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#Genderequality in healthcare matters. Women account for 70% of all #healthworkers yet face discrimination, harassment, and lower pay on the job. https://t.co/7TtGieNi8B Via @WHO.

An important report with compelling data and analysis on #genderequity and #WomeninGH . "Lack of gender balance in health leadership means global health loses female talent, perspectives and knowledge." Thank you @womeninGH @WHO https://t.co/Q5SfvW8nKI

Empowering out-of-school adolescent girls and young women with vocational skills training so as to mitigate their vulnerability to GBV. This young lady receives her tailoring machine after finishing her training @EngenderHealth @USEmbassyLLW

@TraciLBaird @EngenderHealth It was an honor and a pleasure to have Traci Baird with us at the U of U, as the inaugural lecturer of the Women’s Leadership in Global Health. A true living example!

I had a great time speaking with faculty and staff working on #globalhealth at the University of Utah yesterday. I appreciated their interest in @EngenderHealth’s commitment to #genderequality in our programs and for our organization. Thank you @globalhealthuu!

Call to action made by speakers at @WomenDeliver #csw19 side event: Make donors develop sustainable funding plans, break the glass ceiling & bring in women to leadership positions, building on the development and humanitarian nexus. #Humanitarian4Her

The 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, #CSW63, is now underway!

Opening remarks from our Executive Director @phumzileunwomen : https://t.co/Mgo0Uh5Hic

Thank you for your leadership and partnership, Dr Kanem @Atayeshe, @UNFPA, @WomenDeliver #CSW63 #ICPD25

"I am passionate about a woman’s right to control her own health care—especially as it relates to pregnancy. Thank you to the health professionals who make this possible—especially abortion providers." -@TraciLBaird #CelebrateAbortionProviders #NDAAP

When #shedecides #withoutquestion it is a better world. #period @RutgersNL @SheDecidesGFI

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The Gambia River runs through the center of this small country of 1.5 million. Yet only one-sixth of the land is arable, used mainly to produce The Gambia’s main cash crop: peanuts. Gambia is also marked by high maternal mortality rate and low contraceptive prevalence, with only 10% of married women using contraceptives.

In an effort to improve these health indicators, The Gambia is one of 21 West African countries included in EngenderHealth’s Action for West Africa Region—Reproductive Health (AWARE-RH) Project. From its launch in 2003 until its close in 2008, this USAID-funded project worked in The Gambia to:

Expanding Contraceptive Options
Through the AWARE-RH Project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), EngenderHealth worked in The Gambia to:

  • Expand IUD use by providing health clinics with IUD insertion and removal kits; and
  • Train health clinic staff to use contraceptive logistic management, a system designed to help ensure a consistent supply of contraceptives.

Making Motherhood Safer
Complications of pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death and disability for childbearing women in The Gambia. To change this, EngenderHealth worked in The Gambia to:

  • Train clinicians to recognize and treat pre-eclampsia and eclampsia
    • Also, to expand access to magnesium sulfate, an effective, safe, and low-cost medication that can treat pre-eclampsia and eclampsia.
  • Develop a new treatment protocol (sulfadoxine pyrimethamine) to prevent malaria in pregnant women;
  • Train health care workers in HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis treatment;
  • Encourage The Gambia’s Ministry of Health to introduce Artemisin combination therapy to treat malaria;
  • Introduce self-assessment tools for health clinics to conduct and monitor malaria control and prevention efforts.

EngenderHealth’s work in The Gambia ended in 2008.

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