June 28, 2018
Announcement

On Thursday, June 28, 2018, the USAID-funded Advancing Partners & Communities (APC) project, through the Ebola Transmission Prevention and Survivor Services (ETP&SS) hosted a national learning conference for partners and stakeholders at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Monrovia.

Report

In response to USAID’s investment to restore and recover basic essential health services, Advancing Partners & Communities aimed to improve access to and availability of high-quality RMNCH services within primary health care facilities and at the community level in Sierra Leone.

Advancing Partners & Communities selected the Liberia College of Physicians and Surgeons, a graduate medical residency program that supports advanced training for physicians across a range of medical specialties, to independently manage the complex medical and surgical cases of Ebola survivors, as well as to offer specialty care to the general population.

Advancing Partners & Communities supported a post-basic mental health training program at the Phebe Paramedical Training Institute to reduce barriers to mental health care in Liberia. The program has trained 38 mental health clinicians to better understand, screen for, and provide mental health services.

This short story highlights the work that Guinea’s national Ebola survivor network, RENASEG, has accomplished with its 24 member organizations. The network’s vice president, Seny Yvonne Loua, explains what her group has done to help create jobs for Ebola survivors.

Training Guide

Developed by the Government of Sierra Leone, Ministry of Health and Sanitation’s Directorate of Primary Health Care with support from Advancing Partners & Communities, the Facility Management Committee (FMC) Training Manual and Tools promotes the resources needed to empower and support functional, sustainable FMCs. It is a companion document to the FMC Operational Guidelines.

Guide

Developed by the Government of Sierra Leone, Ministry of Health and Sanitation’s Directorate of Primary Health Care with support from Advancing Partners & Communities, the Facility Management Committee (FMC) Operational Guidelines define stakeholder roles and responsibilities in promoting FMC functionality and sustainability, and recommend implementation approaches and tools.

Brief

In the Dominican Republic (DR), HIV-focused civil society organizations (CSOs) developed a platform to expand access to primary health care (PHC), including HIV services, for key and vulnerable populations.

May 30, 2018
Announcement

The Ministry of Health with local stakeholders and international organizations presented the draft State Social Contracting (SSC) program to collect feedback and recommendations from all involved in its development.

May 25, 2018
Announcement

On May 14, 2018, APC participated in a forum, hosted by USAID/Guinea in collaboration with the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, on improving Guinea’s resilience through sustainable development.

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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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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.
Key Facts from WHO on Family Planning and Contraception
Learn more from WHO about the benefits of family planning, who provides family planning & contraceptives, and the different contraceptive methods. 
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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APC Success Story

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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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