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Through the @Hewlett_Found-supported project in West and Central Africa, we partner with @JVSAssociation in Bénin to create an enabling environment for youth access to #SRHR, including safe abortions.

Check out their "My Choice" twitter campaign! ⬇️

In anticipation of International Women’s Day on March 8, we’ll spend the week highlighting programs that are contributing to a more gender equal world. Stay tuned for #InternationalWomensDay Spotlights!

How we're advancing #genderequality through #SRHR: ➡️http://bit.ly/GE-SRHR

Addressing fistula is key to advancing #SRHR.

Since 2005, EngenderHealth has supported over 45,000 fistula repairs thanks to @USAID. Learn about advancements in fistula care across Africa & Asia at our event on March 8: http://bit.ly/FCPlus-Webinar

@fistulacare @USAIDGH #IWD2021

The @USAID-funded @fistulacare project takes a diverse approach to reducing barriers to fistula care. A key component of preventing fistula is expanding access to high-quality sexual and reproductive health services.

➡️Learn more: http://bit.ly/FCPlus-Webinar

#IWD2021 @USAIDGH

EngenderHealth supports capacity building & GBV awareness creation at Arbaminch Hospital, an integrated care center for GBV screening, counseling, treatment, and legal aid in Ethiopia. We were honored to host state officials to learn about successes & challenges in this model.

Yesterday, you heard about fistula from the @USAID-funded @fistulacare Plus project. To learn about how we’ve worked with partners to prevent & treat fistula over 15 years, join @fistulacare & @usaidGH for “Towards a Fistula-Free Future” on March 8!

➡️http://bit.ly/FCPlus-Webinar

Warmest congratulations to Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the new U.S. Ambassador to the @UN. We @UNFPA wish you every success and look forward to working with you to protect the health and advance the rights of women and girls around the world. @LindaT_G @USUN

http://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/23/us/politics/linda-thomas-greenfield-ambassador-united-nations.html

Also, mark your calendars for March 8, 2021! We are hosting a virtual event on #InternationalWomensDay entitled, “Towards a Fistula-Free Future: 15 Years of Breakthroughs and Program Impact.” Register today: http://bit.ly/FCPlus-Webinar

Thanks everyone! The FC+ website is a great place to start for more information and resources on fistula prevention and treatment, including research results, project reports, and stories from providers and clients. http://bit.ly/fistularesources https://twitter.com/EngenderHealth/status/1364608432880443393

Obstetric fistula is a beacon of inequality, as it occurs where women are already living with limited resources and access to healthcare. Additionally, once fistula occurs, women often face significant stigma and isolation which can impact their social and economic wellbeing. https://twitter.com/EngenderHealth/status/1364605591528886273

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Stories

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.

 

Greater Hope in the Fight to End Fistula

Through the Fistula Care Plus Project, women like Kadiatou Diallo are able to restore their health and dignity. Read her story.


Standing Up Against Child Marriage

With the help of an EngenderHealth supported program, Manisha was able to evade child marriage in India. Read her story.


Tackling Gender-Based Violence and Promoting Gender Equality

Through EngenderHealth’s vocational training program in Malawi, Bertha Namala was able to obtain the skills she needs to support her family. Read her story.


“Contraception Helped Turn My Life Around”

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 grassroots of society to change the lives of girls and women.” Read her story.


Empowering Women with Choices to Plan Their Futures

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.


A Renewed Opportunity to Pursue Her Dreams

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.


A Young Couple Uses and Promotes Family Planning in Their Community

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.


Men Play a Role in Women’s Health

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.


Bringing Peace to “Homes, Communities, and Countries”

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.


Diary of a Family Planning Counselor: Empowering Women and Saving Their Lives

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.


In Their Own Words: Stories from Garment Factory Workers in Bangladesh

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 Ramadhani: Sharing Her Story to Save Others’ Lives

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.


Police Officer Daisylou Oñes: A Spark for Positive Change

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: A Young Woman Gives Back to Help Others

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.

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