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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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Sierra Leone

Despite an overall reduction in maternal mortality in recent years, Sierra Leone remains among the most dangerous places to bear children. Many women living in remote areas particularly struggle to access reproductive health services and emergency care. Basic and emergency obstetric care are now provided free of charge in public facilities, but meeting the demand for reproductive health services without sacrificing quality remains an issue.

EngenderHealth’s work in Sierra Leone focused on obstetric fistula, a vaginal injury usually caused from prolonged labor without timely medical attention. Through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)–funded Fistula Care project, EngenderHealth supported the Aberdeen Women’s Centre (AWC), a private clinic in the capital city of Freetown that is managed by the Gloag Foundation. AWC dedicates its work to the repair and prevention of obstetric fistula through the provision of high-quality delivery care, including around-the-clock cesarean sections.

Throughout the course of the EngenderHealth-supported project, AWC repaired hundreds of women with fistula. Women who had a fistula repair were offered family planning counseling, physiotherapy, and the opportunity to participate in basic life skills programs, to ease their reintegration back into society and improve their chances for better economic livelihoods.

AWC also committed itself to training and mentoring nurses in pre- and postoperative care and obstetric emergency response. AWC’s midwife-led maternity unit opened in 2010, providing high-quality delivery care for women and professional development opportunities for staff. Its successes were featured in the special Millennium Development Goal issue of Midwifery, available here.

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