On 25 June 2018, the U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Maria E. Brewer and the Minister of Health and Sanitation, Dr. Alpha Wurie participated in the hand-over ceremony of 19 medicines worth more than $200,000 that will be used to treat the most common medical conditions among EVD Survivors: eye care, mental health and neurology, ear, nose and throat conditions and joint pain. The USAID donation ceremony took place at the University of Sierra Leone Teaching Hospital Complex – Connaught Hospital.
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The APC grantee, Africa Coordinating Center for the Abandonment of FGM/C (ACCAF), is leading the way to elimination of FGM/C and improving health outcomes for women and children in Africa and the Middle East. Hosted at the College of Health Sciences at the University of Nairobi, ACCAF has worked for 15 years with African and global partners to accelerate the process of elimination and to highlight ongoing need for action.
The fifth webinar in the Expanding Contraceptive Choice series will be on Vasectomy. The webinar was on Tuesday, August 2, 2018, from 9:00–10:00 A.M. ET.
APC held a high-profile closing ceremony for the Guinea-based Ebola Transmission Prevention & Survivor Services (ETP&SS) program on July 26, 2018 at the Hotel Riviera in Conakry. During the half-day event, Minster of Health Édouard Niankoye Lamah thanked the APC project for its efforts aiding Ebola survivors in Guinea and recommended continued follow-up to prevent a future outbreak.
Representatives from the APC project to attend and present at the 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) from July 23-27 in the Netherlands.
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.
Written by APC's Abdul Samba Brima, a Sierra Leone native, he speaks to his experiences in a post-Ebola Sierra Leone as well as his work with APC on introducing community healing dialogues (CHDs) to help communities hardest hit by Ebola to address their problems head-on.
On Thursday, June 28, 2018, the USAID-funded Advancing Partners & Communities (APC) project, through the Ebola Transmission Prevention and Survivor Services (ETP&SS) hosted a national learning conference for partners and stakeholders at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Monrovia.
Watch captivating videos and read more about the work APC is doing in Liberia to strengthen the health system and give hope to Ebola survivors.
The Ministry of Health with local stakeholders and international organizations presented the draft State Social Contracting (SSC) program to collect feedback and recommendations from all involved in its development.
On May 14, 2018, APC participated in a forum, hosted by USAID/Guinea in collaboration with the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, on improving Guinea’s resilience through sustainable development.
In Guyana, where more than 8,400 people are living with HIV and AIDS, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) play a critical role in the fight against HIV and AIDS. In 2016, NGOs conducted 31 percent of the country’s HIV testing, making them an important partner in the country’s efforts to reduce the rate of transmission. NGOs also provide up to 50 percent of all services for people living with HIV.
Advancing Partners & Communities and Partners in Health organized a course on foundational financial management training for members of the Sierra Leone Association of Ebola Survivors, helping to build the organization's capacity to become fully autonomous.
APC's Erchell Tibel discusses challenges and strategies to strengthening the capacity of USAID-funded Haitian organizations.
The fourth webinar in the Expanding Contraceptive Choice series was on Intrauterine Devices (IUDs). The webinar was on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018, from 9:00–10:00 A.M. EST.
USAID, through the APC project, is helping the Government of Liberia to rehabilitate health services and provide services for Ebola survivors. All of this is being done with an eye toward long-term sustainability and enabling the health system to make continued improvements on its own.
World Health Worker Week is an opportunity to mobilize communities, partners, and policy makers in support of community health workers (CHWs). Advancing Partners and Communities (APC) recognizes and celebrates the life-saving contributions of CHWs around the world.
Through APC's support, nurses, registered midwives and physician assistants from the four counties hardest hit by Ebola completed a six-month intensive training program on mental health.
JSI Research & Training Institute, through the Advancing Partners & Communities project, and the World Health Organization dedicated a refurbished and well equipped medical laboratory at the Tellewoyan Memorial Hospital in Liberia.
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.