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Through the @Hewlett_Found-supported project in West and Central Africa, we partner with @JVSAssociation in Bénin to create an enabling environment for youth access to #SRHR, including safe abortions.

Check out their "My Choice" twitter campaign! ⬇️

In anticipation of International Women’s Day on March 8, we’ll spend the week highlighting programs that are contributing to a more gender equal world. Stay tuned for #InternationalWomensDay Spotlights!

How we're advancing #genderequality through #SRHR: ➡️http://bit.ly/GE-SRHR

Addressing fistula is key to advancing #SRHR.

Since 2005, EngenderHealth has supported over 45,000 fistula repairs thanks to @USAID. Learn about advancements in fistula care across Africa & Asia at our event on March 8: http://bit.ly/FCPlus-Webinar

@fistulacare @USAIDGH #IWD2021

The @USAID-funded @fistulacare project takes a diverse approach to reducing barriers to fistula care. A key component of preventing fistula is expanding access to high-quality sexual and reproductive health services.

➡️Learn more: http://bit.ly/FCPlus-Webinar

#IWD2021 @USAIDGH

EngenderHealth supports capacity building & GBV awareness creation at Arbaminch Hospital, an integrated care center for GBV screening, counseling, treatment, and legal aid in Ethiopia. We were honored to host state officials to learn about successes & challenges in this model.

Yesterday, you heard about fistula from the @USAID-funded @fistulacare Plus project. To learn about how we’ve worked with partners to prevent & treat fistula over 15 years, join @fistulacare & @usaidGH for “Towards a Fistula-Free Future” on March 8!

➡️http://bit.ly/FCPlus-Webinar

Warmest congratulations to Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the new U.S. Ambassador to the @UN. We @UNFPA wish you every success and look forward to working with you to protect the health and advance the rights of women and girls around the world. @LindaT_G @USUN

http://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/23/us/politics/linda-thomas-greenfield-ambassador-united-nations.html

Also, mark your calendars for March 8, 2021! We are hosting a virtual event on #InternationalWomensDay entitled, “Towards a Fistula-Free Future: 15 Years of Breakthroughs and Program Impact.” Register today: http://bit.ly/FCPlus-Webinar

Thanks everyone! The FC+ website is a great place to start for more information and resources on fistula prevention and treatment, including research results, project reports, and stories from providers and clients. http://bit.ly/fistularesources https://twitter.com/EngenderHealth/status/1364608432880443393

Obstetric fistula is a beacon of inequality, as it occurs where women are already living with limited resources and access to healthcare. Additionally, once fistula occurs, women often face significant stigma and isolation which can impact their social and economic wellbeing. https://twitter.com/EngenderHealth/status/1364605591528886273

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Overview

Every day, an estimated 5,400 people become infected with HIV globally, and more than 1 million contract a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Currently, an estimated 37 million people are living with HIV, more than two-thirds of whom live in Sub-Saharan Africa. While new cases have been reported in all regions of the world, approximately 68% are in Sub-Saharan Africa and 40% of all new infections happen among people under the age of 25. Women account for more than half the total number of people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. Clearly, the need for quality HIV, AIDS, and STI services is more important than ever.

While HIV treatment is becoming more widely available globally, such treatment still eludes many people living in the world’s poorest communities. Health care systems in many developing countries struggle to provide even basic health services. Although many more people have started HIV care and treatment in the past few years, there are still many challenges; not only is medication often unavailable in some places, but there are not adequate numbers of health care providers trained to help clients prevent HIV or STIs or to treat or counsel men and women living with HIV or AIDS. Additionally, health workers often discriminate against people living with HIV and perpetuate the stigma surrounding HIV in their workplaces and communities.

EngenderHealth is addressing these inequities in care by training health care providers, improving health services, and advocating for national policies that respond to the needs of people living with HIV. EngenderHealth is:

By joining forces with government health ministries, community-based organizations, and local health facilities, EngenderHealth is implementing HIV and AIDS programs that are effective and sustainable in countries such as KenyaTanzania, and Uganda, among others.

Recently, the CHAMPION Project worked for six years to increase men’s positive involvement in preventing the spread of HIV in Tanzania. Supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development through the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the project took a holistic approach to HIV prevention and addresses the underlying gender issues that drive HIV transmission. Over the life of the project, CHAMPION reached more than 345,000 individuals with HIV and reproductive health interventions, and over 260,000 individuals with interventions for preventing gender-based violence. CHAMPION’s campaign against gender-based violence received the prestigious Avon Global Communications Award. Watch videos and read more about it on the project’s page.

EngenderHealth is a key partner on the new Sauti-TZ project, led by Jhpiego, which began in early 2015. Sauti-TZ is working to provide services to key and vulnerable populations in support of Tanzania’s commitment to HIV prevention. The populations that are the focus of Sauti-TZ activities include sex workers, men who have sex with men, young women aged 15–24, men in mobile populations, and male clients of sex workers.

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