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A wave of youth-led feminism is spreading across West and Central Africa (WCA). How can EngenderHealth and other iNGOs partner with #youth activists and feminist orgs in #WCA to advance #SRHR?

Check out our brief on supporting feminist actors in WCA ▶️ http://bit.ly/WCABrief-EH

OPCU Director Marie Ba (@MissBa) will appear Friday, May 14th at 2:45 pm GMT, on @_51percent on @France24_en to discuss topics related the sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls in West Africa and beyond. Don't miss it.

The @Rutgers_INTL Gender-Transformative Approaches (GTA) Toolkit provides guidance for integrating GTA into communities, comprehensive sexuality education, youth friendly services, advocacy, and institutions, says @jeroenlorist (@RutgersNL).

View it here: http://bit.ly/Rutgers-GTA

"Rutgers knows it's crucial to engage men for gender justice, but also that only using this approach is binary & heteronormative. Therefore, we also focus on sexual & gender diversity to ensure the rights of marginalized groups are respected & fulfilled."

-@reyDP from @RutgersID

➡️@renugolwalkar says to effectively engage men & boys, we must frame gender inequality as a societal problem.

"There is not a problem with men & boys that we are trying to fix. The problem is the prevalence of harmful gender norms and power dynamics at every level of society."

Nick Danforth, a lifelong #SRHR advocate who managed the institute that won Roe v. Wade, outlines two priorities for gender-transformative SRHR programs:

1️⃣ Build local management
2️⃣ Demonstrate engaging men is cost-effective through increased data collection

#UbuntuSymposium

Renu Golwalkar, our Director of Gender, Youth & Social Inclusion, says gender-transformative change cannot be measured through contraception uptake or healthcare usage.

"The process is as important as the end goal. We must challenge existing gender stereotypes & power dynamics."

Why is engaging men important for achieving #GenderEquality?

Participants at our @MenEngage #UbuntuSymposium session say that change is more sustainable when all people are engaged, and that everyone has a stake in achieving gender equality because everyone benefits!👏👏

🚨30 MINUTES🚨

It’s not too late to register for our @MenEngage #UbuntuSymposium session with @Rutgers_INTL!

Join us for “The Past, Present, and Future of Engaging Men in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights” at 9am ET (3pm CET/CAT) ➡️ http://bit.ly/EH-Rutgers-Session

Don't forget to register for "Amplify Her Voice!" - EngenderHealth's virtual fundraiser for sexual and reproductive health and rights ➡️ http://bit.ly/AmplifyHerVoice

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Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission

In the absence of any interventions, the likelihood that an HIV-positive mother will transmit the virus to her child during pregnancy, labor, delivery, or breastfeeding can range from 15% to 45%. However, this rate can be reduced to levels under 5% with the use of critical prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) interventions, including antiretroviral therapy for the expectant mother and her newborn child, hygienic delivery conditions, and safe infant feeding. Data released in 2013 show great progress in PMTCT over the last decade. Between 2005 and 2012, more than 850,000 new childhood infections were averted in low- and middle-income countries.

PMTCT is critical to saving lives and curbing the impact of the HIV epidemic—particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, where the majority of women living with HIV reside and where infant mortality remains high. In line with recommendations of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, EngenderHealth supports comprehensive prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV programs at hospitals in both urban and rural areas in Ethiopia and Tanzania. Our activities in these countries include:

  • Implementing interventions to prevent transmission of HIV during labor, at delivery, and following delivery (This includes counseling on safer delivery practices and safer infant feeding options and the provision of antiretroviral drugs.)
  • Improving one-on-one HIV prevention counseling, HIV testing and counseling, and the treatment and management of sexually transmitted infections
  • Ensuring that mothers and their infants receive regular follow-up care and are referred to HIV treatment and care services as needed
  • Preventing unintended pregnancies by improving family planning services
  • Educating communities about risky behaviors and promote condom use

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