With support from donors, collaboration with diverse strategic partners, valuable insight from our experts and staff, and the participation of individuals, communities, and healthcare systems, EngenderHealth brings high-quality, gender-equitable programming to hard-to-reach and historically un- and underserved individuals and communities.



EngenderHealth approaches every program with the belief that sexual and reproductive rights are human rights. Our programming builds on the lessons learned and best practices gained through working in more than 100 countries across 5 continents to support individuals, communities, and healthcare systems in delivering high-quality, gender-equitable programs and services that advance sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). We focus on evidence-based decision making and innovative solutions to ensure the best possible outcome for every program. We focus on our core impact areas of comprehensive SRHR, maternal and obstetric care, and gender-based violence to make sure our programming aligns with our expertise for the greatest possible impact. To drive sustainability and results that last long beyond our programs, we focus on transforming gender norms, meaningful youth participation, and health systems strengthening. The most important driver of EngenderHealth’s work is recognizing and valuing partnerships at every level—international, regional, country, community, public, and private. Partnerships allow us to maximize coordination, contribute knowledge, and ensure that supported activities are informed by current evidence and priorities.

A hallmark of EngenderHealth’s work is that we integrate key frameworks that focus on gender, equity, diversity, and inclusion to safeguard the communities in which we work as well as our staff and partners to ensure that our programs do no harm from start to finish—from project design through implementation and evaluation.

Current Programs

To see how we go beyond theory and are making this happen in practice, visit our current program pages:

A Rights-Based Approach for Enhancing SRHR in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa is among the fastest-growing cities in the world, with a growth rate of 4.3%, according to the United Nations. As the population grows, there is an increased need to expand basic services and strengthen health systems. Currently, gender-based violence (GBV) services are incomplete due to resource constraints, weak referral systems, and a lack of knowledge among healthcare providers and clients. EngenderHealth’s A Rights-Based Approach for Enhancing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) program is designed to ensure all people, particularly women and girls, can fulfill their SRHR. We are implementing this program in Addis Ababa, in close partnership with the Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association and government partners, including the Bureau of Education, the Bureau of Health, and…

Accelerating Progress Towards Making Safe Abortion Care Accessible in Benin

The Accelerating Progress Towards Making Safe Abortion Care Accessible in Benin program, implemented by EngenderHealth, is a collaborative effort to improve information about and access to safe and high-quality abortion care in Benin. In partnership with the Benin Feminists’ Network (Réseau des Féministes du Bénin), the Ministry of Health (Ministère de la Santé), the National Order of Pharmacists of Benin (Ordre National des pharmaciens du Bénin), the National College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Benin (Collège national des gynécologues obstétriciens du Bénin), and the Beninese Association for Family Welfare Member of IPPF (Association Béninoise de Bien-être Familial) the program works to strengthen access to and support safe abortion services, increase awareness of the legality and availability of medication abortion, and…

Building Rights for Improved Girl’s Health in Tanzania (BRIGHT)

Together with our partners, EngenderHealth both supports and delivers a holistic package of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and nutrition services, including family planning (FP) support; gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response services; adolescent-friendly antenatal, postnatal, and postabortion care; nutrition support and counseling; and life skills training to adolescents in the Tabora region of Tanzania. Currently, there is limited access to these services in this region. By breaking down barriers to access and increasing collaboration across services, we are ensuring adolescents can realize their SRH and nutritional care rights. Tabora is the largest and one of Tanzania’s most remote regions—and adolescents comprise a quarter of its population. According to the World Bank, the fertility rate in Tanzania in 2021 was…


Ensemble, an initiative launched by EngenderHealth in May 2022, is focused on preventing and responding to gender-based violence (GBV) in West and Central Africa—our program currently works with partners in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, and Mali. Ensemble means “together” in French, and we designed this program with the understanding that by working together, our impact will be greater than the sum of our individual efforts. To that end, we are collaborating with governments, civil society organizations, and other national and regional stakeholders in West and Central Africa to support local actions to prevent, respond to, and ultimately eliminate GBV. Critically, Ensemble places women in the lead and is co-designed with feminist- and youth-led organizations and those run by…


According to UNICEF, nearly a quarter (23%) of Burundian women between the ages of 15 and 49 have reported experiencing sexual violence in their lifetimes. Despite the government’s commitment to improving the availability and quality of services to survivors, the health system faces challenges—the inability of health providers to offer high-quality services, a lack of safe and confidential spaces to treat survivors and an inconsistent supply of SGBV commodities to facilities. The GIR’ITEKA (“Be Respected”) project builds on the work of the EngenderHealth-led Burundians Responding Against Violence and Inequality (BRAVI) program, which focused on establishing national policies, guidelines, and curricula. The project aims to reduce SGBV and improve services for Burundians living with and affected by SGBV and HIV. We…

Past Programs

To see the impact of our programs, visit our past program pages: