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LIVE on Catapult: EngenderHealth’s Projects for Women and Girls

Today is October 11, 2012—a day of firsts for girls and women! Not only is it the inaugural International Day of the Girl, it’s also the launch of Catapult, a new crowd-funding vehicle aimed at supporting women and girls. We are excited to share that we have four projects on Catapult. Learn more about them below and help us fund one or more of them.

Our first project addresses adolescent reproductive health—because when girls have the power to make informed decisions about their reproductive and sexual health, the results are transformative.

1. Community Focus on Adolescent Reproductive Health
If funded, this project will conduct a community awareness campaign to improve the availability, access and use of quality health services for more adolescents in Jharkhand, India. Project activities include events, educational sessions, clinic walkthroughs, street theater productions, radio messages, posters, and more.  Fund this.

Our next three projects address fistula, a devastating condition that affects more than 2 million girls and women in the developing world. With proper care, it can be repaired in 90% of cases.

2. Journey to the Hospital for Life-Changing Surgery
An expert team of urogynecologists will offer surgery for 30 women with complex fistula that requires advanced surgical skills. If funded, this project will pay for return travel for ground transportation and flights costs $1,500 per woman. Fund this.

3. Repairing Women’s Health and Dignity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
If funded, this project will provide fistula repair kits for 13 sites that will allow surgeons in Eastern DRC to offer services to women in need and perform life-altering procedures. Each kit includes critical tools, such as basins, needles, catheters. Fund this.

4. A New Chance for Women Living with Fistula (A Catapult Staff Pick!)
If funded, this project will offer a program of support, training and economic opportunity that greatly benefits women who have been permanently disabled by fistula and that allows them to survive and thrive. The program involves creating support networks, vocational skills training, and communications training for fistula survivors to educate communities on fistula prevention. Fund this.

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