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.

April 22, 2015

Join WHO/IBP, UNFPA, USAID and the IBP HIPs Task Team for a Series of Webinars around Maximizing FP Investments through Evidence Based Programming.

April 21, 2015

Please join the Evidence to Action (E2A) Project for a Contraceptive Technology Update with Jeff Spieler on Wednesday, April 29 at the E2A office or remotely.

March 05, 2015

Join The Chicago Council and a network of international thought-leaders for a discussion on how an investment in women’s health can lead to a more equitable and prosperous future. The event will also be streamed live. Follow #IWD2015 and #makeithappen on twitter for updates. 

March 05, 2015

These modules provide opportunities for the global health community to learn more about effective in-service training and pre-service education, and about key global health topics including family planning and reproductive health and maternal and newborn health.


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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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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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Renforcement du système de sante communautaire au Bénin
April 2019 | Infographic
Afin d'améliorer la couverture sanitaire, le gouvernement béninois a lancé un ensemble d'interventions sanitaires fondées sur des données factuelles, dénommé PIHI (paquet d'interventions à haut impact), en 2010. À compter de 2012, le projet Avancement des Partenariats et des Communautés (APC) financé par l'USAID a aidé trois organisations non gouvernementales (ONG) et le Ministère de la Santé à introduire cet ensemble de services dans dix zones sanitaires prioritaires de l'USAID par les relais communautaires (RC). Avec l'aide d'APC, les ONG ont formé des RC et ont fourni un soutien et une supervision permanents pour mettre en oeuvre le PIHI dans leurs communautés.
Strengthening Community Health Systems in Benin
April 2019 | Infographic
To improve health, the Government of Benin launched a package of evidence-based health interventions, known as PIHI (paquet d’interventions à haut impact), in 2010. Beginning in 2012, the USAID-funded Advancing Partners & Communities (APC) project helped three non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) introduce this package of services in ten USAID-priority health zones through community health workers (CHWs). With APC assistance, the NGOs trained CHWs and provided ongoing support and supervision to deliver the PIHI in their communities.
Photo Journal: Improving Community Health in Benin
April 2019 | Photo Gallery
Since 2010, community health workers have provided education and services as part of the MOH’s package of basic health services and practices, known as PIHI. Critical to healthy, thriving communities, PIHI services help improve health areas related to malaria; water, sanitation, and hygiene; maternal and child health; nutrition; and family planning.
Community Health Systems Dataset
March 2019 | Publication
The full dataset from which the Community Health Systems Catalog was developed is available here for public use. Please find the codebook, user guide, and original survey tool for additional context.

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April 12, 2019
This issue of the Quality Improvement Collaborative Newsletter tracks the timeline from the conceptualization, launch, and implementation of the QIC model at the PEPFAR-supported clinical sites. This model supports the Government of the Dominican Republic (GODR) expansion of the “Treatment for All” strategy to meet the country’s 90-90-90 treatment target established by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) to achieve control of the HIV epidemic by 2020.
April 11, 2019
As part of the APC work in Liberia, USAID has dedicated a rainwater harvester and wells constructed to supply water to two hospitals in Lofa County. The new wells and water storage system, as well as solar panels to provide energy to the wells, is part of the work to strengthen health services across eight counties in Liberia.
April 09, 2019
APC grantee, WellShare International, is piloting an important contraception initiative in six sub-counties of Iganga and Bugweri Districts, Uganda. In July 2018, 70 village health team members and 12 health workers were trained to teach clients to self-inject subcutaneously administered depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA-SC).

Success Stories

APC Success Story

WellShare International is integrating DMPA SC self-injection in six sub-counties of Iganga and Bugweri Districts, Uganda in the context of a full and informed choice family planning program. Community Health Workers, known as Village Health Team (VHT) members in Uganda, and health workersoffered injectable contraceptives within youth-friendly community-based family planning services.

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