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COVID-19: How We’re Responding

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La Ligue Ivoirienne des Droits des femmes a distribué des violentomètres aux femmes du village de Akouédo. Ces outils permettent aux femmes de verifier si elles sont en sécurité avec leurs partenaires.

#lesfemmesveulent
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Ahead of Saturday's #WorldPopulationDay, IPPF is delighted to launch its ICPD+25 Nairobi Summit Report: A Roadmap for Fulfilling the Promise. Find out more → https://t.co/jciKhnjuCm

Le samedi 4 juillet 2020, La Ligue Ivoirienne des Droits des femmes s'est associé avec @EngenderHealth active dans la santé sexuelle des femmes pour distribuer 5 000 masques et des ressources contre la violence sexiste et sexuelle aux femmes et aux filles du quartier d'Akouédo https://t.co/GopDbpOZCC

Today @ippf launched ICPD+25 Nairobi Summit Report: A Roadmap for Fulfilling the Promise: https://t.co/HQbW6RE2UP

We commit to working w/ government partners through 2030 to reach more than 30 million people w/ gender-equitable #SRHR programs: https://t.co/Fg4N8DinsT

#ICPD25

Initiative Côte d’Ivoire a procédé ce jour à la remise de 5000 masques aux populations a revenu moyen d’Akouedo. En plus des masques, des violentomètre (outils de mesure des violence) ont été distribués sous le lead de @EngenderHealth et @LaLigue225 #stopcovid19 #Covid19civ

Earlier today, we partnered with @LaLigue225 to distribute 5,000 masks & gender-based violence (#GBV) awareness materials to an indigenous community in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire that is known for making attiéké, a traditional dish made from cassava.

#COVID19 #1million2masquesICI

“We continue to see over and over again in many parts of the world where #LGBT people are criminalized or discriminated against, we always see a rise of #HIV infections, because people strongly associate HIV with being gay.” - @ejaf Chairman David Furnish. #AIDS2020Virtual

Cérémonie du lancement de la distribution de 5000 masques barrières contre la #COVID__19-19 aux populations vulnérables de Akouedo village @EngenderHealth @nenef @karna_eugene

@AntonPozniak opens #AIDS2020 with a plea, during COVID-19, to ensure gains made in HIV are not lost, the work to end HIV continues & the lessons of HIV are applied! We must adapt to changing changing world realities to ensure our collective HIV goals are met 👏 #AIDS2020Virtual

"I will support facilities to restock contraceptives in every way possible."

Read about how our #India team is helping to ensure that communities continue to have access to the #contraceptive methods of their choice during #COVID19: https://t.co/NySknsLDOS

#SRH #familyplanning

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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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