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This issue of Connect offers insights about the postelection crisis in Côte d’Ivoire and its impact on EngenderHealth’s work integrating HIV and AIDS services with family planning in the country. Also in this issue:

  • Will women’s reproductive health face a setback in the new Congress?
  • UN Women sets new agenda
  • Silver Ribbon Campaign rallies support for reproductive rights
  • New publications and resources
  • Career opportunities


Global Perspectives

Global Perspectives

EngenderHealth President Visits Ethiopian President, Health Minister

During a recent visit to Ethiopia, EngenderHealth President Pamela W. Barnes met with President Girma Wolde-Giorgis, as well as with Minister of Health Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (pictured).

Leadership Crisis in Côte d’Ivoire Hampers Efforts to Improve Health Services
The political standoff between presidential candidates Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara has significantly disrupted efforts to provide health care, including EngenderHealth's work to integrate HIV and AIDS services with family planning. Read more.

Head of UN Women Unveils 100-Day Action Plan
On January 24, Executive Director Michelle Bachelet held an inaugural meeting of UN Women, a new entity aimed at enhancing gender equality and women’s empowerment. Bachelet set forth a 100-Day “Action Plan” that defines the organization’s five thematic priorities:

  1. Expanding women’s leadership and participation;
  2. Ending violence against women;
  3. Strengthening women’s role in the peace and security agenda;
  4. Enhancing economic opportunities for women; and
  5. Prioritizing gender equality in all plans and budgets.


Policy Updates

Congress Pushing Legislation to Challenge Women’s Reproductive Rights

Organizations across the country are rallying together to counteract congressional efforts to impose new restrictions on women’s reproductive health. Several actions already taken by the new Congress, including a bill to restrict federal funding for abortion coverage, suggest that Americans’ rights to essential health services may be at risk. Read more and write to your representatives.


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"Moving from Treatment to Prevention"

EngenderHealth welcomes Dr. Catherine Hamlin and Mark Bennett, Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital (AAFH), to our offices on Thursday, February 10. Please join us from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for their presentation, "Moving from Treatment to Prevention: AAFH Past and Plans for the Future."

RSVP by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 9. For more information, please call 212-561-8036.

Spread the Word about the Silver Ribbon Campaign
Marking the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, EngenderHealth joins more than 30 organizations in launching a Silver Ribbon Campaign to garner support for women’s health and rights. In the wake of a newly reconstituted Congress that is challenging health insurance coverage for abortion and family planning services, the campaign seeks to demonstrate the strength of support for reproductive rights. These efforts will stretch through “Trust Women Month” (January 22 to February 22). Among the goals of the campaign is support for free access to birth control under the health care reform law.

U.S. Teenage Birthrates Have Fallen to a Record Low
Birthrates for U.S. teenagers (ages 15–19) have hit an all-time low, at 39.1 births per 1,000 in 2009, according to a recent study (PDF, 419KB) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Teenage births have been on the decline since 2001, aside from a two-year rise between 2005 and 2007. In spite of the downward trend, however, teenage birthrates remain high across many U.S. states, including Texas, where EngenderHealth has launched a teenage pregnancy prevention project, Gender Matters. The five-year program addresses the impact of gender norms on sexual behavior among both adolescent boys and girls in Austin, Texas, where teenage pregnancy exceeds the state average.


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Global Perspectives
EngenderHealth co-launched a special blog series on obstetric fistula, a debilitating but preventable condition affecting millions of women worldwide. Hosted by RH Reality Check, the series seeks to raise awareness of the progress and challenges in addressing fistula. Also, learn more about the EngenderHealth-led Fistula Care project.

In a January 2011 feature, The Ethiopian Herald showcased the progress made by EngenderHealth, in partnership with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health, to expand access to family planning and improve health services in Ethiopia.

Addis Zemen, an Ethiopian newspaper, highlighted the partnership between Addis Ababa University and EngenderHealth in improving reproductive health for women and families in Ethiopia.

On January 19, the Global Health Council published a guest blog by EngenderHealth’s Medical Director, Dr. Roy Jacobstein, on the recent reports of Implanon failures in Great Britain.

The Guardian, a Nigerian newspaper, mentioned the role of the Fistula Care project as key to spreading awareness in Nigeria.

At Medscape.com, the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth explained how “task-shifting” can boost the chances that pregnant women will receive skilled birth support.

The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases published a January 25 guest blog by the Maternal Health Task Force on the parallels between maternal health and tropical diseases.

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COPE for Male Circumcision Services (PDF, 1.3MB) is the latest in EngenderHealth’s series of COPE toolbooks, which offer guidance to health professionals on providing quality health care. This toolbook, which addresses male circumcision services, should be used in conjunction with the COPE® Handbook: A Process for Improving Quality in Health Services, Revised Edition (2003).

Maternal Health

Community-Based Distribution of Misoprostol for the Prevention of Postpartum Hemorrhage: Evaluation of a Pilot Intervention in Tangail District, Bangladesh (PDF, 2.4 MB) is a December 2010 technical report on a pilot misoprostol distribution effort by the RESPOND Project and Mayer Hashi, a project led by EngenderHealth’s Bangladesh Country Office.

Informed Consent in Fistula Care (PDF, 607 KB) is a practical guide for health professionals on receiving informed consent for fistula care and surgeries .

Family Planning

Reality √: A Planning and Advocacy Tool for Strengthening Family Planning Programs (Version 2) is an easy-to-use, Excel-based tool that generates data to enhance evidence-based advocacy and strategic planning to strengthen family planning programs.

Family Planning for Women and Couples Following Fistula Care (PDF, 949 KB) provides information about family planning methods that couples can use following a woman's fistula repair surgery.

Community Health Information Cards: Taking Action for Our Health (PDF, 3.1 MB) is a set of cue cards that counselors can use during efforts to increase awareness in Kenya about family planning and postabortion care services and encourage community action to address these problems.

The No Scalpel Vasectomy (NSV) Leaflet (PDF, 2.2 MB) is a resource that explains the procedure and encourages families in India to consider NSV as a method of family planning (Hindi).

Using Quantification to Support Introduction and Expansion of Long-Acting and Permanent Methods of Contraception is a technical brief on promoting demand for and increasing access to long-acting and permanent methods of family planning by the DELIVER and RESPOND Projects.



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