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COVID-19: How We’re Responding

Our Work

Today we honor the legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. & his tireless efforts to advance civil rights and social justice.

EngenderHealth is committed to advancing gender equality in & through its sexual & reproductive health and rights programming.

Although #Tanzania recently lifted the ban on adolescent mothers in school, girls still do not have a guaranteed right to education. Country Rep @MasakoPrudence shares her recommendations for how Tanzania can make education accessible & inclusive.
http://ow.ly/Hzs750Hu9Bv

While child marriage still disproportionately impacts girls, UNICEF estimates that 115 million boys and men around the world were married as children.
http://ow.ly/g6jw50Hu4sy

So proud of @EngenderHealth for incorporating gender analysis and DNH into our work, including our work on safe surgery/fistula. Great leadership on our analysis framework by @renugolwalkar. We are always happy to share and discuss - reach out if you would like to engage on this! https://twitter.com/EngenderHealth/status/1479483194550497283

Although Mexico’s Supreme Court effectively decriminalized abortion last year, abortion rights are still not guaranteed across the country. Marea Verde, a collective of feminists, is working to change that. #AbortionRights #Mexico
http://ow.ly/3f4450Hsach

#MaternalMentalHealthMatters! It’s a human rights and health equity issue.

This new analysis from MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership shows the need for #MentalHealth services for women before, during, and after birth 🤰🏽 🤱🏽 https://bit.ly/3q9KK6Q

It’s estimated that 100s of thousands of women & girls are still living with #fistula. We’ve been working to #endfistula for over 15 years, including supporting over 45,200 fistula repairs & training for over 370 surgeons & 34,800 other healthcare workers.
http://ow.ly/9gC650Hp82W

MOMENTUM Safe Surgery in Family Planning & Obstetrics utilizes our GYSI Analysis Framework & Toolkit and Do No Harm Framework to integrate #gender into its work. Learn more about how @USAID_MOMENTUM includes gender in its programs in a new brief.

http://ow.ly/xoHN50Hp6MG

Starting this month, Seychelles will make menstrual products available for free in secondary schools. 🙌
#MenstrualEquity
http://ow.ly/br8150Ho0Z2

This month we’re highlighting how EngenderHealth works with and through governments and communities to strengthen health systems to be more resilient, sustainable, and equitable.

Learn more about our approach to health systems strengthening ➡️ http://ow.ly/6pRG50HmoZA

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COVID-19: Operational Response

EngenderHealth is working to protect the wellbeing of our staff, support our communities, and continue to provide our partners and programs with exceptional engagement and assistance. Our immediate priority remains the health and safety of our staff. For more than 75 years, our staff members have been the backbone of our work to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights around the world. We have taken the following measures to ensure that they and their families remain safe during this uncertain time:

  • Suspending all travel
  • Instituting work from home practices for staff based on government guidance in each country
  • Working with office managers and human resources staff to ensure we support staff who are in roles that do not lend themselves to working from home
  • Asking staff to refrain from attending in-person meetings and gatherings
  • Ensuring staff are supported if they are sick or need to care for a sick family member
  • Recommending that staff follow community guidelines on physical distancing

Still, EngenderHealth’s critical work to implement high-quality, gender-equitable programs will continue—people need contraceptive services, safe abortions, HIV and cancer screenings, and support if experiencing violence. Our teams in our African and Asian country offices are working with their government and local partners to determine how we can best accomplish our workplans and support the immediate needs of the providers and communities we serve.

 

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