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Recently, @GlobalHlth5050 found that many orgs do not post their policies, though there are numerous audiences and reasons for making organizational policies public.

@TraciLBaird discusses why we’re working to “put it all out there” in our new blog ➡️ http://bit.ly/PoliciesBlog

Three outstanding global health and #SRHR leaders have joined the EngenderHealth board! 🙌

Learn about Dr. Akudo Anyanwu, Dr. Kimberly D. Gregory, and Thomas Kisimbi on our website ➡️ http://bit.ly/NewBoard21

Paying interns ensures that opportunities are available to a diverse group of students and graduates.

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Incredible @mackenziescott list of “286 Teams Empowering Voices the World Needs to Hear," with a strong emphasis on #equity! Exciting to see the inclusion of @riseupforgirls, led by our brilliant Board member and partner for #genderequality, @DeniseRDunning!

We applaud this transparency from @EngenderHealth, who have also signed the FAIR SHARE Commitment to achieve #genderequality in their leadership by 2030! 🙌🏾 https://twitter.com/EngenderHealth/status/1404792786516426757

We have long made it clear that EngenderHealth is committed to equality, diversity, and social inclusion.

As part of that commitment, and inspired by @GlobalHlth5050, we have worked to increase transparency around our organizational policies. Learn how ➡️ http://bit.ly/PoliciesBlog

⬇️This is what leadership looks like

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Curious about our sexual harassment policy? It’s on our website. How about our Do No Harm Framework or whistle-blower policy? Ditto–on our website.

Check out this piece by @TraciLBaird on why we strive to share policies online before someone has to ask ➡️ http://bit.ly/PoliciesBlog

Why should orgs post their workplace policies in the public domain?

@TraciLBaird breaks down why transparency around organizational policies are essential for equitable workplaces & the 🔑 to @EngenderHealth ⭐️ #GH5050 score 👇


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September 30, 2020

Webinar: Integrating Physical Rehabilitation to Strengthen Fistula and Maternity Care

EngenderHealth’s USAID-funded Fistula Care Plus project, with partners Panzi Foundation and Mama, LLC, hosted a webinar to discuss the impact of integrating physical rehabilitation in fistula and maternity care.

Maternal morbidities such as pelvic organ prolapse and obstetric fistula affect women’s ability to carry out daily tasks and participate fully in society. Surgical treatment is often required to fully repair these conditions. However, for many women, physical therapy (or physiotherapy-informed treatment) can make a profound impact on the severity of symptoms and quality of life. Despite this impact and the low cost of physical therapy relative to many other interventions, these services are often a missing piece in health care, particularly in low-resource settings.

Physiotherapy session with hospital staff at Panzi General Reference Hospital in Bukavu, DRC

Ms. Jessica McKinney, Physiotherapist from Mama,LLC, conducting a physiotherapy session with hospital staff at Panzi General Reference Hospital in Bukavu, DRC.

During the webinar, Fistula Care Plus and partners Panzi Foundation and Mama, LLC highlighted initiatives to bridge the gap in access to and capacity for pelvic floor physical therapy in low- and middle-income countries and shared examples of progress in this area from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). A new and innovative resource, Implementing Physical Rehabilitation Services into Comprehensive Fistula and Maternity Care: A Training Guide for Health Workers, was presented by Dr. Laura Keyser and Ms. Jessica McKinney, Physiotherapists from Mama, LLC. The training guide is a practical tool for health care workers to introduce physical rehabilitation services into comprehensive fistula and maternity care.

Teaching women about pelvic anatomy and function at Panzi General Reference Hospital in Bukavu, DRC

Dr. Rachel Kinja, physiotherapy department lead at Panzi Hospital, teaching women about pelvic anatomy and function at Panzi General Reference Hospital in Bukavu, DRC.

Case studies were provided on the successful integration of physiotherapy at the Panzi General Reference Hospital in Bukavu, DRC. Dr. Kenny Raha, an OB-GYN and traumatic fistula surgeon, shared his experience providing fistula diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation both at the facility and in remote areas of DRC. Dr. Raha believes that fistula surgery is life-changing for women, and physiotherapy can give even better results after recovery. The benefits of physical therapy include decreased length of hospital stay, improved health outcomes, and often reduced need for expensive medical procedures, resulting in improved quality of life.

Success stories were shared by Dr. Rachel Kinja, Physiotherapy department lead at Panzi Hospital. Dr. Kinja stated that “Physiotherapy activities have been implemented among all female staff engaged in the hospital, women engaged in the Panzi Foundation and V-DAY. Women are involved and love to participate in the sessions.” Women from these sessions are then chosen to serve as focal points to form a committee that leads the sub-groups.

At the end of the webinar, Dr. Vandana Tripathi, Fistula Care Plus project Director, reminded attendees that more evidence and standardization are needed so future research can build on frameworks to show the importance of holistic care within fistula maternity care.

Related Links 

Promoting Women’s Well-being through Physical Rehabilitation: The Impact of Integration in Fistula and Maternity Care Presentation  

Implementing Physical Rehabilitation Services into Comprehensive Fistula and Maternity Care: A Training Guide for Health Workers 

Rehabilitation and reintegration programming adjunct to female genital fistula surgery: A systematic scoping review 

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