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EngenderHealth Selected to Lead Major International Family Planning and Reproductive Health Project

New York, NY, October 15, 2008—EngenderHealth announces a new award from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for the global project Responding to the Need for Family Planning through Expanded Contraceptive Choices and Program Services (RESPOND). This project will significantly expand family planning services and improve reproductive health in developing countries. RESPOND, which will be led by EngenderHealth and involves six partner organizations, will have a particular focus on long-acting and permanent contraceptive methods. These effective methods (implants, IUDs, and male and female sterilization) remain underutilized in many developing countries, even though they are safe, convenient, and cost-effective.

Leveraging EngenderHealth and its partners’ expertise, RESPOND will garner support and action from leaders and policy makers at the global, country, and local levels for support of long-acting and permanent methods. At the country level, the five-year project will generate and sustain interest in and commitment to reproductive health and family planning and improve the quality and availability of these services on the ground.

“Family planning still remains out of reach for more than 350 million couples worldwide,” said Dr. Ana Langer, President of EngenderHealth. “RESPOND will give many of these women and men the information and services they need to plan their families and their futures.”

RESPOND will build on successful strategies developed under the ACQUIRE Project, the former USAID-funded global family planning initiative led by EngenderHealth. RESPOND will follow a holistic model: strengthening the supply of family planning and the demand for these services among clients, while advocating with local officials for supportive policies and increased resources.

For RESPOND, EngenderHealth leads a diverse team of partner organizations, including: Johns Hopkins University Center for Communications Programs; Meridian Group International, Inc.; Futures Institute; the Population Council; Family Health International; and Cicatelli Associates Incorporated.

About EngenderHealth
EngenderHealth is a leading international reproductive health organization working to improve the quality of health care in the world’s poorest communities. EngenderHealth empowers people to make informed choices about contraception, trains health providers to make motherhood safer, promotes gender equity, enhances the quality of HIV and AIDS services, and advocates for positive policy change. The nonprofit organization works in partnership with governments, institutions, communities, and health care professionals in dozens of countries around the world. For 65 years, EngenderHealth has reached more than 100 million people to help them realize a better life. For more information, visit www.engenderhealth.org.

For more information, please contact Carey Meyers at cmeyers@engenderhealth.org or (212) 561-8463, or Theresa Kim at tkim@engenderhealth.org or (212) 993-9834.

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