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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.

May 24, 2018
General News

In Guyana, where more than 8,400 people are living with HIV and AIDS, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) play a critical role in the fight against HIV and AIDS. In 2016, NGOs conducted 31 percent of the country’s HIV testing, making them an important partner in the country’s efforts to reduce the rate of transmission. NGOs also provide up to 50 percent of all services for people living with HIV.

When 11-year-old Kadiatu lost her hearing after surviving Ebola, a survivor advocate helped ensure she received appropriate treatment.

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.

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

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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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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
February 2019 | Brief
Ebola survivors are particularly vulnerable to ongoing health, economic, and social challenges. In November 2015, the Government established the Comprehensive Program for Ebola Survivors (CPES) as part of the ‘Resilient Zero’ pillar of the president’s 10–24 month post-Ebola recovery priorities. Survivors were also included in the existing Free Health Care Initiative (FHCI) program, already offered to children under 5 and pregnant and lactating women, which allowed survivors to access public-sector health services without cost.
Ebola Transmission Prevention & Survivor Services, Liberia: Endline Ebola Survivor Assessment (August 2018)
January 2019 | Assessment
The assessments confirmed that survivors have sought primary treatment from health facilities when they first get sick, with more than 90 percent of both baseline and endline respondents reporting that they had received treatment at a health facility within the past six months (92.3 and 91.7 percent, respectively).
Programme de Prévention de la Transmission d’Ebola et de Renforcement des Services pour les Guéris d’Ebola en Guinée: Rapport de l'Enquete de Finale sur les Gueriz d'Ebola (Juin, 2018)
January 2019 | Assessment
Le programme ETP&SS vise à atteindre l’objectif de réduire le risque de nouvelles flambées d’Ebola en Guinée en appuyant le programme national de SA-Ceint. Il faut souligner ici que l’objectif principal de la SA-Ceint est de minimiser le risque de la résurgence de la maladie à virus Ebola à travers la surveillance active en ceinture des guéris d'Ebola soutenue par les communautés locales dans lesquelles vivent les guéris d’Ebola.
Programme de Prévention de la Transmission d’Ebola et de Renforcement des Services pour les Guéris d’Ebola en Guinée: Rapport de l'Enquete de Base sur les Gueriz d'Ebola (Aout, 2017)
January 2019 | Report
L’épidémie de la maladie à virus Ebola qui a frappé la Guinée en 2014-2015 a été une crise qui avait gravement menacé le système de santé et l’économie du pays. Cette épidémie a été à la base de l’émergence de plusieurs problèmes médicaux, psychosociaux, socio-économiques et professionnels dans le pays.

Latest News

December 27, 2018
2018 brought a year’s worth of successes for APC across our work in family planning, HIV, the post-Ebola response, and community health around the world. Continue on to see our work in action throughout the year.
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 29, 2018
The Anglican Church of Uganda helps protect the health of mothers and children by educating communities on family planning and providing family planning care in its clinics in Uganda. Watch a video by APC grantee CCIH showcasing local reverends discussing their views on family planning.

Success Stories

APC Success Story

Photo of M ’mah Condé

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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