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Reproductive rights are human rights. #InternationalHumanRightsDay https://t.co/K4noyWft7V

.@EngenderHealth supports the efforts towards addressing barriers to health services for adolescents & young people for achieving Universal Health Care #UHC #ICASA2019Rwanda #ICASA

#Tanzania Deputy Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly, & Children, @DocFaustine, shared progress made in increasing access to health services for young people, one of them being lowering age of consent for #HIV testing from 18 to 15 years.
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Delighted to have @DocFaustine, Deputy Minister for Health #Tanzania, stop by our poster on, "Approaches to Reaching Men with HIV Services”. He emphasized a comprehensive approach for male-friendly health services. #ICASA2019Rwanda
@USAID @PEPFAR @PMIgov @Deloitte @fhi360 @MDHTZ

We are excited to be present and participate in the Global Health Landscape Symposium hosted by @GlobalHealthOrg to discuss how we can #DemocratizeGlobalHealth!
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[Synthèse #RAPO19] Quelques points saillants (3)
- Investir dans la recherche pour accélérer l’ #innovation
- Renforcer la collaboration et la recherche de nouveaux #partenaires
- Renforcer la Coordination des interventions et acteurs
#PlanificationFamiliale

Welcome! We look forward to working and learning with you @CIFF @DFID_UK @EngenderHealth https://t.co/oALVfmu1WB

This week @EngenderHealth is attending #ICASA2019Rwanda on #AIDS and #STIs, learning and sharing along with partners from @USAID’s Boresha Afya Southern Zone Program in #Tanzania. cc: @PEPFAR @PMIgov @Deloitte @fhi360 @MDHTZ
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Every time a woman speaks up about her experience of sexual violence and she’s not believed, rape culture flourishes. Every time you hear a survivor’s story: 1-Listen. 2-Believe. 3-Support. https://t.co/FG2M7sWbdk #orangetheworld #GenerationEquality

Great session! One takeaway from Maria Bakaroudis of @UNFPA_ESARO: Training and supportive supervision of healthcare providers on rights and needs of people with disabilities is key for provision of respectful care & inclusive health services #ICASA2019Rwanda #ICASA2019

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Overview

Today, an estimated 220 million women worldwide want to avoid pregnancy and plan their families but lack access to modern contraception. Family planning does more than help women and couples determine the size of their families: It safeguards individual health and rights, preserves natural resources, and can improve economic outcomes for families and communities. Family planning also saves lives—up to one-third of all maternal deaths and illnesses could be prevented if women had access to contraception.

The need for quality family planning services is all the more urgent today because more than 1.2 billion young people ages 15 to 24 are entering their reproductive years, comprising about 18% of the world’s population—the largest adolescent contingent in human history. Eighty-eight percent of these young people live in the developing world.

EngenderHealth in Action
Across the globe, EngenderHealth has proven that even in resource-poor settings, family planning services can be safe, effective, and affordable. EngenderHealth partners with governments, national health systems, community organizations, policymakers, and health care providers to:

  • Improve the safety, efficacy, and quality of family planning services
  • Increase contraceptive options
  • Ensure that women are able to make informed choices
  • Strengthen and expand family planning services by making available additional reproductive health services that women and their families need, including HIV and AIDS services, and antenatal and obstetric care
  • Ensure continuing financial and social investment in family planning

Recognizing the need for accountability systems to be in place to ensure that family planning programs are voluntary and protect and fulfill women’s rights, EngenderHealth is taking a lead role in outlining steps needed to integrate human rights into family planning programming. With the goal of ensuring that family planning programs are woman-centered and rights-focused, EngenderHealth’s work strives to operationalize human rights at the policy, service delivery, and community levels.

Long-acting and permanent methods of contraception, such as intrauterine devices (IUDs), implants, female sterilization, and vasectomy, are safe, convenient, and cost-effective—yet, they are highly underutilized and are often the most difficult to obtain. EngenderHealth works to change this by expanding access to new contraceptive technologies in low-resource areas, specifically ensuring that long-acting and permanent contraceptive methods are included in the range of options available to women and their families.

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