April 12, 2019
Newsletter

This issue of the Quality Improvement Collaborative Newsletter tracks the timeline from the conceptualization, launch, and implementation of the QIC model at the PEPFAR-supported clinical sites. This model supports the Government of the Dominican Republic (GODR) expansion of the “Treatment for All” strategy to meet the country’s 90-90-90 treatment target established by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) to achieve control of the HIV epidemic by 2020.

April 11, 2019
Article

As part of the APC work in Liberia, USAID has dedicated a rainwater harvester and wells constructed to supply water to two hospitals in Lofa County. The new wells and water storage system, as well as solar panels to provide energy to the wells, is part of the work to strengthen health services across eight counties in Liberia.

April 09, 2019
Blog

APC grantee, WellShare International, is piloting an important contraception initiative in six sub-counties of Iganga and Bugweri Districts, Uganda. In July 2018, 70 village health team members and 12 health workers were trained to teach clients to self-inject subcutaneously administered depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA-SC).

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To improve health, the Government of Benin launched a package of evidence-based health interventions, known as PIHI (paquet d’interventions à haut impact), in 2010. APC helped three NGOs and the Ministry of Health introduce this package of services in ten USAID-priority health zones through community health workers. With APC assistance, the NGOs trained CHWs and provided ongoing support and supervision to deliver the PIHI in their communities.

Publication

The full dataset from which the Community Health Systems Catalog was developed is available here for public use. Please find the codebook, user guide, and original survey tool for additional context.

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This framework maps out a community service delivery system for family planning within a supportive political, socio-cultural environment. It highlights inputs, stakeholders, and other elements to consider when developing and strengthening community-based FP programs.

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La Republique du Benin est confrontee a des taux eleves de mortalite maternelle, neonatale et infantile et a un foible taux d'utilisation de la contraception moderne. En 2013, le gouvernement du Benin s'est engage a ameliorer la sante reproductive et a elargir l'acces aux services.

WellShare International is integrating DMPA SC self-injection in six sub-counties of Iganga and Bugweri Districts, Uganda in the context of a full and informed choice family planning program. Community Health Workers, known as Village Health Team (VHT) members in Uganda, and health workersoffered injectable contraceptives within youth-friendly community-based family planning services.

Project Highlight

APC's GBV programming in Iraq focuses on creating spaces within facilities to provide services and linking them to communities and homes where women and men can feel more comfortable sharing their need for support. Community mobilizers are trained on how to make referrals, identify cases, conduct safety audits, and develop community mobilization strategies before they are deployed to the community to talk about how to prevent GBV.

Project Highlight

APC’s GBV project in Guyana multiplies the effects of PEPFAR investments by integrating GBV prevention and response into existing HIV prevention, care, and treatment programs in community-based organizations and health services. This includes supporting and developing national guidelines, strengthening coordination across sectors, and building the capacity of and linkages between clinics and community-based services in GBV prevention.

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Building Resilient Health Systems in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone

Watch captivating videos and read about the work APC is doing in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone to strengthen the health system and give hope to Ebola survivors.

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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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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Introduction of Community-Based Provision of Subcutaneous Depot Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (DMPA-SC) in Benin: Programmatic Results
June 2019 | Journal Article
Read the journal article in Global Health: Science and Practice journal by APC/Benin staff about community health workers and facility-based health care providers who were trained to administer DMPA-SC safely and effectively in 10 health zones.
Reaching Underserved Women with Voluntary Family Planning
May 2019 | Project Highlight
Since 2012, the APC project has provided global leadership and support to 22 countries to overcome barriers to accessing voluntary family planning by strengthening community-based service delivery systems. APC’s community-based FP achievements are rooted in tailored, flexible approaches to meet the range and diversity of challenges across and within countries.
Country Program in Review: Benin
May 2019 | Report
Between September 2012 and April 2019, APC supported community health programs in Benin, primarily in 10 USAID priority health zones and at the national level. The project focused on three main areas: 1) helping Benin reach its community health goals; 2) expanding and strengthening the country’s package of key health services and practices; and 3) institutionalizing and expanding community-based family planning.
Accomplissements du projet APC Bénin
May 2019 | Fact Sheet
Entre septembre 2012 et avril 2019, le projet APC financé par l’USAID et mis en oeuvre par JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. et FHI 360, en partenariat avec le Ministère de la Santé du Bénin, a renforcé le système de santé communautaire dans le pays. APC a travaillé dans 10 zones sanitaires prioritaires de l’USAID, ainsi qu’au niveau national, pour améliorer la prestation des services et les interventions à haut impact (PIHI) dans les communautés et élargir la planification familiale à base communautaire. 

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June 10, 2019
After nearly seven years in partnership with the Beninese government to strengthen community health systems and advance policies to support family planning, the APC project closing event on Thursday, May 23, was a time to showcase its successes and share challenges and lessons.
June 06, 2019
Join APC during the Women Deliver 2019 Conference to talk about effective ways to engage men and boys in improving family planning outcomes. The event will be co-hosted by the Fertility Awareness for Community Transformation (FACT) Project, the Inter-agency Gender Working Group (IGWG) Male Engagement Task Force, and the Edna Adan Hospital University and Foundation.
June 03, 2019
Join experts from from some of the last decade’s largest and most impactful family planning programs, including APC's Liz Creel, to discover what works. We'll dig into four areas that have increased contraceptive prevalence, prevented maternal deaths, and accelerated progress toward achieving FP2020 targets, universal health coverage, and the sustainable development goals.

Success Stories

APC Success Story

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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