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Advancing #genderequality requires ending violence against women & girls. That’s why we’ve supported the development of #GBV response guidelines in multiple countries & built the capacity of providers to provide high-quality GBV care. (1/2)

Building health worker capacity is critical for improving access to sexual and #reprohealth services, including fistula prevention and treatment.

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EngenderHealth's Adolescent Girl Champions intervention is significant because it is an innovative, scalable model that builds on and collaborates with existing public health infrastructure, while empowering adolescent girls.

-@ZoyaAliRizvi, Deputy Commissioner @MoHFW_INDIA

It's not just about young people as beneficiaries of programs. We must frame youth as leaders, informants, and change-makers in programs aimed to improve their health, says Anand Sinha, @PackardFdn India Country Representative.

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Health disparities for girls are prominent at all ages & levels of society–for newborns, youth, and adults. We must come together and talk about this issue as one society, says Roopa, an Adolescent Girl Champion in our @UNICEFIndia-supported initiative.

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The three adolescent girls speaking about their experience supporting families and their community are a wonderful example of the enormous power of young people! #LetGirlsLead https://twitter.com/engenderhealth/status/1367439637527072769

“I am a girl, and I am getting the opportunity to save another girl.”

Muskaan, an Adolescent Girl Champion in our @UNICEFIndia-supported initiative, explains why she chose to participate in the program during the "She Helps Her Thrive" event.

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Investing in adolescent girls as champions of health in their communities yields triple benefits, improving:

➡️Health of children
➡️Adult health trajectories
➡️Health of the next generation

Says Luigi D’Aquino, @UNICEFIndia Chief of Health, at our She Helps Her Thrive webinar.

“Adolescent girls have a real potential to be change agents in their communities,” says Dr. Ajay Khera, India Country Representative

With support from @UNICEF, EngenderHealth engaged adolescent girls as champions of newborn girl care in India. Learn more: http://bit.ly/AGCs-Resources

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Dem. Republic of the Congo

After nearly four decades of war and conflict, people living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) face numerous barriers to accessing quality reproductive health services. Due to its vast size and poorly developed road and communication systems, family planning, maternal health, and other basic health services are extremely limited or altogether unavailable. Family planning helps prevent maternal morbidity and mortality, as well as assisting women and men to have the number of children they desire. Poor maternal health care has resulted in high maternal mortality, as well as the occurrence of obstetric fistula, a hole in the birth canal that results in chronic leakage of urine or feces, often caused by obstructed labor. Traumatic fistula—the same condition, but inflicted by sexual violence—is also common, due to the prevalence of gender-based violence in the DRC.

With women at the center of our mission in the DRC, EngenderHealth has a two-pronged approach to addressing the reproductive health needs of poor and marginalized communities there. Since 2008, EngenderHealth has worked to improve the quality of and access to fistula care services in the DRC. From 2008 to 2013, we partnered with seven health centers and hospitals to train 44 doctors and 242 nurses in fistula repair surgery and 802 doctors and nurses in fistula counseling and follow-up care. Our work also included the improvement of emergency obstetric care and outreach to rural clinics, to ensure that women in need of medical attention were referred to the hospitals for repair.

Today, EngenderHealth continues to address fistula in the DRC with the Fistula Care Plus project. As our work expands, we are better able to address the backlog of women living with obstetric or traumatic fistula. We are also increasing the integration of family planning services with fistula and maternal health services as a key component of fistula prevention.

In a country with a high total fertility rate (6.6 lifetime births per woman) and high unmet need for family planning (25% of married women of reproductive age in Kinshasa), there are also significant gaps in access to contraception. From 2013 to 2018, EngenderHealth’s Expand Family Planning Project (ExpandFP) supported the Ministry of Health in building capacity, improving quality, and expanding access to family planning services in five health zones of Kinshasa, a province with both urban and periurban areas and more than 10 million inhabitants. Over the duration of the project, ExpandFP supported training for nearly 200 individual providers, supervisors, and other staff to improve facilities’ capacity to offer quality family planning services. Through multiple service approaches, the project supported the provision of nearly 100,000 contraceptive services to women. ExpandFP also conducted two research studies. The first explored client perceptions of full, free, and informed choice in different service delivery modalities, in DRC, Tanzania, and Uganda. The second explored and provided evidence for establishing an internal hospital-based referral system to increase access to family planning in the extended perinatal period and simultaneously examined the effects of providing free contraceptives to clients on family planning counseling and uptake.

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