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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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October 6, 2020

EngenderHealth Announces New USAID Award to Advance Global Momentum for Safe Surgery for Maternal Health and Voluntary Family Planning

October 6, 2020 (Washington, DC)—EngenderHealth today announced it will lead a partnership, supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), to increase the capacity of host country institutions and local organizations to strengthen surgical safety within maternal health and family planning programs by promoting evidence-based approaches and testing new innovations. USAID will award up to $40 million to the global safe surgery project, part of the MOMENTUM suite of USAID projects, to promote awareness of, and equitable access to, high-quality care for voluntary, consented safe surgeries for Caesarean delivery, fistula repair, childbirth-related hysterectomy, long-acting reversible contraception, and permanent family planning methods. Three core partners will join EngenderHealth to implement the project: IntraHealth International, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs. The partnership will also collaborate with resource partners, including the International Confederation of Midwives, Viamo, and regional professional associations of surgeons and other clinicians.

In announcing the award, USAID noted the MOMENTUM suite of projects is designed “to increase the capacity of partner country institutions and local organizations to introduce, deliver, scale-up, and sustain the use of evidence-based, high-quality maternal, newborn, and child health services, voluntary family planning, and reproductive health care.” With regard to the safe surgery award, USAID wrote, “This award emphasizes working with local partners and country institutions to improve childbirth outcomes and better meet people’s voluntary family planning needs by identifying and reducing barriers to maternal health and family planning care seeking; catalyzing action among communities; promoting gender equity and respectful maternity care principles; and generating research and learning to support scaling new approaches.”

EngenderHealth President & CEO, Traci L. Baird, said, “The safe surgery focus of the MOMENTUM 3A award leverages EngenderHealth’s experience delivering results since 2007 for the USAID-funded Fistula Care and Fistula Care Plus projects. This important project will also build on and deepen our engagement with governments, communities, healthcare providers, and health systems around the world. We look forward to working closely with our implementing partners and USAID to overcome existing barriers to safe surgical care for maternal and reproductive health.”

The project will be led by Vandana Tripathi, MPH, PhD, who has worked with EngenderHealth since 2014, serving first as Deputy Director and then Director of Fistula Care Plus. Tripathi has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of maternal and newborn health, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, and human rights.

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About EngenderHealth

EngenderHealth envisions a gender-equal world where all people achieve their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). To reach that vision, we implement high-quality, gender-equitable programs that advance SRHR, which we define broadly to include contraceptive counseling and services, maternal health, comprehensive sexuality education, gender-based violence prevention and counseling, comprehensive abortion care, and more. EngenderHealth collaborates with governments, private sector partners, international experts, and local organizations and communities in order to reach marginalized groups—including girls, women, and gender minorities; adolescents and youth; people with disabilities; economically disadvantaged groups; and rural and other hard-to-reach populations.

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