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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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February 17, 2021

Diversity and Solidarity in Global Health: Commentary by EngenderHealth Leaders and Collaborators in the Lancet Global Health

Health is a human right. Yet, systems support health inequitably. Those inequities have been highlighted and heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic. Diversity is the solution. That, in summary, is the argument put forth in a Lancet Global Health commentary entitled “Diversity and Solidarity in Global Health.” The piece is authored by Her Excellency Lia Tadesse Gebremedhin, Ethiopia Minister of Health; Maria Ba, Director, Ouagadougou Partnership Coordination Unit; Fredrick Msigallah, Program Manager, Advocacy and Disability Inclusion, CCBRT, along with three EngenderHealth leaders: Traci L. Baird, President & CEO; Karna Eugene Kone, Communications Consultant; and Prudence Masako, Tanzania Country Representative.

The authors posit that diversity, in various forms, is the key to effectively addressing widespread health disparities. Diversity among individuals who are designing health solutions promotes the development of more inclusive interventions, while diversity in health sector leadership enables decision makers to account for the needs of people from different backgrounds. At a systems level, a diverse range of intersectional approaches is critical for combatting the social determinants of health across sectors.

Ensuring representation based on age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, profession, income status, and ability at all levels of action for global health, especially by those most affected by inequitable health systems, is a path to solidarity for global health progress. In the words of the authors, “Building health policy, strategy, service, and education to lift up all our communities is possible when we recognise, appreciate, and design for our commonalities and our differences.”

Read the full article here.

Diversity and Solidarity in Global Health” is based on themes from a panel discussion at the Women and Girls Africa Summit 2020 entitled, “Diversity, Solidarity, and Action for Social Justice in Health: Keys to the SDGs.”

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