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We love this #vintage ad from @FPACharity advocating getting educated on #familyplanning ! It is as important today as it has ever been. #WheresTheFP #TBT

Pig intestines used as condoms?!? See this and more of History's Worst Contraceptives here: https://t.co/JZHqdN401r #WherestheFP #TBT

The face of vulnerability is adolescent girls & key populations. We need to think about #SDGs & what it means to live w full dignity. Prevention implies access to information, timely respectful services & understanding we are in a time of crisis. @UNFPA
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We love the implant & all other forms of #contraception allowing millions to plan & space #pregnancies. How #empowering is that?! #WheresTheFP

Our wisdom: increasing access to #familyplanning helps women go further in their education, work & life! #WheresTheFP

A 16-year-old girl living with HIV asked for a hug. This is how people responded.

#AIDS2018

Leaving no one behind means placing women at the center of the decision-making spaces in the HIV response. https://t.co/kNhzGjBbrp #AIDS2018 @AIDS_Conference

Breaking out of our echo chambers: cutting through the noise with creative storytelling about HIV. https://t.co/BiKfwjh98k. #AIDS2018

Human rights are far more than just inspiring words. They are the foundations of our progress, indispensable for peace and sustainable development. https://t.co/a1HgGD42zS via @antonioguterres

📷 UN Photo/JM Ferré

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Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan, an oil-rich country of more than 8 million people, gained independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991. Despite recent economic gains, a large portion of the Azerbaijani population still lives in poverty, and while peace talks are underway, a long-term conflict with Armenia has displaced more than one million people, exacerbating gaps in access to health care.

Where health care is available, most doctors and nurses have limited information about contraceptives, and few have received training to provide family planning services or counseling about how to choose the best method.  Thus, while the majority of Azerbaijani women aged 25 and older have achieved their desired family size and do not want more children, prior to EngenderHealth’s work only 14% of married couples used modern contraceptives, which are often perceived as unsafe and expensive.  Like in many former Soviet republics, abortion is common in Azerbaijan.

To address the need for improved reproductive health care, from 2004-2010 EngenderHealth and Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Health launched several programs that reached out to health care providers and Azerbaijani women and men through the ACQUIRE Project.  These projects succeeded in:

  • Strengthening the reproductive health care system by introducing new policies, guidelines, and medical protocols, and developing a national strategy
  • Improving the quality of services by training doctors, nurses, and pharmacists to provide family planning services, and improving patient counseling and infection prevention practices—now the majority of providers are compliant with national standards for service delivery
  • Expanding the availability of affordable contraception by partnering with international pharmaceutical companies and local pharmacies, and enhancing supply channels
  • Increasing community awareness of family planning by developing a network of peer educators and launching a nationwide TV campaign to promote various modern contraceptive methods

In districts where the project was implemented, the percentage of women age 15-49 using a modern method of contraception increased from 10% to 40.7%.

EngenderHealth/ACQUIRE also assisted the government in developing a national reproductive health strategy and clinical protocols to expand access to family planning for all Azerbaijanis.

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