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On Thursday 10 February (2pm CET), we'll host a Twitter Chat with several contributors and other organisations who have made the FAIR SHARE Commitment to explore the themes of the publication further.

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Working towards #genderequality is a collective journey.

That's why we contributed to #LeadingForChange, a collection of organizational case studies put together by @fair_wl exploring #FeministLeadership, organizational change and more.

Find it here: https://fairsharewl.org/project/leading-for-change/

We’re #hiring an Asst. Controller who supports the Controller & CFAO and supervises general accounting, accounts payable & receivable roles. Location negotiable: Washington, DC, preferred. Salary: $125-135k annually, benefits in posting. Apply ➡️ http://ow.ly/3o7W50HAQRz

Raising a glass to Roe v. Wade’s 49th anniversary. I don’t have a lot of hope that we’ll get to celebrate its 50th . Thanks to those who provide, facilitate, & fund abortions. Respect to those who have chosen/may later choose abortion. Power to those working for repro justice.

Last year, Nigerian medical student @ebereillustrate’s image of a Black fetus in the womb went viral, highlighting the need for #diversity in medical illustration. Now, some of his illustrations will be published in a clinical handbook!
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Episode 2 of this season’s Inside The FP Story podcast features programs from @EngenderHealth @CHAI_health and Bangladesh Sheikh Mujib Medical University, integrating #familyplanning with other health areas and settings. https://hubs.ly/Q012tTYJ0

Great news out of #Ghana 🇬🇭! Starting this month, long-term contraceptive methods will be available free of charge in the country, improving access to contraception for millions of women. 🙌

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We’re excited to have @EngenderHealth accept the #WeTrustYouthChallenge, and make their commitment to collectively better the ways of working with young people meaningfully!

Are you ready to join us? Find out more and accept the challenge, now: http://WeTrustYouth.org

Episode 2 of this season’s Inside The FP Story podcast by @fprhknowledge & @ibp_network features an interview with our Senior Technical Advisor Anna Temba discussing mobile family planning outreach & service integration in #Tanzania. Listen now! ➡️ http://ow.ly/B4QU50HxvIr

On January 20, Priyanka Kochar, programs manager for EngenderHealth’s India country office, will take part in a webinar, hosted by @ShareNetIntl, launching the BLOOM (Buy-in and Learning through Outcomes of MYP) campaign. Register today! ➡️ https://share-netinternational.org/events/bloom-campaign-webinar-launch/

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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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