Brief

Improving Sexual and Reproductive Health of Young People: A Strategic Planning Guide from High Impact Practices (HIP) is intended to lead program managers, palnners, and decision-makers through a strategic process to identify the most effective and efficient investments for improving the sexual and reproductive health of young people.

Brief

This new brief from High Impact Practices (HIP) focuses on the elements of AFCS that are typically implemented within a service delivery setting. It describes how mainstreaming AFCS can address key challenges for contraceptive programs, discusses the existing evidence of adolescent-friendly elements, outlines key issues for planning and implementation, and identifies knowledge gaps.

Brief

This brief by Family Planning High Impact Practices defines common leadership and management traits and provides an overview of how strong leadership and management can improve family planning programs.

October 15, 2015
Announcement

This video from Measure Evaluation tells a powerful story of how a simple innovation in a paper-based patient tracking system helped improve the health of mothers, newborns, and communities.

This video from Measure Evaluation tells a powerful story of how a simple innovation in a paper-based patient tracking system helped improve the health of mothers, newborns, and communities.

Strategy

The new Global Strategy aims to achieve the highest attainable standard of health for all women, children and adolescents, transform the future and ensure that every newborn, mother and child not only survives, but thrives.

October 15, 2015
Blog

To understand where, when, and what health services are provided within a health system, quality data must be available. In a country as large as Ethiopia—with 94 million people—developing and implementing systems for capturing quality data can be a daunting task, but when done well can improve how decisions are made, from national budgeting down to health facility outreach planning.

Report

In 2014, USAID programs showed great progress, from improving newborn and maternal health to protecting communities from infectious diseases, in rural areas and cities, reaching people with the greatest need.

Report

This report published by WHO is part of the process for improving the quality of care in family planning. It presents current WHO guidance on the safety of various contraceptive methods for use in the context of specific health conditions and characteristics.

Report

USAID’s Office of Health Systems (OHS) released a major new report, which for the first time presents a significant body of evidence linking health systems strengthening interventions to measurable impacts on health outcomes.

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

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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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Youth Dashboard

Interactive data dashboard on youth sexual and reproductive health in Asia and the Middle East.

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A snapshot of community health systems in different countries.

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Strengthening NGOs through APC's grant mechanism and capacity building assistance.

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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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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.
Interview with Dr. Kwame Oneill, Manager of the Health System Strengthening Program in Sierra Leone
September 2018 | Video
Watch an interview with Dr. Kwame Oneill, Manager of the Health System Strengthening Program in the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation discussing his perspectives on their country's post-Ebola response strategy.
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.

Latest News

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."
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.

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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