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Today we honor the legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. & his tireless efforts to advance civil rights and social justice.

EngenderHealth is committed to advancing gender equality in & through its sexual & reproductive health and rights programming.

Although #Tanzania recently lifted the ban on adolescent mothers in school, girls still do not have a guaranteed right to education. Country Rep @MasakoPrudence shares her recommendations for how Tanzania can make education accessible & inclusive.

While child marriage still disproportionately impacts girls, UNICEF estimates that 115 million boys and men around the world were married as children.

So proud of @EngenderHealth for incorporating gender analysis and DNH into our work, including our work on safe surgery/fistula. Great leadership on our analysis framework by @renugolwalkar. We are always happy to share and discuss - reach out if you would like to engage on this! https://twitter.com/EngenderHealth/status/1479483194550497283

Although Mexico’s Supreme Court effectively decriminalized abortion last year, abortion rights are still not guaranteed across the country. Marea Verde, a collective of feminists, is working to change that. #AbortionRights #Mexico

#MaternalMentalHealthMatters! It’s a human rights and health equity issue.

This new analysis from MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership shows the need for #MentalHealth services for women before, during, and after birth 🤰🏽 🤱🏽 https://bit.ly/3q9KK6Q

It’s estimated that 100s of thousands of women & girls are still living with #fistula. We’ve been working to #endfistula for over 15 years, including supporting over 45,200 fistula repairs & training for over 370 surgeons & 34,800 other healthcare workers.

MOMENTUM Safe Surgery in Family Planning & Obstetrics utilizes our GYSI Analysis Framework & Toolkit and Do No Harm Framework to integrate #gender into its work. Learn more about how @USAID_MOMENTUM includes gender in its programs in a new brief.


Starting this month, Seychelles will make menstrual products available for free in secondary schools. 🙌

This month we’re highlighting how EngenderHealth works with and through governments and communities to strengthen health systems to be more resilient, sustainable, and equitable.

Learn more about our approach to health systems strengthening ➡️ http://ow.ly/6pRG50HmoZA

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Obstetric Fistula Needs Assessment Report

The “Campaign to End Fistula” information kit—”Obstetric Fistula Needs Assessment Report: Findings from Nine African Countries“—contains results from a groundbreaking needs assessment conducted by EngenderHealth and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in nine African countries. Obstetric fistula is a surprisingly common yet frequently neglected pregnancy complication that affects an estimated 50,000 to100,000 women each year. Resulting most often from prolonged obstruction of labor, obstetric fistula is an internal tearing between the vagina and bladder, the vagina and rectum, or both. Without surgical repair, fistula can lead to lifelong incontinence and social ostracism. While a global problem, fistula appears to be particularly common in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Prior to this study, the scope of this devastating maternal health issue was unknown beyond a country or two. This rapid needs assessment uses the same tools and approaches to describe the problem in nine countries—Benin, Chad, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda, and Zambia. The findings document existing fistula repair services, note challenges to high-quality care, and identify successful service-delivery models in each country. The needs assessment report and accompanying information kit will help guide appropriate interventions for tackling obstetric fistula—as well as the root causes of maternal mortality and morbidity—in this diverse and needy region.

You can view or download the findings from each of the countries by clicking on the links below. Or click on the first link to access the full report, Obstetric Fistula Needs Assessment Report: Findings from Nine African Countries.

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