Francis Amenuve is a HealthKeeper and a subsistence farmer. He attributes his success in getting people to adopt health-promoting practice with his respect for their choices and their privacy.

Amina Amidu is a smart and hardworking young lady who works with the Kayayei (Head Porters) Youth Association in Agbogbloshie, a suburb of Accra. She joined the HealthKeepers Network after learning about it from the leader of the Youth Association.

Peace Kpodo, a health worker with HealthKeepers Network, provides services including education on family planning; dispelling myths and misconceptions about HIV and AIDS; and promoting and selling family planning commodities.

Believe Semakor is a community health worker who has worked with HealthKeepers Network for almost two years.

March 12, 2018
Announcement

Advancing Partners & Communities (APC) recently conducted research to show that self-injected contraceptives increase the continued use of contraception among women in low-resource settings, where the availability of high-quality contraceptives is limited. The full results of this research have now been published in The Lancet Global Health.

Success Story

Women leaders of survivor organizations in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone are stepping up across the region to address challenges for Ebola survivors, while promoting gender equality in their countries.

Mariatu Conteh received life-saving dialysis under the Free Health Care Initiative with the help of Referral Coordinator Momoh Brima in Sierra Leone.

February 20, 2018
Announcement

JSI Research & Training Institute’s Advancing Partners & Communities (APC) project organized a Quality Improvement (QI) Collaboratives Launch Workshop in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (DR) from January 31 to February 2, 2018.

February 09, 2018
Announcement

On January 30, 2018, Guinea’s National Network of Ebola survivors, Réseau National des Associations de Survivants d’Ebola de Guinée (RENASEG), celebrated the inauguration of its new headquarters in Conakry.

February 07, 2018
Article

In order to support the mental health needs of those affected by the mudslide in Sierra Leone, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and the World Health Organization with funding from the UK Government, JSI and USAID quickly deployed Mental Health Nurses pulled from other parts of the country to provide urgent Psychological First Aid, focusing initially on psychosocial and trauma counselling.

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Building Resilient Health Systems

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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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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