EngenderHealth Connect January 2016

The Zika Virus Leaves Salvadoran Women in a Serious Bind

The New York Times published a letter from Dr. Lauri Romanzi, Project Director of Fistula Care Plus at EngenderHealth, in response to the Salvadoran government’s advice that women avoid pregnancy because of the Zika virus. Without enabling wider access to quality family planning and safe abortion, the government’s request places an undue burden on women (read here).
 

International Women's Day - Rosie Riveter

International Women’s Day

We’re observing International Women’s Day all month long by celebrating all those who are “Stepping It Up for Gender Equality.” Hope you’ll join the #IWD2016 conversation @EngenderHealth.
 

EngenderHealth in the News (Selected)

It’s Time to Invest More in Quality to Ensure Reproductive Healthcare Services in Bangladesh—News Hour

Translating Global Family Planning Commitments into Local Action: The ExpandFP Project in Uganda, Tanzania, and the DRC—Crowd 360

These cute chubby babies explain contraception—Global Citizen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear Friend,

We are thrilled to officially welcome Ulla E. Müller as EngenderHealth’s new President and Chief Executive Officer as of March 1.

Ulla has been a lifelong advocate for the rights of women and girls and comes to us after more than 20 years living and working across Africa.

With a background in human rights, economics, and sexual and reproductive health, Ulla is passionate about saving women’s lives and enabling women and girls around the world to claim their right to choice and opportunity.

Please read more from Ulla here and review recent updates below on our work expanding access to reproductive health and family planning services around the world.

Quote from Ulla the new Chief Executive Officer for EngenderHealth
REFLECTIONS ON THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON FAMILY PLANNING

EngenderHealth joined thousands of advocates at the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP), as we shared perspectives and best practices on expanding access to rights-based family planning services. You can:

EngenderHealth staff at the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) in Nusa Dua, Indonesia
IN THEIR OWN WORDS: GARMENT FACTORY WORKERS SHARE THEIR STORIES

Fatema Begum has worked at the Versatile Apparel garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, for five years and is now one of the new peer educators teaching other female workers about family planning—part of a pioneering program from EngenderHealth to provide family planning services on-site at garment factories. Nupur, 24, is one of the workers who is taking advantage of the clinic’s services. “This program is really good for us,” she said. Read Fatema’s and Nupur’s stories.

Hear the story about Gatmae Begum, a Bangladesh garment workers
RESPONDING TO HIV AND GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE IN SOUTH AFRICA

HIV prevalence in South Africa is higher than almost anywhere else in the world. More women are living with HIV than men, and young women are particularly vulnerable. Although gender rights are protected by law, gender-based violence continues to occur in all communities, affecting health outcomes. EngenderHealth developed a toolkit for the USAID's Sexual HIV Prevention Program (SHIPP) to support training on the prevention of HIV and gender-based violence at the district and community levels. Download the toolkit here (PDF, 841 KB).

HIV prevalence in South Africa is higher than almost anywhere else in the world
SHARING THE LOVE BY ASKING WTFP?!

EngenderHealth’s WTFP?! (Where’s The Family Planning?!) campaign was recognized as this year’s Best Social Media Campaign by the Population Institute as part of their 36th Annual Global Media Awards. According to the Population Institute, WTFP?! “is fun and hip, while covering serious and important issues pertaining to reproductive health and rights.” To keep the fun but important conversation going, we shared love letters to contraceptive methods for Valentine’s Day and even received some creative new contributions!

EngenderHealth's WTFP?! campaign was recognized as this year's Best Social MEdia Campaign by Population Institute

ENGENDERHEALTH PUBLICATIONS AND RESOURCES

As part of the G4Alliance, an advocacy network building political priority for surgical care, obstetric care, treatment of trauma, and proper use of anesthesia, Dr. Lauri Romanzi, Project Director Fistula Care Plus, EngenderHealth, participated in a recent webcast on setting international standards and guidelines for surgical care and anesthesia. The full webcast is available here.

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