Edson Timothy Mwakanyamale was active in volunteer and administrative economic activities for many years in the Busokelo district before the village elected him to serve as chairperson of the Community Health Fund Users Association (CHFuA) six months ago.

Leah Mwakinyuke always knew she wanted to be a nurse. She worked hard to overcome barriers to achieve her dream.

Mental health is severely underfunded and under-resourced in Sierra Leone. But these challenges have not stopped Sahr and Mohamed from helping to reduce treatment gaps.

Ms. Wongkham Seepanya, a Vientiane-based pediatric physical therapist at the Center for Medical Rehabilitation (CMR), attended a two-month Occupational Therapy Training at Khon Kaen University (KKU), supported by the USAID-funded World Education TEAM Project.

As the only qualified doctor specializing in medical rehabilitation in Lao PDR, Associate Professor Dr. Bouathep Phoumindr is passionate about mentoring the next generation of doctors in physical medicine.

Vieng Xaiyasin, a nurse from Mahosot Hospital attended a training held by World Education Laos, to help support cleft lip and palate surgery patients improve their speech. 

Sengdueane Phommy, or Lah as he is more commonly known, is a physical therapist at the Lao Friends Hospital for Children (LFHC) in Luang Prabang, Laos. Lah has been involved in the care and rehabilitation of many inspiring cases at the hospital.

Antonio, better known as ‘Sir Paul,’ is one of the few openly gay men in his rural community, serving as an advocate for members of the LGBT community in Guyana.

Shane's journey as a peer educator for HIV began after attending an HIV education session in 2008.

For the past 15 years, Elizabeth Mc Almont has worked tirelessly to provide HIV education and other related services to a wide cross-section of persons in Guyana.

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The recently updated CHS Catalog draws from policies and related documentation across 25 countries with specific attention to family planning.

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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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Beyond the crisis: did the Ebola epidemic improve resilience of Liberia’s health system?
November 2017 | Journal Article
Although the Ebola epidemic stimulated some positive adaptations in Liberia’s health system, building a truly resilient health system will require longer-term investments and sustained attention long beyond the crisis.
Program Overview: Capacity Building and Results-Based Financing in Haiti
November 2017 | Summary
In Haiti, APC is responsible for building organizational and staff capacity of Haitian organizations to ensure that grantees implement operational and technical programs in alignment with their USAID award and deliver high-quality services.
Ebola Transmission Prevention & Survivor Services, Sierra Leone
October 2017 | Project Highlight
In Sierra Leone, APC has received USAID Global Health Ebola Team funding to implement the Ebola Transmission Prevention & Survivor Services project in support of the Comprehensive Program for Ebola Survivors (CPES), jointly led by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) and the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs.
HMIS Scale-Up Project Fact Sheet
October 2017 | Fact Sheet
The Advancing Partners & Communities project is implementing a health management information system (HMIS) in Ethiopia through the USAID-funded HMIS/M&E Scale-Up Project, which began in 2009 to help the Federal Ministry of Health and the Southern Nations Nationalities and People’s and Oromia regional health bureaus scale up reformed HMIS and use of data for decision-making.

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December 07, 2017
Please join Advancing Partners & Communities for the second webinar in the Expanding Contraceptive Choice series: Fertility Awareness Methods, on Thursday, December 7th, 2017, from 8:30–9:30 A.M. EST.
November 22, 2017
In October 2017, Advancing Partners & Communities, in conjunction with PEPFAR and other partners convened a meeting with Ministry of Health officials, donors, and civil society members in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to discuss sustainable responses to the national health system.
November 06, 2017 to November 11, 2017
Join Advancing Partners & Communities (APC) at the American Evaluation Association’s annual conference, Evaluation 2017, from November 6-11 in Washington, D.C.

Success Stories

APC Success Story

Doctor Martha Cruz, HIV physician at Hospital Lotes y Servicios, and her patient Richard.

Implementation of Test and START at the six PEPFAR/USAID-supported HIV clinics has reduced the patient treatment initiation window from 30 days in early 2017, to an average of seven days by September, extending the benefits to patients and the health system.


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