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This week, our staff took part in the 2021 @TzHealthSummit including keynote speaker @MasakoPrudence, presenters Dr. Moke Magoma & Deus Ngerangera & Youth Capacity Building facilitator @RehemaGeorge7. Congratulations team! #THS2021 #Tanzania

Meet the 2021 3rd @TzHealthSummit Youth Capacity Building Program facilitators: @RehemaGeorge7 and @MasakoPrudence (@EngenderHealth); @Theddylp (@HealiTZambia), and yours truly (@Jhpiego). Pls show some ❤️ to these selfless #leaders I was blessed to work alongside🙏🏽

Honored to have facilitated the 3rd @TzHealthSummit youth capacity building program alongside @Theddylp @charleswanga. Proud to have been part of nurturing other youth leaders to take up space in the world and cement themselves #THS2021 @EngenderHealth @YouthDeliver

J'ai eu l'honneur d'aborder la thématique des violences domestiques en #CIV225 avec @Sylvia_Apata sur les ondes de Radio Yopougon et notamment le projet de lois relatif à la protection des victimes de violences domestiques.
#ProjetLoiVBG
#TousUnis

@EngenderHealth @CACi225

"This has become an ideological issue. As countries become more partisan, as countries become more ideological on each side, women's bodies are used as a pawn in this war between two parties or three parties."
#SRHR #ReproductiveRights

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"...[CSE programs]reinforce our human rights to autonomy, teach youth that sexual violence is not ok & provide young people with information about how to recognize and respond to sexual violence if it were to happen in the future." 💯 🙌 👏
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Today, 400,000 Nigerian women—representing 40% of obstetric #fistula cases worldwide—wait for corrective surgery. In #Nigeria, MOMENTUM Safe Surgery is partnering w/ gov't, institutions, and local organizations to confront this preventable problem. @USAIDNigeria @PaulineKTallen

Salma advocates to end stigma & discrimination against people living w/ HIV in #Tanzania. She uses skills learned through the Boresha Afya project funded by @USAIDTanzania & administered by @EGPAF in partnership with EngenderHealth & the Tanzania Ministry of Health. #DayoftheGirl

In response to #Pandemics we need Public Private partnerships in cofinancing the health sector so that no one is left behind.

Dr. @MasakoPrudence from @EngenderHealth
#THS2021

Today in the US is #IndigenousPeoplesDay, which celebrates the contributions, diverse cultures, and resiliency of Indigenous people. Learn more about the holiday & what it means to 5 Indigenous women and two-spirit people.

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August 6, 2014

The Hands that Heal Obstetric Fistula

Tomorrow, on the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, we have an opportunity to shine a light on the important work underway to treat women living with fistula—a devastating childbirth injury—and the progress we are making to prevent it from happening in the first place. In the hands of a well-trained surgeon, the majority of fistulas can be repaired. And under the care of doctors like Dr. Dolorès Nembunzu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), we are getting even closer to our goal of ushering in a fistula-free generation.

Dr. Nembunzu is an obstetrician-gynecologist trained in complex fistula repair surgeries; she is also the medical director of St. Joseph’s Hospital, EngenderHealth’s Fistula Care Plus–supported project in Kinshasa, DRC. But to the women she helps, Dr. Nembunzu is best known as “maman” (mother), because of the kindness she exudes and the warmth that shines through her work—both as their doctor and as their advocate. After performing her first fistula surgery, she recalls, “I will never forget the extraordinary joy on her face when she woke up and realized the bed was dry.”

Dr. Nembunzu’s approach is to connect with each woman, to understand her aspirations, to know her, and to help her on her journey back to her family and her community. Dr. Nembunzu’s personal touch is the catalyst for the healing that follows each surgery. We honor Dr. Nembunzu, and the trained providers just like her, who dedicate their work to improving the health and lives of women.

Learn more about how we can achieve a fistula-free generation, and join the conversation on Twitter with #fistulafree.

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