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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.
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While child marriage still disproportionately impacts girls, UNICEF estimates that 115 million boys and men around the world were married as children.
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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
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#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.

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Starting this month, Seychelles will make menstrual products available for free in secondary schools. 🙌
#MenstrualEquity
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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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TARUNYA Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health (ARSH)

In Jharkhand today, 63% of adolescent girls are married before they reach 18, and at least one in four 15- to 19-year-olds is a mother. And without access to reproductive health services, few girls—or their husbands and families—understand the risks of early pregnancy and anemia or even have access to family planning.

EngenderHealth is working to change this reality for adolescents in India. Through the Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health (TARUNYA-ARSH) Project, EngenderHealth has partnered with the governments of Jharkhand and Bihar states to improve young people’s access to and use of quality and sustainable reproductive and sexual health services. The project has three components:

  1. Improving the availability and quality of health services for young people in India by increasing health care professionals’ awareness about the sexual and reproductive health needs of adolescents;
  2. Educating young people about their sexual and reproductive health and the availability of youth-friendly services; and
  3. Advocating for supportive policies to ensure a safe, comfortable, and responsive environment for adolescents to access health services.

Over eight years, The TARUNYA-ARSH project has achieved important, long-lasting change for adolescents in India. Our advocacy efforts and technical assistance have contributed to strong government support and funding for ARSH services in both Jharkhand and Bihar states.  Specifically, the project helped the governments establish an Adolescent Technical Advocacy Sub-Group, allocate more resources to ARSH, and adopt monitoring and supervision tools developed by the project. TARUNYA-ARSH has also advocated for and supported Adolescent Health Day (AHD), a state initiative to increase ARSH service uptake. In a third-party evaluation of the project conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), state, district, and local health managers highlighted the useful contribution that the project has made to date in moving the ARSH agenda forward..

The TARUNYA/ARSH project is supported by the generous contributions of the David & Lucile Packard Foundation.

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