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Thank you for the incredible support we have received today and throughout the year! We are passionate about sexual and reproductive health and rights, and we love working with others who are, too. Together, we're making a real difference for real people. Happy #GivingTuesday!

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.

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
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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!

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Mauritania is vast, rural West African nation with few medical providers.  Only half of all births are attended by a nurse, midwife or doctor, and preventable complications, such as eclampsia and torn placentas, contribute to the country’s high maternal and infant mortality rates.  Through the Action for West Africa Region—Reproductive Health (AWARE-RH) Project, EngenderHealth worked to improve reproductive health, family planning, and child survival in Mauritania by focusing on three key areas:

Advocating for Health Care Policies

In Mauritania, EngenderHealth advocated for appropriate policies and increased funding to improve maternal and neonatal health programs. We:

  • Worked with Mauritania’s Ministry of Health to develop a national maternal and newborn health advocacy plan;
  • Strengthened the infrastructure and added equipment at area health clinics in the Kaedi district and Golgol region to support maternal health care.

Community Mobilization

EngenderHealth and its partners worked with local village associations to expand the role of communities in the health of mothers and their babies. Community outreach educated women, men, and village elders to recognize:

  • The signs of both healthy and unhealthy pregnancies;
  • The benefits of prenatal care;
  • The importance of having emergency transportation to a health center available for pregnant women.  In Mauritania, where rural populations often live far from health centers, such advance planning is especially critical.

In addition, EngenderHealth’s initiatives led several villages in Kaedi to create a health savings system called Forfait Obstetrical, in which members save for the anticipated costs of obstetric care.

Improving prenatal and obstetric practices

EngenderHealth addressed practices as well as policies by:

  • Developing a curriculum outlining the “best practices” of obstetric care;
  • Training trainers to share best practices nationwide.
    • The initial three trainees eventually instructed 20 government reproductive health care providers at the Aleg district hospital.
  • Increasing awareness about prevention and treatment of malaria in pregnancy;
  • Supporting the Ministry of Health’s adoption of a new treatment protocol (sulfadoxine pyrimethamine) to prevent malaria in pregnant women.

EngenderHealth’s work in Mauritania ended in 2008.

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