I’ve just returned from Dhaka, Bangladesh, where I witnessed lifesaving work for mothers and newborns. There, I met Samira—who, like most women in the country, delivered all of her babies at home. After her third delivery, she developed postpartum hemorrhage, which is the leading cause of maternal death worldwide. Luckily, Samira got the care she needed from EngenderHealth-trained experts, who recognized and treated this life-threatening condition and saved her life.
Samira represents one of many pictures of progress happening across the world that you can read about in our new Annual Report. Our achievements, combined with the expertise, creativity, and commitment of EngenderHealth staff, affirms my belief that we are making a positive impact on the health and well-being of women, men, and families around the world—every day.
Pamela W. Barnes
President and Chief Executive Officer
UN Population Forecast Underscores Need for International Family Planning
The United Nations estimates (PDF, 97KB) that the global population will reach 10.1 billion by the end of the century, exceeding initial forecasts. Some of the greatest increases are expected in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, the report states. The estimate renews concerns about food and water scarcity and puts a spotlight on family planning. In response to an article published in The New York Times, EngenderHealth President Pamela W. Barnes wrote a letter to the editor on the importance of engaging men to improve women’s reproductive health, including access to family planning.
New UN Report Calls for Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health
At the World Health Assembly in Geneva last month, the United Nations Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health issued a final report with 10 recommendations (PDF, 594KB) for holding countries and organizations accountable on commitments made to women’s and children’s health. The report, Keeping Promises, Measuring Results (PDF, 820KB), also seeks to improve how maternal and child health resources are spent and to track progress.
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Early HIV Treatment Reduces HIV Transmission
Early treatment for people living with HIV can sharply reduce their risk of transmitting the virus to their partners, according to preliminary results of a new study. Antiretroviral (ARV) treatment reduced HIV transmission by 96% for those who started the drug regimen before showing symptoms of AIDS. The results represent a major breakthrough, not only for slowing the spread of the virus, but also for reducing stigma and discrimination, among the primary barriers to accessing HIV treatment, care, and prevention. Many people still avoid getting tested because of the stigma and discrimination attached to HIV. But with concrete steps they can take to protect their partners, more people may be willing to be tested or to discuss their status with their partners and families.
New Network Fights HIV Stigma
A new web site, the Stigma Action Network (SAN), serves as an information clearinghouse for experts working to reduce HIV-related stigma and discrimination. The network supports a global alliance of practitioners, researchers, advocates, people living with HIV, and donors by providing a one-stop shop for sharing and exchanging information about best practices, knowledge, resources, and research. The SAN steering committee includes EngenderHealth, Colectivo Sol, the Futures Group, The Communication Hub, and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance Africa Regional Programme. The International Center for Research on Women serves as SAN’s technical secretariat. Read more.
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Global Health Council Summit (June 13–17)
At the Global Health Council’s international annual conference in Washington, D.C., EngenderHealth will hold a workshop on June 13, highlighting the Supply–Enabling Environment–Demand (SEED™) Programming Model, our comprehensive approach to achieving sexual and reproductive health. We will also host an evening reception, “EngenderHealth: Celebrating the SEEDs of Success,” on June 14 to celebrate the launch of our SEED programming model and another great year for EngenderHealth. If you would like to attend either the workshop or reception, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
International AIDS Society Conference (July 17–20)
EngenderHealth will participate in the 2011 International AIDS Society conference, the largest open scientific meeting on HIV and AIDS. Held in Rome, the conference will focus on HIV pathogenesis, treatment, and prevention and aims to convert theory into practice while building a body of evidence for successful HIV programming. Jared Nyanchoka, EngenderHealth Technical Advisor, will present “Improving Male Circumcision Coverage Through Task Shifting to Non-Physician Clinicians.” Mark Barone, Senior Medical Associate, will present “Spontaneous Detachment of the Shang Ring following Adult Male Circumcision.” Other conference papers by EngenderHealth include enhancing the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and the role of men in improving reproductive and child health.
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Hill Briefing on Fistula Prevention and Treatment
On May 24, EngenderHealth joined with legislators, advocates, and maternal health experts on Capitol Hill to discuss progress in preventing and treating obstetric fistula. Carrie Ngongo, EngenderHealth Senior Program Associate, and our partners in the Campaign to End Fistula highlighted the stories of women living with fistula, as well as a vision of strong, healthy mothers—one that is only possible when women have access to quality maternal health care. The goal of the event (PDF, 190KB), hosted by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), was to garner support for H.R. 949, a bill supporting increased funding for fistula prevention and treatment. Urge your representatives to support the legislation and end fistula.
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Mashable included EngenderHealth’s Mother’s Day campaign in its May 5 post on 7 Ways to Show Mom You Love Her and Support Social Good.
On May 5, Business Ghana showcased the Young Champions of Maternal Health program, a forum organized jointly by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force and intended to nurture young leaders with an interest in maternal health.
The Bangladesh Financial Express published a May 6 article on a new behavior change communication campaign for family planning, as part of EngenderHealth’s Mayer Hashi/RESPOND Project.
The New York Times published a May 10 letter to the editor by EngenderHealth President and CEO Pamela W. Barnes on engaging men to improve women’s reproductive health.
PBS News aired a May 13 feature story on efforts to treat obstetric fistula in Ethiopia, including an interview with EngenderHealth’s Yetnayet Asfaw, ABRI Project Director.
bdnews24.com in Bangladesh quoted President Barnes in a May 19 article about a national campaign to monitor pregnant women and ensure that they get the care they need.
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Reducing Adolescent Sexual Risk is a research-based guide aimed at understanding the sexual psychosocial factors that affect teen sexual behavior. The publication is co-authored by EngenderHealth Senior Technical Advisor Lori Rolleri.
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