April 18, 2016
Announcement

The Local Capacity Initiative (LCI) project officially launched the Policy Advocacy Strategic Plan in Bamenda, Cameroon on April 14, 2016.

Twelve-year-old Maijua Wa was admitted to the Lao Friends Hospital for Children (LFHC) for chronic burns from a gas explosion she had sustained five months earlier. In the past several months, Maijua has received intensive medical and wound care from LFHC.

October 20, 2016
General News

On August 4 and 5, 2016, Asia Development with Disabled Persons (ADDP) Japan organized a wheelchair basketball training and demonstration match under the USAID-funded World Education Laos (WEL) TEAM project.

Summary

Advancing Partners & Communities has been an active partner in the Community Health Workers (CHWs) policy revision process, offering ongoing technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) of Sierra Leone.

One of the biggest challenges throughout the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone was a lack of water and sanitation, which led to poor implementation of infection prevention and control (IPC) measures at health facilities. In the post-Ebola context, as the country moves forward with its Health Sector Recovery Plan, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) is a priority.

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Following the Ebola epidemic, Sierra Leone faces challenges to rebuilding its community health system. This infographic helps explain the challenges of delivering community maternal and child health services in a post-Ebola context.

Summary

In Sierra Leone, APC works through a grant from USAID’s “Ebola Response and Preparedness” funds to support the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) implement its 2015–2020 Health Sector Recovery Plan. The project’s goal is to strengthen community-based non-Ebola health services, with emphasis on reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH).

Fatmata, an MCH-aide assumed responsibility for a health post affected by Ebola in Sierra Leone, leaving behind her own community to help one with a greater need.

Brief

At the London Family Planning Summit in 2012, the Government of Uganda committed to providing universal access to family planning and reducing unmet need for family planning from the current 40 percent to 10 percent by 2022. To meet this ambitious goal, all potential means of increasing accessibility to family planning must be explored.

October 06, 2016
Announcement

The Advancing Partners & Communities project welcomed a delegation of Ebola survivors to Washington, D.C. on Monday, October 3, 2016. Led by the Honorable Dr. Sylvia Blyden, Minister of Social Welfare, Gender & Children’s Affairs, Republic of Sierra Leone, the delegation will meet with representatives from JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc. (JSI), the White House, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the National Institute of Health, and more to tell their stories and bring awareness to issues in the aftermath of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

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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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Community-based Access to Injectables in sub-Saharan Africa
March 2017 | Policy
This map illustrates the status of the provision of injectable contraception by community health workers by country in sub-Saharan Africa.
Managing the policy advocacy process: Drug shops’ provision of injectable contraception in Uganda
March 2017 | Case Study
Private drug shops could offer an opportunity to expand access to family planning because they are commonplace in rural areas and support a sustainable commercial market for health products.
Sierra Leone National Community Health Worker Policy 2016-2020
February 2017 | Policy
Advancing Partners & Communities has provided training, technical assistance, and operational support for revising and implementing the MOHS’ CHW Policy. The policy is now a cornerstone of the Presidential Recovery Plan.
Community-Based Family Planning Course
January 2017 | E-Learning
This course from the Global Health eLearning Center orients the learner to the essential elements for designing and implementing successful, sustainable CBFP programs.

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March 27, 2017
APC grantees Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination and Guyana Trans United are advocating to change a discriminatory law against transgender people in Guyana. 
March 27, 2017 to March 30, 2017
Join APC at the Institutionalizing Community Health Conference from March 27, 2017 – March 30, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
March 24, 2017
Translating research into policy and practice was key to the acceptance of CBA2I in Africa.

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A female community leader in Sierra Leone is able to improve water supply to her community's health facility through advocacy and community engagement. 


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Top Photo Credit: Baylor College of Medicine Children's Foundation–Malawi/Robbie Flick (USAID Flickr)