January 19, 2018
Article

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

Journal Article

Advancing Partners & Communities has supported mental health nurses in responding to the mudslide disaster in Sierra Leone.

Project Highlight

In Liberia, the ETP&SS program works to ensure the effective delivery of health care and psychosocial support services in response to survivor needs.

January 08, 2018
Blog

In late September 2017, APC partnered with Samaritan’s Purse, ELWA Hospital, and the National Institutes for Health to bring in cataract surgeons from Emory University and Johns Hopkins University Hospitals to perform cataract surgeries for Ebola survivors in Liberia.

Project Highlight

The USAID-funded Advancing Partners & Communities project provided support to revitalize the Benguima Grassfield maternal and child health post with infrastructure renovations, improved access to water, sanitation, and solar electricity, as well as capacity building of health professionals and community health workers.

Brief

This brief includes background, interventions, and results of APC’s support to the Sierra Leone Association of Ebola Survivors (SLAES). Based on a needs and capacity assessment conducted jointly by APC and PIH in December 2016, the project identified six priority areas for organizational capacity building.

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.

December 21, 2017
Announcement

Advancing Partners & Communities, through its Ebola Transmission Prevention and Survivor Services program, donated medical equipment to several public health facilities in Liberia including, Redemption Hospital, C.H. Rennie Hospital, Phebe Hospital, and Duport Road Health Center, among others.

December 20, 2017
Announcement

Advancing Partners & Communities is excited to announce that our animated video, “Community Health Policy Matters,” is the winner of the advocacy category for the 2018 Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH)-Pulitzer Global Health video competition!

Brief

Advancing Partners & Communities is working to build capacity of the overall public health system in Sierra Leone to provide quality evidence-based mental health services at every level of care, in a compassionate and nondiscriminatory manner.

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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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Mentorship Assessment Tools for Guidance
July 2018 | Assessment Tool
These tools are intended to supplement the above training and be used at health centers where EVD survivors are being treated.
EVD Survivor Clinical Guidelines Training Curriculum and Trainers Guide
July 2018 | Training Curriculum
This is an orientation for frontline health workers on providing appropriate and respectful care for EVD survivors; the curriculum takes three days to complete.
Organizational Capacity Assessment (OCA) Tool in French
July 2018 | Assessment Tool
L'Évaluation de la Capacité Organisationnelle (OCA) est un outil dont le but est d’évaluer la capacité d’une organisation. Il mesure les capabilités dans cinq domaines clés: gouvernance, gestion organisationnelle, gestion du programme, gestion des ressources humaines, et gestion financière.  Le résultat est un plan d’action accordé par tous qui planifie les domaines prioritaires et les actions que l’organisation doit prendre pour adresser les problèmes et les écarts.
Organizational Capacity Assessment (OCA) Tool
July 2018 | Assessment Tool
The Organizational Capacity Assessment (OCA) tool is designed to measure the overall capacity of an organization. It assesses capability in five key areas: governance, organizational management, program management, human resources management, and financial management. The results are compiled into an agreed-upon action plan that maps priority areas and actions that the organization will take to address problems and gaps.

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August 02, 2018
The fifth webinar in the Expanding Contraceptive Choice series will be on Vasectomy. The webinar is on Tuesday, August 2, 2018, from 9:00–10:00 A.M. ET.
July 20, 2018
Representatives from the APC project to attend and present at the 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) from July 23-27 in the Netherlands.
July 13, 2018
As the Ebola outbreak raged, the Government of Liberia and partners introduced new financial incentives to compensate frontline health workers for the severe risks encountered when combatting the disease. To avoid issues with payment, mSTAR worked with the Government of Liberia’s Ministry of Health to build a set of standard operating procedures for payments to health workers through mobile money.

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APC Success Story

Dr. Udofia leading a training on ophthalmic care.

Advancing Partners & Communities selected the Liberia College of Physicians and Surgeons, a graduate medical residency program that supports advanced training for physicians across a range of medical specialties, to independently manage the complex medical and surgical cases of Ebola survivors, as well as to offer specialty care to the general population.


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