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Today is #GivingTuesday, a day to give back & to kick off the giving season. You can give the gift of safe, secure #reproductivehealth to women and girls around the world, and whatever amount you give, it will be doubled.
#familyplanning
#SRHR

Sexual and gender-based violence undermines the health, dignity, security and autonomy of women and girls.
Yet #SGBV remains shrouded in a culture of silence.
📣 Speaking out
brings us a step closer towards justice & healing.

We’re inspired! Over the last four days, we asked delegates at #ICFP2018 to share their commitments to #familyplanning. We heard from youth advocates, leaders, activists, scientists, researchers, and more!

Follow us on Instagram to see what they said: https://t.co/Kwz4amCOGy

Closing statement for @ICFP2018 by @EllenJMacKenzie dean of @JohnsHopkinsSPH: I've been inspired by all of the great work going on in many different countries. Whenever young people get involved, good things happen. You bring the audacity of hope. #ICFP2018 #ICFPYouth

Our President & CEO @TraciLBaird shares her commitment to advance gender equity at #ICFP2018.

More about our new CEO and her vision for success: https://t.co/R8lKgYp641
#genderequality #familyplanning

Staff had fun brainstorming responses to this challenge - and we are thrilled to be a finalist! https://t.co/0g18FFrItv

Thank you to the government and people of #Rwanda for hosting #ICFP2018. Delightful hosts and role models for a global discussion of #familyplanning. Murakoze! #familyplanning2020

“The most essential ingredient is the determination to do something. And to do it with what you have.” THIS is what an #FPSuperhero looks like! @FP2020Global #ICFP2018

Congratulations Uganda and Burkina Faso for winning the Excellence in Leadership for #FamilyPlanning at the country level awards at #ICFP0218!

Mustafa Kudrati, our Vice President of Transformative Programs at @EngenderHealth, commits to enhance women’s voices & leadership in #familyplanning.

More about his work: https://t.co/Mdqjtk9nHg #ICFP2018

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Kenya

Kenya faces a reproductive health care crisis caused by two converging trends-increased demands for care due to a young population, and the HIV epidemic. And after decades of improvement, child mortality rates are worsening. Fundamental changes in how Kenyans receive health care are needed.

EngenderHealth’s work in Kenya dates to 1982 and has expanded through the years in response to evolving needs. Initially, our family planning programs focused on training doctors in safer, more client-centered surgical sterilization and counseling styles. Today, EngenderHealth’s breadth of work includes maternal health care, HIV prevention, child survival initiatives, and more.

Reducing HIV Infections Through Male Circumcision
Research has suggested that male circumcision reduces the risk of female to male HIV transmission by more than 50%, In response to this situation, EngenderHealth is working to improve the quality of and access to male circumcision services in Kenya through the Male Circumcision Consortium. Launched by EngenderHealth, Family Health International, and the University of Illinois at Chicago in November 2008, the Consortium works to expand voluntary medical circumcision services in Kenya as part of an overall strategy to reduce HIV infections in men.

In 2009, EngenderHealth, working with Weill Cornell Medical Center and the Kenyan Ministry of Health, completed a pilot study of the Shang Ring, a device for male circumcision that dramatically reduces the time it takes to perform the procedure. This efficient and simple tool stands to greatly increase the productivity of large-scale male circumcision efforts by:

  • Reducing costs to the health system
  • Improving safety
  • Allowing for use by non-physicians

Through a grant to FHI from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, EngenderHealth and Cornell are working with FHI to conduct additional studies to better understand how the Shang Ring might transform the provision of male circumcision services in Africa. The research consists of a safety study and a randomized controlled trial to compare the Shang Ring with conventional surgery.

Previous Work

Implementing Community-Based Postabortion Care
Abortion and abortion-related complications account for almost half of all gynecological admissions in Kenya, and are particularly problematic in the Rift Valley. The high number of people who want to practice family planning but lack access to contraception, stigma and lack of knowledge about bleeding during pregnancy, and lack of post-abortion care services are some of the factors that contribute to the acute situation in the Rift Valley.

The RESPOND Project at EngenderHealth supported the Ministry of Health in the Naivasha district of the Rift Valley province to implement a community strategy that enhances access to health care and establishes sustainable systems for service provision.

This model emphasizes community engagement to improve maternal health and also involved:

  • Training health care professionals in comprehensive postabortion care
  • Equipping health facilities
  • Developing communication materials to educate communities about the availability of health services

Building on previous work conducted in Nakuru, Kenya (2005-2007) EngenderHealth and its partners sought to increase community knowledge about danger signs of abortion-related complications, locations of services, and family planning-related information, as well as encourage communities to take action for their health.

Long Acting and Permanent Methods of Contraception
The RESPOND Project supported the Kenyan Ministry of Health in implementing a national strategy to increase access to and use of long-acting and permanent methods of contraception (LA/PMs). This work included:

  • Assessing and updating training materials
  • Training trainers of health care providers
  • Strengthening collaborative partnerships to increase use of LA/PMs
  • Conducting national Facilitative Supervision training with an emphasis on FP and LA/PMs
  • Advocating for contraceptive security for long-acting and permanent methods using Reality √: A Planning and Advocacy Tool for Family Planning Programming

Improving Comprehensive Health Care in Nyanza
Nyanza province has Kenya’s highest HIV and infant and child mortality rates-as well as the highest number of people who want to practice family planning but lack access to contraception. From 2006-2010, the APHIA II Nyanza Project, EngenderHealth and its partners:

Taking a holistic approach, EngenderHealth worked with the Kenyan government and local faith- and community-based groups to:

  • Enhance the quality of health services
  • Raise awareness of and promote healthier behaviors
  • Reduce the stigma associated with HIV
  • Improve home and community support for vulnerable children

In addition, encouraging and improving access to male circumcision was an important strategy for decreasing HIV in Nyanza. EngenderHealth worked to advance voluntary male circumcision in the region, and promote its integration with other health services, making it more accessible to local men.

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