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COVID-19: How We’re Responding

Our Work

During #COVID19, #GBV survivors need extra support.

That’s why we worked w/ @LaLigue225, a local org in Cote d’Ivoire, to assist 50 survivors w/ medication, #SRH services, legal consults & psychological counseling.

Learn more: http://bit.ly/EH16DaysGBV

#16days #OrangeTheWorld

No more oppression.
No more discrimination.
No more marginalization.
No more gender-based violence.

On #IDPD2020, commit to protecting the rights of women and girls with disabilities.

#16days | #GenerationEquality | #orangetheworld

Information sur les activités #TouchePasAmaSoeur #16Days en CI #cotedivoire. Partager le calendrier toutes les organisations qui luttent contre les #ViolenceAgainstWomen @EngenderHealth @LaLigue225 @ONUFemmes @stopauchatnoir @RJASRPFMALI @JASRPFBurkina @ALLIANCEJASRPF @POuagaPF

What is the importance of rights-based, client-centered care?

Read the NEW call to action by the SRH integration community of practice to find out ➡️ https://bit.ly/33dOQit #IntegrationCalltoAction

Thank you for supporting us this #GivingTuesday! With your donations, we can work with more healthcare providers to offer high-quality #reprohealth care, support more people in making decisions about contraception, and continue to advance sexual & reproductive health and rights.

Just hours remain for #GivingTuesday & #BitcoinTuesday, and we are still $7,000 away from reaching our goal. If you donate now, your gift will be DOUBLED. Help us support reproductive health around the world!

Visit http://bit.ly/GivingTuesEH or text Engender to 41444 to donate.

On #WorldAIDSDay, we recognize that women & girls account for over half the population living with HIV, & their risk for infection is increased by harmful social norms.

Providing support & treatment for women & girls living with HIV is essential for advancing gender equality.

Today is #BitcoinTuesday! Please consider donating your #cryptocurrency—including #Bitcoin, #Ether, #Litecoin, and more—to support reproductive health for women, girls & communities around the world.

#DonateCrypto: https://bit.ly/DonateCryptocurrency

For #GivingTuesday today, we hope you keep women and girls a priority in your giving. Your support of EngenderHealth enables more women to have the knowledge and healthcare they need to transform their lives.

Visit http://bit.ly/GivingTuesEH or text Engender to 41444 to donate!

Why support us for #GivingTuesday?

➡️Hand-washing stations built
➡️Masks distributed
➡️Contraceptive services continued
➡️Maternal health improved

EngenderHealth does this work & so much more with your support.

Visit http://bit.ly/GivingTuesEH or text Engender to 41444 to donate!

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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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