During our 2021-2022 program year EngenderHealth programs have:
Generated an estimated 3,255,700 couple years of protection
Directly reached over 1.2 million people with SRHR messaging
Supported the provision of 33,000 abortion and postabortion services
12 policy changes in 5 countries
Helped about 1.1 million clients access contraceptive care
Our data show the extent to which our work advances gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). We collect and analyze data to measure our annual progress toward our strategic plan and theory of change, with a focus on our overall impact and contributions at each level of our socioecological model: policies, laws, and processes; health systems and institutions; and communities and individuals.
In our 2021 to 2022 fiscal year (FY22), we implemented 22 projects across 13 countries. To learn more about our impact during this period, click on the expandable sections below or download our brief Annual Impact Summary and full Annual Impact Report.
Our Impact: July 2021–June 2022
EngenderHealth—in collaboration with our government and nongovernmental organization partners—supported the provision of high-quality, comprehensive contraceptive care as part of SRHR services. Through EngenderHealth-supported services, we helped approximately 1,114,200 clients access high-quality contraceptive care and generated an estimated 3,255,700 couple years of protection. Our work also helped avert an estimated 1,484,400 unintended pregnancies, 363,700 unsafe abortions, 2,100 maternal deaths, and 29,700 child deathsIn addition, we contributed to direct healthcare cost savings of approximately $132,727,500.
EngenderHealth helps shape supportive national policy environments for SRHR, which facilitate positive results across the socioecological model. During FY22, EngenderHealth collaborated with partner organizations to support 12 policy changes in Benin, Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, and Tanzania. Of these policy changes, 6 focused on promoting gender equity and advancing SRHR; 5 supported ensuring access to safe, high-quality abortion care and postabortion contraception; and 1 focused on promoting the availability of and access to SRHR services for young people ages 10 to 24.
Ensuring that health systems provide high-quality, gender-equitable SRHR services is fundamental to ensuring positive change; therefore, we work with governments to achieve sustainable and equitable health impacts. Our core activities include supporting the integration of gender-transformative and inclusive programming throughout health systems; transitioning health facility oversight to governments; strengthening the capacity of healthcare staff, government officials, and influential leaders in the community; and fostering client satisfaction with SRHR services.
In FY22, EngenderHealth supported skills development for a range of healthcare staff, training more than 2,800 clinical staff (doctors, nurses, midwives, and others) and more than 26,300 community health workers. EngenderHealth also trained 8,000 influential community members—including adolescent champions, young leaders, educators, community and religious leaders, community resource groups, and police—in gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response; gender, youth, and social inclusion; Men as Partners; postabortion care, SRHR advocacy; and disability inclusion in SRHR.
We engage with communities to share gender-inclusive and youth-responsive SRHR messaging and programming to ensure they have the knowledge and resources they need to access services. In FY22, EngenderHealth directly reached over 1.2 million people with SRHR messaging, including messaging on abortion, contraception, GBV, and other health topics. We also reached people indirectly with critical SRHR information through mass media activities, including via social media and mass mobile messaging.
In FY22, EngenderHealth supported approximately 1,114,200 clients to adopt a contraceptive method of their choice, including an estimated 331,000 young people under age 25. In addition, our projects supported the provision of 33,000 comprehensive abortion and postabortion services and 590 fistula repair surgeries. Across countries, we also supported services for survivors of 91,161 GBV incidents. Most (85%) GBV incidents were reported by female clients, including 22% of which were for female clients under the age of 20.
All our achievements are facilitated by our technical expertise and leadership. In FY22, we pledged new and renewed commitments to support equality and advance SRHR. We updated our Generation Equality Forum commitments and FP2030 goals and we renewed our UN Global Compact commitment. We also took the We Trust Youth Challenge, made commitments as part of the 2022 Global Disability Summit, and joined the Call to Action for Protection from GBV in Emergencies.
All of our programming is grounded in partnerships and is part of a collective effort to drive sustained change. During FY22, we catalyzed and launched the Transforming INGO Models for Equity (TIME) initiative in collaboration with colleague organizations to explore how we can best partner on SRHR priorities in Africa and transform INGO operating models to increase equity. We also signed the Coalition for Racial and Ethnic Equity in Development (CREED) in Action pledge and co-authored the CREED glossary and joined the YIELD Collective Action Learning Hub.
We similarly continued to contribute to the global evidence base by sharing our data and learning. We participated in virtual conferences and webinars, including the International Conference on Gender Studies in Africa, the Self-Care Trailblazer Group’s Self-Care Learning and Discovery Series, USAID MOMENTUM’s Share Fair, and the World Congress on Adolescent Health. We published also 16 journal articles and 23 policy, research, and technical briefs.
Organizational effectiveness and equity underpin all our strategic plan results and we have continued to strive to be an effective, gender-equitable organization through several different initiatives. We created more resources to ensure we engage thoughtfully and inclusively with communities where we work. For instance, we developed new resources to promote technical excellence and accountability in our language use, including two new language guides focused on gender-based violence and maternal and obstetric care and two blogs exploring Why Our Words Matter and Reimagining Communications in GlobalHealth. We also launched a redesigned website and shared how we are Living Our Values Online with the new site.
We conducted our third internal gender pay-gap analysis with data from almost 200 staff and began to implement our Gender, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion policy. We also developed and updated key policies and guidelines for expanding our work in the humanitarian sector, including a new Accountability to Affected Population Framework, a new Organizational Preparedness Framework, and a revised Duty of Care Framework.