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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

We also must strengthen the healthcare workforce, particularly by supporting high-quality surgical training to ensure women receive quality c-sections when needed–a focus of the new @USAID_MOMENTUM Safe Surgery in Family Planning & Obstetrics project led by @EngenderHealth.

Great question! To truly #EndFistula, we must prevent new cases while treating existing ones. Some keys to fistula prevention are girls’ education, addressing poverty, delaying marriage age, access to sexual & repro healthcare, and timely & high-quality emergency obstetric care. https://twitter.com/EngenderHealth/status/1364605397756182530

Yes. Depending on severity, there are surgical & non-surgical treatment options. The Fistula Care Plus (FC+) project works to strengthen the entire continuum of care–from prevention to fistula diagnosis, safe surgical repair, rehabilitation, & reintegration back to her community. https://twitter.com/EngenderHealth/status/1364605303858282499

Obstetric fistula is a maternal injury that can occur from prolonged/obstructed labor where a woman is left with a hole in the birth canal that leaks urine and/or feces. An estimated 2 million women live with this devastating condition–almost all in low & middle-income countries. https://twitter.com/EngenderHealth/status/1364598320333791237

Starting now! Tune in to for an interactive session on obstetric fistula with the @USAID @fistulacare Plus project.

"Everyone, equally, has a human right to health. However, our health systems, communities, and nations do not support people's health equally or equitably."

Read the full text from @EngenderHealth & @POuagaPF on diversity and solidarity in global health: https://bit.ly/3uvFsCO

Prioritize inclusion of people who suffer the most from inequities in health and health-care for designing solutions to address their needs. Commentary with @EngenderHealth team who talk about #power & #DiversityandInclusion in global health @TraciLBaird https://www.thelancet.com/journals/langlo/article/PIIS2214-109X(21)00029-2/fulltext#%20

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June 4, 2020

Statement in Support of American Racial Justice Movement

As an organization that works to advance gender equality by improving sexual and reproductive health and rights, EngenderHealth stands against racism and all forms of prejudice. We support people and organizations everywhere working for freedom, justice, and equality, and fighting against oppression based on race, gender, sexual orientation, class, ability, age, or other human traits.

We are deeply disturbed by acts of violence against Black people in the United States, especially murders by police officers. While the recent murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor have brought renewed international attention, such violence against African Americans is not new, but is deeply woven into American history, culture, and politics.

As an international organization working to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender equality, our work is designed to address root causes of systemic injustice and support people who are often marginalized, including girls, women, and gender minorities; adolescents and youth; people with disabilities; economically disadvantaged and socially marginalized groups; and rural and other hard-to-reach populations. While our work does not directly address racial injustice in the United States, there are similarities and connections between entrenched power systems the world over, and we stand in solidarity with activists, protesters, and organizations carrying out the challenging work of dismantling systemic racism in America.

We are publicly and privately committed to equity, diversity, and social inclusion. This means we work within our organization to listen, learn, and challenge our own perceptions. We develop and implement policies and practices to ensure a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce, and we constantly reflect and evaluate how we can improve on our vision—both internally and externally. In the weeks and months ahead, we will listen to, learn from, and look for opportunities to support the movement for racial justice in the United States.


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