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.


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

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.


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.


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.


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.

July 15, 2015

Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) launched their new 'Rights in Action' blog series to commemorate the third anniversary of the London Summit on Family Planning and the creation of FP2020. The blog series celebrates the longstanding work and dedication of their global partners in upholding the principles of rights and empowerment in family planning.

June 25, 2015

The State of the World's Fathers is the first-ever report to provide a global view on the state of men’s contribution to parenting and caregiving around the world.

May 27, 2015

This blog, written by APC Grantee World Vision, discusses the integration of Healthy Timing and Spacing of Pregnancies and Family Planning (HTSP/FP) within a community-based maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) program. 

May 19, 2015

The Evidence to Action (E2A) Project invites you to a special event—“Fact or Fiction: uptake of long-acting reversible contraceptives among Ethiopian youth,” Friday, May 29, 1-2 pm EST.


Photos of doctors and medical workers in three different photos from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

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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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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Voices of Resilience and Recovery: Stories of Survival from Sierra Leone
January 2019 | Project Highlight
This booklet showcases personal stories of change and growth that demonstrate how USAID’s Advancing Partners & Communities project support benefited the people and health system in Sierra Leone.
Tip Sheets: Responding to Funding Opportunities
December 2018 | Training Curriculum
This resource was inspired by a training that FHI 360 conducted for local organizations in Papua New Guinea through the Local Capacity Initiative (LCI). After the training, participating organizations requested that the information be made available in the form of a reference document. Tip Sheets: Responding to Funding Opportunities was born of this request and was based on training materials and input from key stakeholders.
Creating Global Resources for Developing Mobile Family Planning Applications for Community Health Workers
December 2018 | Brief
To align digital solutions that improve family planning service (FP) delivery among community health workers, APC is producing a generic set of resources that FP stakeholders can use as a starting point for developing FP mobile applications. APC is spearheading this effort in collaboration with international and local NGOs, technology firms, donors, and ministries of health.
Photo Journal: Mentorship Increases Confidence in Health Care Workers in Sierra Leone
December 2018 | Photo Gallery
Through the USAID-funded Advancing Partners & Communities project, managed by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., 14 Clinical Training Officers (CTOs) working in 14 districts have received extensive training and on-the-job support to enhance their clinical and mentorship capacities. With these new skills, the 14 CTOs have provided training and mentorship to healthcare workers in 264 Peripheral Health Units across the country.

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