting maintenance and preventive maintenance of health facilities by mobilizing community and government resources to fund it. This booklet provides stories of the work the FMCs and their communities have done, as they devote their time, resources, and energy to maintaining and improving their community PHUs.

July 10, 2019
Blog

A local organization in Ghana called Hen Mpoano received a grant from APC to address barriers to health service access. Hen Mpoano trained 34 members of local conservation committees, savings and loans groups, and fishery management committees in 10 of these communities on key health messages and practices, such as handwashing, birth spacing, and correct use of insecticide-treated nets. These champions serve as resources for their families and neighbors when community health officers are not there.

Brief

Effective and sustainable health interventions are coordinated, multifaceted, and multisectoral, and leverage the resources and expertise of the public, faith-based, and private health sectors. This is especially the case with family planning activities, for which partnerships across health and non-health sectors have great potential to create demand for and improve delivery of family planning services.

Brief

APC in Uganda aims to ensure that all Ugandans have access to high-quality, voluntary family planning services. Over the last five years, APC Uganda’s activities have increasingly focused on improving the capacity of Ugandan religious leaders to convey family planning information to their congregations—including youth—and communities while ensuring that faith-based health facilities are equipped with family planning products and knowledgeable staff.

Brief

Community-based family planning (CBFP) is a high-impact practice for extending reproductive services to women, especially those who live in hard-to-reach places. Condoms, oral contraceptive pills, injectable contraceptives, and even self-injection are provided by community health workers through family planning programs. Yet many of these programs do not include emergency contraceptive pills. APC grantee WellShare International started researching why a method with no medical contraindications was excluded from the CBFP method mix in Uganda.

July 24, 2019
Webinar

Join APC grantee Christian Connections for International Health (CCIH) for a webinar to talk about practical tools to inform communities in language they can understand of the variety of choices they have to time and space pregnancies. The webinar will explore how you can use these tools in your community-based programs or develop your own for the areas where you work. They’ll also look at how to develop, test, and translate tools that work for communities, and explore an example of a training curriculum developed for Islamic leaders. These lessons are applicable not just for family planning, but for all community-based programs.

July 03, 2019
Blog

APC sub-grantee Motivation has been working with APC grantee World Vision to share their expertise in wheelchair service provision with their community networks. This blog explores the training programmes and how they will help even more disabled people in Kenya, Malawi and Tanzania.

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In Madagascar, through APC and the USAID Community Capacity for Health (Mahefa Miaraka) programs, work was done in several communities to showcase population, health, and environment methods and practices. This short film takes you to the village of Ambilo located near the forest corridor of Fandriana Vondrozo, along the southeastern part of the island.

June 11, 2019
Event

The USAID-funded AIDSFree Project and the APC Health Management Information System (HMIS) Scale-Up Project held an event in Ethiopia to highlight their achievements in supporting digitization of Ethiopia’s health sector, which supports the Federal Ministry of Health’s (FMOH) Information Revolution agenda.

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Community Health Worker Provision of Injectable Contraception: An Implementation Handbook and Job Aids
July 2019 | Job Aid
Are you working on implementing CBA2I programs? Check out an implementation handbook developed by FHI 360, which is a step-by-step guide for introducing injectable contraceptives into an existing community-based distribution program. Along with three additional resources, a community health workers job aid booklet, a counseling tool, and a user guide that APC contributed to which are tools that can be adapted for country-specific needs.
Photo Journal - Community Engagement, Stories Of Change: Sustaining Health Facility Improvements Program
July 2019 | Photo Gallery
APC's Sustaining Health Facility Improvements (SHFI) program in Sierra Leone aims to engage communities, health service providers, and district authorities in building better systems, structures, and processes for conducting maintenance and preventive maintenance of health facilities by mobilizing community and government resources to fund it. This booklet provides stories of the work the FMCs and their communities have done, as they devote their time, resources, and energy to maintaining and improving their community PHUs.
Strengthening Multisectoral Approaches to Increase Access to High-Quality Family Planning Services in Uganda
July 2019 | Brief
Effective and sustainable health interventions are coordinated, multifaceted, and multisectoral, and leverage the resources and expertise of the public, faith-based, and private health sectors. This is especially the case with family planning activities, for which partnerships across health and non-health sectors have great potential to create demand for and improve delivery of family planning services.
Working with the Faith-Based Community to Increase Access to High-Quality Family Planning Services in Uganda
July 2019 | Brief
APC in Uganda aims to ensure that all Ugandans have access to high-quality, voluntary family planning services. Over the last five years, APC Uganda’s activities have increasingly focused on improving the capacity of Ugandan religious leaders to convey family planning information to their congregations—including youth—and communities while ensuring that faith-based health facilities are equipped with family planning products and knowledgeable staff.

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July 24, 2019
Join APC grantee Christian Connections for International Health (CCIH) for a webinar to talk about practical tools to inform communities in language they can understand of the variety of choices they have to time and space pregnancies. The webinar will explore how you can use these tools in your community-based programs or develop your own for the areas where you work. They’ll also look at how to develop, test, and translate tools that work for communities, and explore an example of a training curriculum developed for Islamic leaders. These lessons are applicable not just for family planning, but for all community-based programs.
July 10, 2019
A local organization in Ghana called Hen Mpoano received a grant from APC to address barriers to health service access. Hen Mpoano trained 34 members of local conservation committees, savings and loans groups, and fishery management committees in 10 of these communities on key health messages and practices, such as handwashing, birth spacing, and correct use of insecticide-treated nets. These champions serve as resources for their families and neighbors when community health officers are not there.
July 03, 2019
APC sub-grantee Motivation has been working with APC grantee World Vision to share their expertise in wheelchair service provision with their community networks. This blog explores the training programmes and how they will help even more disabled people in Kenya, Malawi and Tanzania.

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Photo of Mayor Bio Sounon Bouco in Benin

Mr. Bio Sounon Bouco, who has been mayor of Tchaourou since 2008, understands that investing in health programming is critical to his district’s prosperity. Until the USAID-funded Advancing Partners & Communities (APC) project, however, he did not realize the importance of community-based health strategies or how he could support them.


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