On March 17, 2017, EngenderHealth hosted a panel discussion in conjunction with the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The theme for this year’s CSW centered on “women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work.” EngenderHealth convened five leaders in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) to discuss the links between SRHR and economic empowerment.
EngenderHealth, a leading international women’s health organization, joins the global community in mourning the loss of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, who served as Executive Director for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and as former Minister of Health of Nigeria.
May 23 marks the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula—a day to take action to treat and prevent obstetric fistula. To help raise awareness of obstetric fistula, EngenderHealth has prepared a number of assets. Please share, and together, we can #EndFistula!
EngenderHealth, a leading international women’s health organization, is pleased to announce the expansion of its executive team with the June 30 arrival of Mustafa Kudrati, who will assume a vital role in helping the organization realize its strategic vision as its new Vice President for Innovation, Impact and Quality.
EngenderHealth is excited to announce Grace Malera as the Malawi Project Director. Ms. Malera is gearing up to create policy and strengthen existing programs to support survivors of gender-based violence.
Emefa Agotame is a 25-year-old sex worker in Lomé, Togo, with a fiery streak of red running through her hair. Emefa has had five children, but two passed away in their early childhood. After that experience, she started to receive condoms and other forms of contraception from Petite Soeur à Soeur, an organization supported by EngenderHealth’s Agir pour la Planification Familiale (AgirPF) program, which provides counseling on family planning, sexually transmitted infections, and HIV.
Over the last 15 years, Ethiopia has expanded access to family planning (FP) services, and the contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) has quadrupled, from 8% in 2000 to 36% in 2016 (CSA & ORC Macro, 2001; CSA & ICF, 2016). However, unmet need for FP in Ethiopia hovers around 22% (CSA & ICF, 2016), with contraceptive prevalence still relatively low. Ethiopia’s maternal mortality ratio (MMR) has fallen dramatically, from 676 per 100,000 live births in the period since the last Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) in 2011, to 412 deaths in the 2016 DHS, but it is still high. While the share of abortions performed within health facilities in Ethiopia (assumed to be the safest option) increased between 2008 and 2014, the number of women seeking treatment for abortion-related complications still almost doubled over the same time period (Ipas & Guttmacher Institute, 2017), indicating a need for high-quality safe abortion services and postabortion care.
International Women’s Day, on March 8, is a day for the global community of advocates, researchers, public health professionals, journalists, and feminists to come together, celebrate successes, and take stock of how much farther we need to go.
National commitments to family planning such as those made by dozens of countries as part of the FP2020 global partnership are key to increasing access to family planning for women worldwide. Attaining these commitments requires being able to plan for and ensure a reliable supply of quality contraceptives and adequate financial investment. EngenderHealth and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) | DELIVER PROJECT are pleased to announce a new resource, Using Reality Check and PipeLine for Contraceptive Forecasting and Supply Planning.
EngenderHealth received a two-year grant from the Hewlett Foundation, the SSRDroits project, to field-test the operationalization of the combined Checkpoints for Choice and Users’ Guide package with policymakers, health service providers, and community stakeholders in Côte d’Ivoire. A national-level workshop on sexual and reproductive health and rights for stakeholders at the individual, community, service provision, and policy levels was held.