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Friday, March 6, 2009

International Women's Day

On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the remarkable achievements of women, and reflect upon the continuing challenges women face when it comes to sustainable and equitable access to care.

Women’s health is a top priority for HealthRight International.  Because of their vulnerability in many parts of the world, women are often the first to be left behind when it comes to health care and other services.  Recognizing that women’s rights are human rights, HealthRight has worked since its founding to build lasting access to health care and other services for women around the globe.

Here are a few examples of HealthRight’s work to ensure women have access to safe and effective care and services:

Kenya: Partnership for Maternal and Neonatal Health
Women and newborn children in Kenya’s Northern Rift Valley face extremely high mortality rates.  Partnering with Kenyan health providers and communities, HealthRight is building lasting capacity to deliver life-saving MNH services for thousands of women and children through trainings for health providers and community workers, renovations and equipment for facilities, and improvements in management systems.  Learn more…

Nepal: Care and Support for Survivors of Trafficking and Gender-Based Violence
Partnering with Nepali-run shelters for survivors of trafficking and gender-based violence, HealthRight has established shelter-based clinics across Nepal to provide a full range of health care services for residents and surrounding community members who lack access to health care, particularly reproductive health services.  HealthRight also supports partners to address survivors’ long-term prospects through job-skills training and counseling. Learn more…

Russia: MAMA+ Project
HealthRight’s MAMA+ Project works to address the high rates of abandonment of children born to HIV-positive mothers in Russia and lack of support services available to these women.  The MAMA+ project builds access to a continuum of medical, social, and supportive housing services for HIV-positive women, while giving them the knowledge, skills, and resources to keep their families together.  The project has served as a model for similar projects in the region and in Southeast Asia. Learn more…

Ukraine: MAMA+ Project 
HealthRight’s MAMA+ Project was established to address the high rates of abandonment of children born to HIV-positive mothers in Ukraine and the lack of support services available to them.  The MAMA+ project built access to a continuum of health and social services for HIV-positive women in three cities in Ukraine, while giving them the knowledge, skills, and resources to keep their families together.  HealthRight has successfully transferred several MAMA+ sites in Ukraine to our key local partner, the All Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS.  HealthRight is now working with another local partner, the Ukrainian Foundation for Public Health, to adapt MAMA+ to reach drug-involved HIV-positive women and help them access treatment and support services. Learn more… 
 
Support HealthRight’s efforts around the world to ensure women have sustainable and equitable access to health.