August 02, 2018
Webinar

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 09, 2018
Blog

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. 

June 28, 2018
Announcement

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.

Report

In response to USAID’s investment to restore and recover basic essential health services, Advancing Partners & Communities aimed to improve access to and availability of high-quality RMNCH services within primary health care facilities and at the community level in Sierra Leone.

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.

Advancing Partners & Communities supported a post-basic mental health training program at the Phebe Paramedical Training Institute to reduce barriers to mental health care in Liberia. The program has trained 38 mental health clinicians to better understand, screen for, and provide mental health services.

This short story highlights the work that Guinea’s national Ebola survivor network, RENASEG, has accomplished with its 24 member organizations. The network’s vice president, Seny Yvonne Loua, explains what her group has done to help create jobs for Ebola survivors.

Training Guide

Developed by the Government of Sierra Leone, Ministry of Health and Sanitation’s Directorate of Primary Health Care with support from Advancing Partners & Communities, the Facility Management Committee (FMC) Training Manual and Tools promotes the resources needed to empower and support functional, sustainable FMCs. It is a companion document to the FMC Operational Guidelines.

Guide

Developed by the Government of Sierra Leone, Ministry of Health and Sanitation’s Directorate of Primary Health Care with support from Advancing Partners & Communities, the Facility Management Committee (FMC) Operational Guidelines define stakeholder roles and responsibilities in promoting FMC functionality and sustainability, and recommend implementation approaches and tools.

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In the Dominican Republic (DR), HIV-focused civil society organizations (CSOs) developed a platform to expand access to primary health care (PHC), including HIV services, for key and vulnerable populations.

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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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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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