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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

We also must strengthen the healthcare workforce, particularly by supporting high-quality surgical training to ensure women receive quality c-sections when needed–a focus of the new @USAID_MOMENTUM Safe Surgery in Family Planning & Obstetrics project led by @EngenderHealth.

Great question! To truly #EndFistula, we must prevent new cases while treating existing ones. Some keys to fistula prevention are girls’ education, addressing poverty, delaying marriage age, access to sexual & repro healthcare, and timely & high-quality emergency obstetric care. https://twitter.com/EngenderHealth/status/1364605397756182530

Yes. Depending on severity, there are surgical & non-surgical treatment options. The Fistula Care Plus (FC+) project works to strengthen the entire continuum of care–from prevention to fistula diagnosis, safe surgical repair, rehabilitation, & reintegration back to her community. https://twitter.com/EngenderHealth/status/1364605303858282499

Obstetric fistula is a maternal injury that can occur from prolonged/obstructed labor where a woman is left with a hole in the birth canal that leaks urine and/or feces. An estimated 2 million women live with this devastating condition–almost all in low & middle-income countries. https://twitter.com/EngenderHealth/status/1364598320333791237

Starting now! Tune in to for an interactive session on obstetric fistula with the @USAID @fistulacare Plus project.

"Everyone, equally, has a human right to health. However, our health systems, communities, and nations do not support people's health equally or equitably."

Read the full text from @EngenderHealth & @POuagaPF on diversity and solidarity in global health: https://bit.ly/3uvFsCO

Prioritize inclusion of people who suffer the most from inequities in health and health-care for designing solutions to address their needs. Commentary with @EngenderHealth team who talk about #power & #DiversityandInclusion in global health @TraciLBaird https://www.thelancet.com/journals/langlo/article/PIIS2214-109X(21)00029-2/fulltext#%20

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MAP Digital Stories: India

In India, as in many parts of the world, a woman’s increased vulnerability to HIV infection is largely a result of unequal gender roles. Male dominance in relationships, combined with peer pressure and traditional views of masculinity, often interferes with safe sexual practices. Furthermore, in India, rape occurs twice every minute, and nearly half of married men admit to physically abusing their wives. These problems transcend geography, economic status, and culture. Although many programs tackle these issues, they often focus on women and ignore the role of men.

EngenderHealth India saw this as an important opportunity. By partnering with local organizations, and adapting the global Men As Partners (MAP) program, EngenderHealth developed community-based, peer-driven interventions with young men and boys. The results were dramatic: men thoughtfully engaged in discussions, role-playing, and games about gender issues. The MAP workshops created real change in participant’s attitudes toward women. Furthermore, as a gender-related HIV awareness and support program, it is the first of its kind in Asia.

EngenderHealth India has produced several videos that document the goals, approaches, and successes of its MAP work. All of these can be viewed online, by clicking on the links below.

Life: The Positive Way
In these digital stories, Indian men share how their HIV-positive status has affected their attitudes and the lives of their families and friends. Each one highlights a variety of interrelated topics—sexuality, disclosure, masculinity, positive living, prevention, and more. The videos were produced as part of EngenderHealth’s Men As Partners in Positive Prevention program, which works in Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh to engage HIV-positive men as responsible partners in prevention. The men have all become MAP advocates, working to help other HIV-positive people in their communities.

Related videos include:

  • Men Today, Men Tomorrow
    Indian entertainment star Jaaved Jaffri hosts this short film, which uses interviews with HIV-positive men and their families to illustrate how EngenderHealth’s Men As Partners in Positive Prevention program supports men in preventing HIV transmission. Watch it online.
  • Express Male: A Movement
    Hosted by popular Indian actress Ratna Pathak Shah, this video explains the techniques and outcomes of the Men As Partners workshops led by EngenderHealth. It includes interviews with participants and shows how their attitudes and actions improved. The results are clear: MAP in India is a practical model for intervention and is the beginning of a movement toward gender equality. Watch it online.

The video series “Life, the Positive Way” was produced through funding by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). The opinions expressed in the stories are of the participants only and not necessarily those of DFID or EngenderHealth. Partner organizations include the Gujarat State Network of People Living with HIV and AIDS (GSNP+), the Uttar Pradesh Network of Positive People (UPNP+), the Gujarat State AIDS Control Society (GSACS), and the Uttar Pradesh State AIDS Control Society (UPSACS).

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