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COVID-19: How We’re Responding

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Register today! Our @USAID-funded @fistulacare Plus project, with partners @PanziUSA & Mama (@jmckinneypt @lauraekeyser), are hosting a webinar on integrating physical therapy into fistula & maternity care on Sep 30th at 8:30 AM EDT.

#FistulaCareOnline
http://bit.ly/PT-fistula

New Report: COVID-19 Global Health Security Depends on Women: Rebalancing the unequal social contract for women

Check it out to learn what you can do.
https://covid5050.org/report/
#COVID5050 #WGHSecuritySummit #UNGA #COVID19 #GenderEquality #SDG3 #SDG5 #GlobalGoals #SDGs

Depuis quelques jours se tient l'atelier d’élaboration du rapport de l’évaluation du Plan d’Action National Budgétisé Planification Familiale (PANBPF 2016 – 2020) avec la présence et l'appuie financier de @EngenderHealth et ses PTF.
@SOROAboudouN @nenef

And that's a wrap on #WGHSecuritySummit at the #UNGA. Thank you to all of our speakers and attendees!

What's next? ➡️➡️ putting our words into action!

Learn more about the pledges that came in from global institutions and governments: https://bit.ly/32D8PXZ

We've committed to ensure fair representation of women in leadership, publish gender pay gap data and collect sex- & age-disaggregated data as part of @womeninGH, @WagnerFound & @ForeignPolicy's #WGHSecuritySummit: https://bit.ly/2HaAuYd #COVID5050

PANEL 2: Lauren Petrella of @UNHABITAT on why we need better sex-dissagregated data 📈:

"When we look at gender-aggregated data, we gain so much more understanding of challenges and disadvantages."

#WGHSecuritySummit #COVID5050 #UNGA

Former #UNGA President @mfespinosaEC: "It is essential that we keep the funding for shelters and places that can be safe places for women. They should be considered essential services" #COVID5050 #WGHSecuritySummit

PANEL: @PSillanaukee states "access to sexual and reproductive health is essential during the pandemic" We need to:

🏠Fund shelters and safe places for women
📈Women in greater numbers making decisions in public health
🪙Economic packages boost health systems

#WGHSecuritySummit

#COVID19 revealed underlying gender inequalities across income, health, and security that have been in the system for a long time – the pandemic just shined a spotlight on them. @abhatiaunwomen discusses the gendered impact of the pandemic #WGHSecuritySummit #COVID5050 @womeninGH

Gender equality means having access to education, a voice, a vote, a seat at the table, and equal opportunities. It also means having laws and leaders that support gender equality, says @mvankerkhove, COVID-19 Technical Lead at @WHO. #COVID5050 #WGHSecuritySummit #UNGA

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Fistula Prevention and Treatment

Fistula is a hole that develops between the birth canal and one or more of a woman’s internal organs. While it is almost always preventable, fistula is all too common in the developing world, where it is estimated to affect more than 2 million girls and women.

Woman speaks about her work as a youth leader in Mpalo village.

Ganyana Tausi speaks about her work as a youth leader in Mpalo village.Photo: ©Frank Baguma

Consequences of fistula are life-altering: For women with obstetric fistula, the baby usually dies during labor and the mother is left with chronic incontinence, often leading to isolation from family and community life, and neglect or abandonment by male partners. Without surgical repair, a woman’s prospects for work or family support are greatly diminished, and she is often left to rely on charity. These problems are compounded in cases of traumatic fistula, which is caused by rape or sexual violence. In these cases, women face greater psychological trauma and increased vulnerability to HIV or other sexually transmitted infections.

EngenderHealth works to restore dignity to women with fistula and to prevent other women from developing the condition through our Fistula Care Plus project, the largest US government-funded effort to date dedicated to treating and preventing fistula. Our activities include:

Preventing Fistula

  • Upgrading emergency obstetric care to prevent obstetric fistula
  • Increasing awareness at the community level about fistula prevention and the importance of maternal health care
  • Improving access to family planning
  • Advocating policy changes that tackle the root causes of obstetric fistula, such as delays in accessing emergency obstetric care
  • Promoting gender equity and reducing violence against women

Treating Fistula

  • Increasing the number of providers able to surgically repair fistula
  • Upgrading medical equipment and supplies at health facilities to ensure high-quality care for women receiving surgical repair for fistula
  • Improving providers’ skills in counseling fistula clients
  • Supporting women as they re-enter family and community life

For nearly a decade, EngenderHealth has partnered with institutions and surgical teams to facilitate more than 25,000 fistula repair surgeries, transforming the lives of women and their families in 15 countries across Africa and Asia. These surgeries have been possible with support from The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and other generous donors. Currently, we have fistula activities in 10 countries in partnership with other international organizations, local nongovernmental organizations, faith-based organizations, public-sector clinics, and national working groups on safe motherhood.

UDSAID, Fistula Care Plus project, and EngenderHealth

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