Report

The 2014 Female Community Health Volunteer (FCHV) survey provides a comprehensive assessment of the FCHV program in Nepal. The document reports the findings of a national-level quantitative survey of FCHVs and from complementary qualitative interviews with key national, district level, and community stakeholders. The results are intended to increase understanding of the current status of the FCHV program and reflect on stakeholder perceptions of program experience and performance.

January 12, 2016
Announcement

Nana Kofi Akorlegah, a Health Keeper from Shama, Ghana shares his experience as a Health Worker.

At 9 years old, Lulia was involved in a terrible accident that put her in a wheelchair. With the help of Motivation Romania Foundation (MRF) services and its Peer Group Training (PGT), Lulia was able to gain the confidence to get her life back on track.

When five-year-old Shelby was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, World Vision's ACCESS (Accelerating Core Competencies for Effective Wheelchair Services and Support) program helped her find the perfect wheelchair, enabling Shelby and her mother to continue living their life in the community.

December 07, 2015
Article

Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) and the USAID – Advancing Partners and Communities (APC) Guyana Project has began hosting critical conversations to ensuring that barriers to attaining the highest standards of physical, sexual and mental health of all Guyanese are removed. This recent “Lunch Talk” focused on the barriers Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people face in accessing services for Intimate Partner Violence (IPV).

December 03, 2015
Event

On Friday, November 4, The Advancing Partners & Communities (APC) project is hosting a dissemination meeting to present to key partners the findings and recommendations from an assessment of the health and social needs of trans persons in the Dominican Republic. The assessment was carried out in collaboration with the Center for Integrated Training and Research (COIN) with academic support from the Iberoamericana University (UNIBE), and the active participation of community-based organizations representing trans communities in the Dominican Republic.

The meeting will include work group sessions to encourage partners to use the assessment findings and begin planning follow up activities. Approximately 75 representatives from government, civil society, and donor agencies are expected to attend the event.

Join us as we work to integrate the needs of trans people into the national agenda.

December 03, 2015
Blog

Advancing Partners & Communities's Aysa Saleh-Ramirez considers the profound psychosocial barriers faced by transgender people in seeking and receiving HIV testing, prevention, treatment, and other basic health services.

Tashana Legall was born to a low income family in Guyana and lost both her parents to HIV/AIDS. In 2007, Tashana enrolled in a program for children orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV (HKID) at Comforting Hearts. The organization was a source of psychological, nutritional, spiritual and academic support to Tashana for several years. The continued nurturance and support from the staff at CH enabled Tashana to progress at school.

Gillian, a visually impaired 41-year-old, found out that she was HIV-positive when her family insisted that she go to the doctor because she was losing weight at a rapid rate. For 3 years she shut herself away from her family and friends, never disclosing her status to anyone. One day she decided to tell a classmate who happened to be a social worker at Lifeline Counselling Services (LCS) and enrolled Gillian in a People Living with HIV (PLHIV) and AIDS support group at LCS.

November 19, 2015
Announcement

The votes are in for USAID Learning Lab’s Collaborating, Learning and Adapting case competition! Advancing Partners and Communities’ story about social inclusion of transgender (trans) persons in the Dominican Republic (DR) is the Fan Favorite winner! Inclusion, Not Exclusion follows the story of Valentina, a trans woman living in the DR, as she overcomes stigma and discrimination to advocate for the equal rights of trans persons in her country.

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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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Community-based Access to Injectables in sub-Saharan Africa
March 2017 | Policy
This map illustrates the status of the provision of injectable contraception by community health workers by country in sub-Saharan Africa.
Managing the policy advocacy process: Drug shops’ provision of injectable contraception in Uganda
March 2017 | Case Study
Private drug shops could offer an opportunity to expand access to family planning because they are commonplace in rural areas and support a sustainable commercial market for health products.
Sierra Leone National Community Health Worker Policy 2016-2020
February 2017 | Policy
Advancing Partners & Communities has provided training, technical assistance, and operational support for revising and implementing the MOHS’ CHW Policy. The policy is now a cornerstone of the Presidential Recovery Plan.
Community-Based Family Planning Course
January 2017 | E-Learning
This course from the Global Health eLearning Center orients the learner to the essential elements for designing and implementing successful, sustainable CBFP programs.

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March 27, 2017
APC grantees Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination and Guyana Trans United are advocating to change a discriminatory law against transgender people in Guyana. 
March 27, 2017 to March 30, 2017
Join APC at the Institutionalizing Community Health Conference from March 27, 2017 – March 30, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
March 24, 2017
Translating research into policy and practice was key to the acceptance of CBA2I in Africa.

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A female community leader in Sierra Leone is able to improve water supply to her community's health facility through advocacy and community engagement. 


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