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Ahead of Saturday's #WorldPopulationDay, IPPF is delighted to launch its ICPD+25 Nairobi Summit Report: A Roadmap for Fulfilling the Promise. Find out more → https://t.co/jciKhnjuCm

Le samedi 4 juillet 2020, La Ligue Ivoirienne des Droits des femmes s'est associé avec @EngenderHealth active dans la santé sexuelle des femmes pour distribuer 5 000 masques et des ressources contre la violence sexiste et sexuelle aux femmes et aux filles du quartier d'Akouédo https://t.co/GopDbpOZCC

Today @ippf launched ICPD+25 Nairobi Summit Report: A Roadmap for Fulfilling the Promise: https://t.co/HQbW6RE2UP

We commit to working w/ government partners through 2030 to reach more than 30 million people w/ gender-equitable #SRHR programs: https://t.co/Fg4N8DinsT

#ICPD25

Initiative Côte d’Ivoire a procédé ce jour à la remise de 5000 masques aux populations a revenu moyen d’Akouedo. En plus des masques, des violentomètre (outils de mesure des violence) ont été distribués sous le lead de @EngenderHealth et @LaLigue225 #stopcovid19 #Covid19civ

Earlier today, we partnered with @LaLigue225 to distribute 5,000 masks & gender-based violence (#GBV) awareness materials to an indigenous community in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire that is known for making attiéké, a traditional dish made from cassava.

#COVID19 #1million2masquesICI

“We continue to see over and over again in many parts of the world where #LGBT people are criminalized or discriminated against, we always see a rise of #HIV infections, because people strongly associate HIV with being gay.” - @ejaf Chairman David Furnish. #AIDS2020Virtual

Cérémonie du lancement de la distribution de 5000 masques barrières contre la #COVID__19-19 aux populations vulnérables de Akouedo village @EngenderHealth @nenef @karna_eugene

@AntonPozniak opens #AIDS2020 with a plea, during COVID-19, to ensure gains made in HIV are not lost, the work to end HIV continues & the lessons of HIV are applied! We must adapt to changing changing world realities to ensure our collective HIV goals are met 👏 #AIDS2020Virtual

"I will support facilities to restock contraceptives in every way possible."

Read about how our #India team is helping to ensure that communities continue to have access to the #contraceptive methods of their choice during #COVID19: https://t.co/NySknsLDOS

#SRH #familyplanning

#COVID19 has caused massive disruptions to contraceptive supply chains in #India & is estimated to prevent millions of people from accessing #contraceptives.

Read about our India team's efforts to maintain contraceptive stocks: https://t.co/NySknsLDOS

#SRH #familyplanning

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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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