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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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January 28, 2021

EngenderHealth Welcomes Repeal of Global Gag Rule, Urges Biden/Harris Administration to Take More Steps to Ensure Health and Rights

January 28, 2021 (Washington, DC)—The removal of the Global Gag Rule by the Biden administration is an important and welcomed step for improving US support for reproductive and women’s health around the world. The rule—significantly expanded by the previous administration—prohibited foreign NGOs receiving US government assistance from providing information, referrals, or services for legal abortion, or advocating to reduce legal restrictions on abortion in their countries, using their own, non-US government funds to do so. These prohibitions forced organizations to make a choice between receiving US funding and providing comprehensive reproductive health information and services. The repeal of the rule is essential for reproductive health and justice, but not sufficient: further action is necessary.

EngenderHealth President & CEO, Traci L. Baird, said, “We have seen the harm caused by the Global Gag Rule each time it has been implemented. Clinics close, services stop, and people die. While purportedly designed to reduce abortion, the policy actually increases the number of unsafe abortions and limits access to a wide range of essential services, including HIV screening and treatment, cancer prevention and screening, and contraceptive counseling and services. The repeal of this bad policy is a necessary first step. We look forward to the rest of this journey for reproductive health and justice.”

With the rescinding of the Global Gag Rule, organizations can begin to address the harms that the policy caused during the past four years, and rebuild the counseling, referral, and service programs that communities need and people deserve. EngenderHealth will continue to work with communities and organizations in countries around the world to ensure people have access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health information and services.

The repeal of the Global Gag Rule is a significant first step, and it is part of a package of changes designed to uphold sexual and reproductive health and rights and address health disparities. In the weeks ahead, the Administration and Congress must work together to ensure US laws and policies support sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice domestically and abroad. A clear plan for achieving these goals has been laid out in the Blueprint for Sexual and Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice.

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 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. www.engenderhealth.org

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