Over more than 70 years, EngenderHealth has helped millions of women and their families have better lives. As you read through just a few of these stories from clients and healthcare workers, you will understand our impact even more.
Sheila, a 25-year-old woman in India, said, “I am happy that there are organizations that train medical practitioners and work at the very grass roots of society to change the lives of girls and women.” Read her story.
Meet Michaelle and Rose, two women who have come to a community health center in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, to receive free contraceptives and family planning advice and counseling. “Family planning will enable me to work and take care of my kids,” Rose says. Read their story.
Fortunately for Belle Fille, a nurse at the hospital counseled her about fistula repair surgery and referred her to services provided at the Saint Joseph Hospital in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Read her story.
Kizza and Katusemi, residents of the Hoima District of Uganda, were in their late teens when they married. Five years later, they have two healthy little girls. Kizza, a farmer, and Katusemi, a nursery school teacher, are happy in life. Read their story.
Balor Rahman Babul, a vasectomy client in India, has become an outspoken supporter of this family planning method. “I feel it is my responsibility to speak about the method, and I know that as a folksinger, when I sing about this method, people are more receptive.” Read his story.
During a visit to EngenderHealth’s U.S. headquarters, Burundi Program Manager Ida Ntawundora sat down to talk about Burundians Responding Against Violence and Inequality (BRAVI), a project that aims to improve efforts to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence. Read her interview.
Meet Tigist Terefe, who sees family planning as one way to empower women in Ethiopia. By reducing maternal mortality and ensuring that families can afford to educate all of their children, including girls, women’s ability to access economic opportunities will grow. Read her story.
Fatema Begum has worked at the Versatile Apparel garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, for many years. In addition to her regular duties, she now has a special role: She is a peer educator teaching other garment workers about family planning. It is part of a pioneering program from EngenderHealth to provide family planning services onsite at garment factories. Read her story.
Julia, a resident of Mwanza, Tanzania, said, “I was almost dying, were it not for the postabortion care services at Sekou Toure. With this family planning method, I now know that I am safe from unwanted pregnancies.” Having benefited from the advantages of planning, she is now a strong advocate for choice and empowerment. Read her story.
Meet Daisylou Oñes, who believes that family planning has made a big difference in her life and in the lives of those she cares for. “I grew up in a family of 11 children. My husband has eight siblings. Although our parents tried hard, they had to prioritize our needs… I do not want my children to experience the adversities that we endured. That’s why we opted for family planning.” Read her story.
Sarah Weaver was only 19 when she realized that she was pregnant. She remembered, “I didn’t know about the options that I had—whether it was birth control before I got pregnant or clinic-based services afterwards to make sure that I stay healthy.” Life came back full circle for Sarah when she became a peer educator for the Re:MIX program with EngenderHealth in Austin, Texas. Read her story.