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.

February 05, 2018

This rapid assessment was conducted in Guyana to gather information on the programmatic and capacity needs of the non-governmental organisations supported through APC to implement services for key populations as well as the structural challenges faced by these NGOs.

Project Highlight

In Guinea, the ETP&SS program works to implement the Ministry of Health’s national plan for survivors to mitigate the risk of resurgence of the Ebola virus, support clinical care, and reduce stigma and other barriers for survivors to access needed health care.

Project Highlight

Sorie Samura is one of less than 70 health workers who contracted EVD and survived. He is now back in active service working as a Referral Coordinator for King’s Sierra Leone Partnership (KSLP) at Connaught Hospital in Freetown, the largest government hospital in Sierra Leone.

February 15, 2018
Webinar

Advancing Partners & Communities conducted a webinar on Hormonal Injectables, on Thursday, February 15th, 2018. View the webinar recording and presentations.

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Responding to Ebola Survivor Needs Strengthens the Health System in Sierra Leone
February 2019 | Brief
Ebola survivors are particularly vulnerable to ongoing health, economic, and social challenges. In November 2015, the Government established the Comprehensive Program for Ebola Survivors (CPES) as part of the ‘Resilient Zero’ pillar of the president’s 10–24 month post-Ebola recovery priorities. Survivors were also included in the existing Free Health Care Initiative (FHCI) program, already offered to children under 5 and pregnant and lactating women, which allowed survivors to access public-sector health services without cost.
Ebola Transmission Prevention & Survivor Services, Liberia: Endline Ebola Survivor Assessment (August 2018)
January 2019 | Assessment
The assessments confirmed that survivors have sought primary treatment from health facilities when they first get sick, with more than 90 percent of both baseline and endline respondents reporting that they had received treatment at a health facility within the past six months (92.3 and 91.7 percent, respectively).
Programme de Prévention de la Transmission d’Ebola et de Renforcement des Services pour les Guéris d’Ebola en Guinée: Rapport de l'Enquete de Finale sur les Gueriz d'Ebola (Juin, 2018)
January 2019 | Assessment
Le programme ETP&SS vise à atteindre l’objectif de réduire le risque de nouvelles flambées d’Ebola en Guinée en appuyant le programme national de SA-Ceint. Il faut souligner ici que l’objectif principal de la SA-Ceint est de minimiser le risque de la résurgence de la maladie à virus Ebola à travers la surveillance active en ceinture des guéris d'Ebola soutenue par les communautés locales dans lesquelles vivent les guéris d’Ebola.
Programme de Prévention de la Transmission d’Ebola et de Renforcement des Services pour les Guéris d’Ebola en Guinée: Rapport de l'Enquete de Base sur les Gueriz d'Ebola (Aout, 2017)
January 2019 | Report
L’épidémie de la maladie à virus Ebola qui a frappé la Guinée en 2014-2015 a été une crise qui avait gravement menacé le système de santé et l’économie du pays. Cette épidémie a été à la base de l’émergence de plusieurs problèmes médicaux, psychosociaux, socio-économiques et professionnels dans le pays.

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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.

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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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