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An honor to meet @CMofKarnataka and hear his commitment and energy for health and education. @EngenderHealth is proud to partner with the State of Karnataka on #familyplanning . https://t.co/B3qgzJthb4

Thank you for your leadership, @Shivanand_S_P

Passionate community health workers and #FamilyPlanning users shared stories, hopes, and challenges today - and we took lots of pics together. @EngenderHealth

Wrapped up day two of meetings with @EngenderHealth's India team and our dynamic partners in Delhi. Excellent conversations about mutual commitment to & strategies for #familyplanning, #genderequality, #safeabortion, & more. Next: site visits and meetings in Bangalore!

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Happy 2019! Are you passionate about leveraging digital communications to advance #SRHR *and* thinking about a new job in the new year? Then check out this opportunity: https://t.co/a2RjKtk35e #DC #digital #communications #jobs

Thank you for your great service on the board, and for your continued support, @markcha! Together we are making a real difference for people, families, and communities in countries around the world.

And we look forward to more progress for #genderequality in 2019 and beyond!

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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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