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The year 2011 saw many significant moments affecting women’s reproductive health. As we usher in a new year, EngenderHealth President Pamela W. Barnes highlights five key reproductive health issues to watch in 2012. Also in this issue:


Global Perspectives

  Video on No Scalpel Vasectomy in India
  EngenderHealth’s RESPOND Project and the Government of India have released a video to dispel myths about no-scalpel vasectomy and encourage couples to consider the procedure once they have completed their desired family size.

On the Radar in Reproductive Health: The President’s Picks for 2012
As we begin a new year, EngenderHealth President Pamela W. Barnes highlights five priority issues in reproductive health to watch for, including an ongoing push for global health investments, the importance of engaging men in family planning, and continued innovations and progress in HIV prevention. Read more.

EngenderHealth Staff Reflect on Recent Global Health Conferences
EngenderHealth staff took a moment to reflect on their favorite moments from two major global health conferences last month: the International Conference on Family Planning, in Dakar, Senegal, November 29–December 2; and the International Conference on HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA), in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, December 4–8. Read more.

UNAIDS, PEPFAR to Scale Up Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) have issued a joint framework to accelerate voluntary male circumcision for HIV prevention in Africa. The framework lays out a five-year plan to expand these services in 14 priority countries in eastern and southern Africa. A recent study conducted by EngenderHealth and Weill Cornell Medical College confirmed the safety and acceptability of the Shang Ring, a novel medical device for male circumcision, among African men that could help meet the demand for services.


News and Views

EngenderHealth, White Ribbon Alliance Team Up for Respectful Maternity Care
Pregnancy and childbirth are momentous events in the lives of women and families everywhere. But too often, a woman's experience with her health care providers results in lasting damage and emotional trauma, rather than comfort and trust. This is why EngenderHealth is partnering with the White Ribbon Alliance to promote Respectful Maternity Care, a campaign to raise awareness of the disrespectful treatment that many women experience in seeking and receiving maternity care. Learn more by reading our guest blog on the White Ribbon Alliance website.

EngenderHealth Pres. Pamela Barnes Named to GlobeMed Advisory Council
GlobeMed has announced a new Global Advisory Council of “inspiring leaders” to guide the future of the organization, a network of university students seeking to improve health for people in poverty. The council includes EngenderHealth President Pamela W. Barnes, alongside leaders from Northwestern University, Harvard Medical School, and others. Barnes delivered a keynote speech on maternal health at GlobeMed’s most recent annual conference, held at Columbia University. In its fifth year, GlobeMed has 46 chapters across the United States.


In the News <empty>

Pres. Obama Approves FY2012 Budget with $610 Million for Reproductive Health
President Barack Obama has signed the Fiscal Year 2012 budget into law, which funds family planning and reproductive health programs at $610 million. The sum includes a $35 million U.S. contribution to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and is comparable to the $615 million approved for the last fiscal year. The House originally proposed $461 million for FY2012, the Senate $660 million. The spending bill does not include the Global Gag Rule, a policy that would deny funding to foreign organizations having anything to do with abortion services.

Pres. Pamela Barnes Joins CEOs in Letter to Secretary Clinton on HIV and AIDS
EngenderHealth President Pamela W. Barnes joined several reproductive health leaders and advocates in sending a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, thanking the administration for its ambitious vision for an AIDS-free generation. The December 1 letter also underscored the importance of family planning and maternal health interventions in this effort, which signatories to the letter said were missing from Clinton’s landmark November 8 speech. See additional perspectives from EngenderHealth on what it will take to achieve an AIDS-free generation.

In the News <empty>

Jezebel highlighted EngenderHealth in its December 22 charity guide.

Women Deliver included the Maternal Health Task Force in its “10 Maternal Health Highlights of 2011.”

A December 17 article by the Rwandan New Times featured a 12-day fistula repair workshop supported by EngenderHealth’s Fistula Care project.

Women Deliver highlighted key strategies and recommendations produced by the Maternal Health Dialogue Series, which has been co-hosted by the Maternal Health Task Force and the Woodrow Wilson Center since December 2009.

CultureMap, a media web site in Austin, Texas, featured EngenderHealth’s Gen.M program in a December 13 article.

On December 13, BDNews24.com quoted Dr. Abu Jamil Faisel, EngenderHealth Country Director in Bangladesh, on the importance of coordination to improve maternal health services.

The Nation, Sun News Online, and The Tide in Nigeria highlighted EngenderHealth’s Fistula Care program, which supports fistula repair surgeries in the country.

The Philippine Daily Inquirer highlighted an EngenderHealth presentation on family planning at the 2011 International Conference on Family Planning in Dakar, Senegal.

New Publications and Resources <empty>

Data for Decision Making in Fistula Care: A Supplemental Module for Facilitative Supervision (PDF, 2.8MB) comprises three modules used to train health care providers on gathering and analyzing data to improve the quality of fistula prevention and repair services.



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