Isatu Bangura was illiterate when she joined Advancing Partners & Communities' adult literacy program for Ebola survivors in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Now, she can read and write simple sentences and is on the path to self-reliance.

Brief

Since 2015, the Advancing Partners and Communities (APC) project has worked in partnership with the Ugandan Ministry of Health (MOH) to improve the quality of and access to community-based family planning (CBFP) services.

May 02, 2018
Blog

APC's Erchell Tibel discusses challenges and strategies to strengthening the capacity of USAID-funded Haitian organizations.

Under PEPFAR, USAID provides financial support to the Muñoz Clinic through the APC project for the provision of HIV care and treatment for migrant populations, most of who are of Haitian descent and live in very poor communities known as bateyes.

Since October 2016, IDEV has been implementing the WHO-recommended "Treatment for All" policy which involves immediate initiation of ART for individuals newly diagnosed with HIV, regardless of their CD4 cell count.

April 24, 2018
Webinar

The fourth webinar in the Expanding Contraceptive Choice series was on Intrauterine Devices (IUDs). The webinar was on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018, from 9:00–10:00 A.M. EST.

Sorie Samura is a referral coordinator in charge of referrals from peripheral health units and district hospitals across Sierra Leone for all Ebola survivors requiring tertiary care.

A Survivor Advocate helped Ebola survivor Dora Dumbuya access appropriate health services—and ultimately surgery that saved her life.

April 01, 2018 to April 07, 2018
Event

World Health Worker Week is an opportunity to mobilize communities, partners, and policy makers in support of community health workers (CHWs). Advancing Partners and Communities (APC) recognizes and celebrates the life-saving contributions of CHWs around the world. 

Peace Hene hails from the Volta region of Ghana. She has been a volunteer health worker since 2012 and joined HealthKeepers Network about two years ago.

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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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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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Responding to Ebola Survivor Needs Strengthens the Health System in Sierra Leone
September 2018 | 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.
HMIS Ethiopia Infographic
August 2018 | Infographic
The Health Management Infomation system (HMIS) scale-up project in Ethiopia supports the Federal Ministry of Health's (FMOH's) ongoing commitment to Strenthen Evidence-based decision making and health system performance.
End-of-term Review of the 2010-2015 National Family Planning Costed Implementation Plan
August 2018 | Publication
APC performed a review of Tanzania's National Family Planning Costed Implementation Plan (NFPCIP) to analyze challenges, lessons learned, and inform planning for the NFPCIP II.
Increasing Access to Quality, Community-Based Family Planning Services: APC’s Comprehensive Approach in Uganda
August 2018 | Brief
To help ensure that all Ugandans have access to quality, voluntary FP services, USAID’s Advancing Partners and Communities Project (APC) — led by JSI Research & Training Insitute, Inc. and implemented by FHI 360 in Uganda — supports the Ministry of Health (MOH) to implement a comprehensive approach to community-based family planning (CBFP).

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August 31, 2018
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 21, 2018
Advancing Partners & Communities, along with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation’s Comprehensive Program for Ebola Survivors (CPES) Program Implementation Unit (PIU), the Emory Eye Center, JSI Research & Training Institute Inc. (JSI) funded through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Sierra Leone Ebola Association for Ebola Survivors (SLAES) did a follow-up eye care campaign to last year’s National Eye Care.
August 20, 2018
On 25 June 2018, the U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Maria E. Brewer and the Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Alpha Wurie participated in the hand-over ceremony of 19 medicines worth more than $200,000 that will be used to treat the most common medical conditions among EVD Survivors: eye care, mental health and neurology, ear, nose and throat conditions and joint pain. The USAID donation ceremony took place at the University of Sierra Leone Teaching Hospital Complex – Connaught Hospital.

Success Stories

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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Top photo credits (left to right): Puskar Khanal/JSI; Dominic Chavez/World Bank.