October 26, 2018
Article

With help from USAID, APC enabled Liberian Ebola survivors to receive life changing cataract surgery in a program that also contributed to research on the persistence of Ebola virus in the eyes of survivors. This knowledge can help guide future outbreak response and helps us understand how the Ebola virus affects survivors many months after recovery. This complex program was made possible through a unique collaboration of faith-based organizations, universities, non-governmental organizations and government institutions.

October 24, 2018
Article

On Friday, October 19, 2018, USAID Liberia Mission Director, Dr. Anthony Chan, officially turned over to the MOH a modern Infectious Disease Outpatient Clinic situated on the JFK Medical Center compound. The clinic was recently renovated through APC's ETP&SS program. 

Reflections

In Sierra Leone, integrating Clinical Training Officers and Referral Coordinators within the existing health structures of service delivery and management has strengthened their mandate and benefited other categories of vulnerable groups.

August 31, 2018
Blog

Read a blog by APC and APC grantee, ChildFund International, about a successful billboard campaign in Zambia used to help raise awareness around family planning and expanding the method mix. 

August 17, 2018
General News

The APC grantee, Africa Coordinating Center for the Abandonment of FGM/C (ACCAF), is leading the way to elimination of FGM/C and improving health outcomes for women and children in Africa and the Middle East. Hosted at the College of Health Sciences at the University of Nairobi, ACCAF has worked for 15 years with African and global partners to accelerate the process of elimination and to highlight ongoing need for action. 

July 26, 2018
Event

APC held a high-profile closing ceremony for the Guinea-based Ebola Transmission Prevention & Survivor Services (ETP&SS) program on July 26, 2018 at the Hotel Riviera in Conakry. During the half-day event, Minster of Health Édouard Niankoye Lamah thanked the APC project for its efforts aiding Ebola survivors in Guinea and recommended continued follow-up to prevent a future outbreak.

As Guinea’s Ebola survivors recovered from the virus and were discharged from Ebola treatment centers, they faced a new and perhaps even more difficult situation, coming home. The APC project engaged people from 60 communities in the districts most affected by the Ebola outbreak to combat stigma that prevents survivors from reintegrating into their communities and getting the health care they need.

Video

Watch an interview with Guinea’s Director of National Health Security Agency, Dr. Sakoba Keita, discussing his perspectives on their country’s post-Ebola response strategy, including priority actions, benefits, challenges, gaps, best practices, and what could have been done differently.

August 02, 2018
Webinar

The fifth webinar in the Expanding Contraceptive Choice series will be on Vasectomy. The webinar was on Tuesday, August 2, 2018, from 9:00–10:00 A.M. ET.

July 09, 2018
Blog

Written by APC's Abdul Samba Brima, a Sierra Leone native, he speaks to his experiences in a post-Ebola Sierra Leone as well as his work with APC on introducing community healing dialogues (CHDs) to help communities hardest hit by Ebola to address their problems head-on. 

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Fonctionnement de site sentinelle Sa-ceint en Guineé
November 2018 | Reflections
Les guéris signalent les événements de santé par téléphone aux points focaux de la plateforme communautaire. Les guéris d’Ebola âgés de 15 ans et plus fournissent de sperme chaque trois mois au laboratoire pour l’analyse.
Deux années de prévention de la transmission d’Ébola dans la période post-Ébola : utilisation de sites sentinelles pour la surveillance à base communautaire en Guinée
November 2018 | Reflections
Avec le soutien du programme Ebola Transmission Prevention & Survivor Services (ETP&SS) du projet Advancing Partners & Communities (APC) financé par l’USAID, le gouvernement guinéen a conçu et a mis en oeuvre une surveillance à base communautaire dite surveillance active en ceinture utilisant des sites sentinelles pour assurer le suivi des survivants et leurs contacts immédiats pour prévenir une transmission possible de la maladie.
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The Importance of Applying a Comprehensive Approach to Mental Health Interventions in Fragile States
October 2018 | Reflections
Intervening through a comprehensive approach in an under-resourced sector, such as mental health, increases its opportunity of success, as it improves understanding and acceptance of mental health issues at the community level. This intervention has serviced the general population of Sierra Leone and provides a foundation for mental health services for the future.

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December 06, 2018
The sixth webinar in the Expanding Contraceptive Choice series will be on Tubal Ligation. The webinar is on Thursday, December 6, 2018, from 9:00–10:00 A.M. ET.
November 12, 2018 to November 15, 2018
APC plans to attend and present during several sessions at the 5th International Conference on Family Planning this November in Kigali, Rwanda. APC staff and representatives will join others in the family planning community to share best practices, recognize achievements, make renewed commitments to family planning, and chart a course forward. Join us as we contribute, learn, and celebrate this year’s theme, "Investing for a Lifetime of Returns."
October 26, 2018
With help from USAID, APC enabled Liberian Ebola survivors to receive life changing cataract surgery in a program that also contributed to research on the persistence of Ebola virus in the eyes of survivors. This knowledge can help guide future outbreak response and helps us understand how the Ebola virus affects survivors many months after recovery. This complex program was made possible through a unique collaboration of faith-based organizations, universities, non-governmental organizations and government institutions.

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As Guinea’s Ebola survivors recovered from the virus and were discharged from Ebola treatment centers, they faced a new and perhaps even more difficult situation, coming home. The APC project engaged people from 60 communities in the districts most affected by the Ebola outbreak to combat stigma that prevents survivors from reintegrating into their communities and getting the health care they need.


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