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On #IWD2021, discover the stories of 13 extraordinary women leaders inspiring others to join #GenerationEquality: http://bit.ly/2ZIxwAb #UNexhibits @UN_Women

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Advancing #genderequality requires ending violence against women & girls. That’s why we’ve supported the development of #GBV response guidelines in multiple countries & built the capacity of providers to provide high-quality GBV care. (1/2)

Building health worker capacity is critical for improving access to sexual and #reprohealth services, including fistula prevention and treatment.

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EngenderHealth's Adolescent Girl Champions intervention is significant because it is an innovative, scalable model that builds on and collaborates with existing public health infrastructure, while empowering adolescent girls.

-@ZoyaAliRizvi, Deputy Commissioner @MoHFW_INDIA

It's not just about young people as beneficiaries of programs. We must frame youth as leaders, informants, and change-makers in programs aimed to improve their health, says Anand Sinha, @PackardFdn India Country Representative.

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Health disparities for girls are prominent at all ages & levels of society–for newborns, youth, and adults. We must come together and talk about this issue as one society, says Roopa, an Adolescent Girl Champion in our @UNICEFIndia-supported initiative.

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The three adolescent girls speaking about their experience supporting families and their community are a wonderful example of the enormous power of young people! #LetGirlsLead https://twitter.com/engenderhealth/status/1367439637527072769

“I am a girl, and I am getting the opportunity to save another girl.”

Muskaan, an Adolescent Girl Champion in our @UNICEFIndia-supported initiative, explains why she chose to participate in the program during the "She Helps Her Thrive" event.

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Investing in adolescent girls as champions of health in their communities yields triple benefits, improving:

➡️Health of children
➡️Adult health trajectories
➡️Health of the next generation

Says Luigi D’Aquino, @UNICEFIndia Chief of Health, at our She Helps Her Thrive webinar.

“Adolescent girls have a real potential to be change agents in their communities,” says Dr. Ajay Khera, India Country Representative

With support from @UNICEF, EngenderHealth engaged adolescent girls as champions of newborn girl care in India. Learn more: http://bit.ly/AGCs-Resources

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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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