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Also, mark your calendars for March 8, 2021! We are hosting a virtual event on #InternationalWomensDay entitled, “Towards a Fistula-Free Future: 15 Years of Breakthroughs and Program Impact.” Register today: http://bit.ly/FCPlus-Webinar

Thanks everyone! The FC+ website is a great place to start for more information and resources on fistula prevention and treatment, including research results, project reports, and stories from providers and clients. http://bit.ly/fistularesources https://twitter.com/EngenderHealth/status/1364608432880443393

Obstetric fistula is a beacon of inequality, as it occurs where women are already living with limited resources and access to healthcare. Additionally, once fistula occurs, women often face significant stigma and isolation which can impact their social and economic wellbeing. https://twitter.com/EngenderHealth/status/1364605591528886273

We also must strengthen the healthcare workforce, particularly by supporting high-quality surgical training to ensure women receive quality c-sections when needed–a focus of the new @USAID_MOMENTUM Safe Surgery in Family Planning & Obstetrics project led by @EngenderHealth.

Great question! To truly #EndFistula, we must prevent new cases while treating existing ones. Some keys to fistula prevention are girls’ education, addressing poverty, delaying marriage age, access to sexual & repro healthcare, and timely & high-quality emergency obstetric care. https://twitter.com/EngenderHealth/status/1364605397756182530

Yes. Depending on severity, there are surgical & non-surgical treatment options. The Fistula Care Plus (FC+) project works to strengthen the entire continuum of care–from prevention to fistula diagnosis, safe surgical repair, rehabilitation, & reintegration back to her community. https://twitter.com/EngenderHealth/status/1364605303858282499

Obstetric fistula is a maternal injury that can occur from prolonged/obstructed labor where a woman is left with a hole in the birth canal that leaks urine and/or feces. An estimated 2 million women live with this devastating condition–almost all in low & middle-income countries. https://twitter.com/EngenderHealth/status/1364598320333791237

Starting now! Tune in to for an interactive session on obstetric fistula with the @USAID @fistulacare Plus project.

"Everyone, equally, has a human right to health. However, our health systems, communities, and nations do not support people's health equally or equitably."

Read the full text from @EngenderHealth & @POuagaPF on diversity and solidarity in global health: https://bit.ly/3uvFsCO

Prioritize inclusion of people who suffer the most from inequities in health and health-care for designing solutions to address their needs. Commentary with @EngenderHealth team who talk about #power & #DiversityandInclusion in global health @TraciLBaird https://www.thelancet.com/journals/langlo/article/PIIS2214-109X(21)00029-2/fulltext#%20

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Tanzania

Tanzania is home to roughly 56.32 million people, most of whom live in rural areas with limited access to reproductive healthcare. As a result, 22% of Tanzanian women would like to plan their families but do not have access to contraceptives, many pregnant Tanzanian women do not receive testing or counseling for HIV, and only 63% of Tanzanian mothers deliver their babies at a health facility.

Since 1982, EngenderHealth has served as a key partner to the Government of Tanzania’s Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, the Elderly, and Children and has contributed to changing the healthcare landscapeexpanding access to sexual and reproductive health services across the country. Today, long-acting reversible contraception and permanent methods of contraception are in especially high demand in Tanzania

EngenderHealth has also led the integration of family planning with HIV and comprehensive postabortion care services. The expansion of our family planning programs across all regions of the country has contributed to women having a wider choice of contraceptive methods, including hormonal implants, intrauterine devices, and permanent methodsWe support public health facilities to increase access to and use of family planning through routine services and family planning events, as well as support the health system to use mobileoutreach services to improve access for hard-to-reach communities.

Current Projects: 

  • Scaling Up Family Planning Programme (SuFP) (2019-2024): EngenderHealth is scaling up access to and utilization of quality family planning services in eight regions of Tanzania mainland and all five regions in Zanzibar. 
  • USAID Boresha Afya Projects (2016-2021)EngenderHealth supports the integration of gender-transformative approaches to increasing access to quality, comprehensive, and integrated health services, particularly for women and youth and with a focus on HIV/AIDSfamily planning/reproductive healthmaternal, newborn, and child health; tuberculosis; and malaria. 
  • Expanding Access to Postabortion Care Project (2016-2020): EngenderHealth focuses on increasing the number of women and girls accessing government-led, high-quality, gender-equitable, and youth-friendly contraceptive and postabortion care services. 
  • Postabortion Care Family Planning (PAC-FP) Project (2014-2020): The PAC-FP Project contributes to reductions in preventable child and maternal deaths by expanding the method mix of contraceptives available to comprehensive postabortion care clients with an emphasis on long-acting reversible contraception. 

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