In April 2016, the Government of Sierra Leone launched a post-Ebola recovery plan with USAID support, which involved rehabilitating more than 100 peripheral health units in five priority districts through the Advancing Partners & Communities project.

June 26, 2017
Announcement

Advancing Partners & Communities held a celebration event on June 20, 2017 in Freetown, Sierra Leone to highlight the achievements of USAID’s largest primary health care investment in Sierra Leone.

May 25, 2017

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Video

APC’s Community Health Policy Matters video tells the story of fictional characters Winnie and Mary, and how a fragmented health system affects each woman’s ability to access family planning services in her respective community. This animated video highlights how policy can improve the health system for women.

Clínica de Familia’s HIV clinic in La Romana province of the Dominican Republic is helping gay men like Manuel get tested for HIV.

Since October 2016, Advancing with Partners and Communities has been supporting implementation of Test and START in three provinces of the Dominican Republic. The Centro de Promoción y Solidaridad Humana (CEPROSH) HIV comprehensive care clinic in Puerto Plata is one of the clinics making a difference.

May 02, 2017
Blog

APC's Ebola Transmission Prevention and Survivor Services program is focusing on meeting the medical and psychosocial needs of Ebola survivors in Liberia.

Mykola Ruban an internally displaced person and wheelchair user from Ukraine received support from United Cerebral Palsy Wheels to pursue a new skill and give back to his community.

Toolkit

The purpose of this toolkit is to guide the community engagement process for improved community ownership of peripheral health unit quality and catchment area health outcomes in support of the project’s Community Engagement Implementation Strategy.

Strategy

The purpose of this document is to define a harmonized community engagement implementation strategy that is aligned with: a) national health guidance, strategies, and policies; and b) all implementing partners across the project’s five districts.

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Community Health Systems Catalog

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

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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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Community Health
Systems Catalog

A snapshot of community health systems in different countries.

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APC Grants & Grantees

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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Mental Health Nurses and Disaster Response in Sierra Leone
January 2018 | Journal Article
Advancing Partners & Communities has supported mental health nurses in responding to the mudslide disaster in Sierra Leone.
Ebola Transmission and Prevention Services Program Overview: Liberia
January 2018 | 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.
Sierra Leone Photo Journal: Benguima Grassfield MCHP
January 2018 | 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.
Building Capacity within the Sierra Leone Association of Ebola Survivors
January 2018 | Brief
The Ebola Transmission Prevention and Survivor Services program objective is to help the Sierra Leone Association of Ebola Survivors become an effective, autonomous institution that can serve and advocate for Ebola survivors.

Latest News

January 19, 2018
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.
January 12, 2018
In late September 2017, the USAID-funded Advancing Partners & Communities project partnered with Samaritan’s Purse, ELWA Hospital, and the National Institutes of Health to bring in cataract surgeons, ophthalmologists and lab specialists from Emory University and Johns Hopkins University Hospitals, among others, to perform cataract surgeries for Ebola survivors in Liberia.
January 08, 2018
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.

Success Stories

APC Success Story

Jimaima outside her home in Liberia.

A mother of four and a first-year physician’s assistant trainee at the Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts, Jimaima was interning at the John Yekeh Memorial Clinic in Monrovia when she contracted the Ebola virus disease. Advancing Partners & Communities was critical in helping Jimaima find the necessary care post-Ebola.


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Top photo credits (left to right): Puskar Khanal/JSI; Dominic Chavez/World Bank.