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In India, about 61% of #postpartum women have an unmet need for family planning. Our EAISI project partnered with the Indian Government to expand access to postpartum #familyplanning by strengthening #IUD services. #WDC2021
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Access to postpartum #FamilyPlanning is crucial for ensuring the health, rights, and well-being of #MomAndBaby. @USAID_MOMENTUM strengthens linkages between maternal health & family planning services to allow individuals to safely space births: https://usaidmomentum.org/world-contraception-day-2021/ #WCD2021

We’re honored to pass the IBP Partnership “drum” to @fhi360 as the new @ibp_network chair! We look forward to collaborating w/ you & the entire network to improve #familyplanning & #SRHR programming and services worldwide. @TraciLBaird @DrONChabikuli @nanditathatte @AddicoG

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During the @ibp_network Partners Meeting @aguilera_ana91 shared how we use our Gender, Youth & Social Inclusion (GYSI) Analysis Framework & Toolkit and GYSI Staff Training Manual to create more #equitable & #inclusive programs. Learn more ➡️ http://ow.ly/qlNc50GflmK

More than half of married women around the world use modern contraception, but rates vary widely by country, with fewer than 15% using a modern method in some low- and middle-income countries. Take a look at the latest data on #FamilyPlanning from @PRBdata 👇🏿 #worldpopdata

We’re #hiring a Human Resources Coordinator to support the HR Dept providing professional, analytical, & technical support to HR-related projects & initiatives. Washington, DC, or remote until return to office. Salary & benefits in job post.

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(1/2) Young people often prefer to go to pharmacies rather than clinics for #FamilyPlanning info and products. But high costs and provider bias at pharmacies can deter young people from getting the care and services they desire.

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March 4, 2020

To End Fistula by 2030, First Strengthen the Healthcare Workforce

Original article appeared on the Wilson Center’s New Security Beat blog.

The United Nations has set a goal to end fistula by 2030. Accomplishing this requires a multi-pronged approach that includes identifying women currently living with fistula, preventing new cases from occurring, and building health care worker capacity for treatment. Dr. Vandana Tripathi, Director of EngenderHealth’s Fistula Care Plus (FC+) project, recently wrote about the project’s training efforts and key partnerships to strengthen the healthcare workforce in a new article for the Wilson Center.

Doctors, nurses, and midwives are critical to a well-functioning health system. Fistula Care Plus conducts training initiatives to reduce obstetric and iatrogenic fistula, provides alternative methods to prevent fistulas, and fosters collaboration with the healthcare workforce.

Providing high-quality surgical training can reduce the incidence of iatrogenic fistula, or fistula caused unintentionally by a health provider. Most iatrogenic fistula is caused by errors during cesarean sections— an issue becoming increasingly common as the rate of cesarean section rises rapidly in many low- and middle-income countries. To understand the issues contributing to unsafe cesareans and iatrogenic fistula and identify ways to solve these problems, we must involve and expand the health workforce. Ensuring technical skills such as midwifery-led labor management can reduce the incidence of unnecessary cesarean deliveries, while improved surgical training for doctors providing comprehensive emergency obstetric care ensures that, when cesarean sections are indicated, they are safe and of adequate quality.

Nigerien First Lady Dr. Lala Malika Issoufou greets fistula clients.

Additionally, some obstetric fistula can be prevented and treated through interventions delivered by midwives without the need for surgery. Women who have experienced prolonged/obstructed labor can be provided with appropriate urinary catheterization, which has been shown to prevent fistula from developing and, in some instances, also treats smaller, new fistulae. Clinicians should receive training to consistently deliver this intervention, decreasing the need for surgery in many cases.

To strengthen the health workforce in a region with a high fistula burden, FC+ has formed a new partnership with the West African College of Surgeons (WACS). The partnership was officially announced at the 60th WACS Annual Meeting in Abuja, Nigeria, in February 2020. FC+ and WACS are collaborating to create a costed workforce development plan that supports the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to meet its Assembly of Health Minister’s call to end fistula in the region by 2030.

To read more on this partnership and other FC+ fistula initiatives, visit the Wilson Center’s New Security Beat blog.

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