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Through the @Hewlett_Found-supported project in West and Central Africa, we partner with @JVSAssociation in Bénin to create an enabling environment for youth access to #SRHR, including safe abortions.

Check out their "My Choice" twitter campaign! ⬇️

In anticipation of International Women’s Day on March 8, we’ll spend the week highlighting programs that are contributing to a more gender equal world. Stay tuned for #InternationalWomensDay Spotlights!

How we're advancing #genderequality through #SRHR: ➡️http://bit.ly/GE-SRHR

Addressing fistula is key to advancing #SRHR.

Since 2005, EngenderHealth has supported over 45,000 fistula repairs thanks to @USAID. Learn about advancements in fistula care across Africa & Asia at our event on March 8: http://bit.ly/FCPlus-Webinar

@fistulacare @USAIDGH #IWD2021

The @USAID-funded @fistulacare project takes a diverse approach to reducing barriers to fistula care. A key component of preventing fistula is expanding access to high-quality sexual and reproductive health services.

➡️Learn more: http://bit.ly/FCPlus-Webinar

#IWD2021 @USAIDGH

EngenderHealth supports capacity building & GBV awareness creation at Arbaminch Hospital, an integrated care center for GBV screening, counseling, treatment, and legal aid in Ethiopia. We were honored to host state officials to learn about successes & challenges in this model.

Yesterday, you heard about fistula from the @USAID-funded @fistulacare Plus project. To learn about how we’ve worked with partners to prevent & treat fistula over 15 years, join @fistulacare & @usaidGH for “Towards a Fistula-Free Future” on March 8!

➡️http://bit.ly/FCPlus-Webinar

Warmest congratulations to Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the new U.S. Ambassador to the @UN. We @UNFPA wish you every success and look forward to working with you to protect the health and advance the rights of women and girls around the world. @LindaT_G @USUN

http://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/23/us/politics/linda-thomas-greenfield-ambassador-united-nations.html

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

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The CHAMPION Project

The CHAMPION Project was an innovative six-year initiative (2008-2014) to increase men’s positive involvement in preventing the spread of HIV in Tanzania. Supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development through the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the project took a holistic approach to HIV prevention and addresses the underlying gender issues that drive HIV transmission.

Because of power imbalances in sexual relationships, women are particularly vulnerable to HIV infection. More than half of the 1.4 million people living with HIV in Tanzania are women. To lessen the impact of HIV on women and to improve the health of both women and men, gender-related behavior and roles need to be addressed. CHAMPION worked closely with the Government of Tanzania, local partners, and communities across Tanzania to reduce men’s high-risk sexual behaviors by:

  • Reducing men’s high-risk behaviors
  • Promoting fidelity and a reduction in the number of sexual partners
  • Eliminating gender-based violence
  • Increasing men’s participation in health services

CHAMPION built on EngenderHealth’s Men As Partners and HIV programs and involved collaboration with FHI 360 and diverse local partners, including the Tanzania Commission for AIDS, the National Muslim Council of Tanzania, and soccer clubs.

Key Project Achievements

Over the life of the project, CHAMPION reached over 345,000 individuals with HIV and reproductive health interventions, and over 260,000 individuals with gender-based violence prevention interventions.

CHAMPION’s programming principles, strategic approach, and utilization of best practices provided the foundation for effective programs that contributed to the achievement of the project’s goal. These achievements have been highlighted in 16 project briefs, available below as PDF files.

  1. Channeling Men’s Positive Involvement in the National HIV/AIDS Response in Tanzania: An Overview of the CHAMPION Project
  2. Engaging Men As Partners in Health: Promoting Equitable Gender Norms through Male Engagement in Tanzania
  3. CoupleConnect: A Gender-Transformative Approach to HIV Prevention for Tanzanian Couples
  4. Empowering Communities to Lead: Strengthening Community Capacity to Challenge Gender Norms, Reduce HIV Risk, and Improve Reproductive Health in Tanzania
  5. Community Matters: Fostering Community-Level Champions in Addressing HIV and Gender-Based Violence in Tanzania
  6. Vunja Ukimya, Zungumza na Mwenzio: A Mass Media Campaign to Motivate Couples to Communicate Effectively for HIV-Free Households
  7. Healthy Men, Healthy Families: Promoting Positive Health-Seeking Behavior among Men through Male-Friendly Health Services
  8. CHAMPION@Work for Tanzania: A Comprehensive, Gender-Transformative Approach to Preventing HIV through the World of Wor
  9. CHAMPION@Work for the Millennium Challenge Account —Tanzania: Expanding Workplace HIV Interventions to Mobile Workers
  10. Tanzania Works: Advocacy Recommendations for Stronger Gender-Responsive Workplace HIV and AIDS Policies
  11. Prevention through Partnership: The Tripartite Plus Forum for HIV and AIDS and the World of Work in Tanzania
  12. MenEngage Tanzania: Building a Community of Practice for Engaging Men in Health and Gender Equity
  13. Advancing Tanzania’s National HIV and AIDS Agenda: Advocacy Approaches to Mainstreaming Gender in HIV-Related Laws and Policies
  14. Championing Gender Equality: The CHAMPION Project’s Gender-Based Violence Prevention Interventions
  15. Kuwa Mfano wa Kuigwa (Be a Role Model): A Gender-Transformative Campaign to Reduce Social Acceptance of Intimate Partner Violence
  16. Breaking Barriers, Creating Pathways: Understanding Help-Seeking among Survivors of Gender-Based Violence in Tanzania

In 2013, CHAMPION’s campaign against gender-based violence received the prestigious Avon Global Communications Award.

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