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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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August 11, 2020

Blackbaud Data Breach – Notification to Supporters

EngenderHealth was recently notified that Blackbauda software vendor widely used across the non-for-profit fundraising sector, was victim to a ransomware attackWe use Blackbaud’s software for our donor contact database. Though none of your financial or other sensitive personal information was involved, out of an abundance of caution and because of the value we place on transparency and your trust, we want you to be informed. 

What happened? 

Blackbaud discovered and stopped a ransomware attack on its serversWorking with independent forensics experts and law enforcementBlackbaud successfully expelled the cybercriminal from the system and regained control of their data. 

According to Blackbaudthe cybercriminal removed a copy of backup files, and our records may have been among those files. Blackbaud paid the cybercriminal’s demand and received confirmation that the backup files removed from their system were destroyed. Based on the nature of the incident, their research, and thirdparty investigation, Blackbaud does not believe that any data was or will be misused or will be disseminated or otherwise made available publicly. 

What information was involved? 

If any of your information was involved, it could include names, contact information, dates of birth, giving history, and in some cases, profession, affiliations, and family connectionsEngenderHealth does not store credit card or bank information or social security numbers in our database; your financial information was not at risk 

Preventing future threats: 

To protect data and prevent future cyberattacks, Blackbaud is taking corrective actions. We will be examining our relationship with Blackbaud to ensure they are properly protecting data against future threats.  

EngenderHealth works closely with our own information technology vendor to secure our internal systemsand we will continue to guard your information carefully. The attack on Blackbaud had no impact on EngenderHealth’s network.  

What do I need to do? 

As is best practice, we recommend you remain aware and promptly report any suspicious activity involving your personal information to the appropriate agency or law enforcement authorities. The Federal Trade Commission website has resources and tools to help you monitor and protect your identity and personal information.Again, no financial information is stored by EngenderHealth or was compromised in the attack on Blackbaud. 

It is also good to be vigilant regarding “spear-phishing” attacks – deceptive emails that use information about you in order to trick you into clicking on malicious links or downloading malware to your computer. If an email looks suspicious, do not click on any links, or open any attachments. 

For more information: 

We sincerely regret this situation. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at development@engenderhealth.org. 

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