International Women’s Day 2017

Happy International Women’s Day 2017! Health Partners International is committed to improving health systems around the world to ensure the best lives possible for as many people as possible, especially women and children.

From decades of experience, we have seen first-hand how central healthy women are to achieving healthy communities – and that is why our focus is always on improving women’s access to health services and strengthening governance and systems with explicit attention to the priorities and perspectives of women at each step in the process.

For International Women’s Day 2017, we invite you to revisit some of our programmes and reflections centred on women. We are so proud of all the ways we can make a difference to women’s lives, from enabling rural, disadvantaged young women to train as female health workers to designing systems which directly reduce gender-based violence. To our programme stakeholders, our health systems experts, and staff – we wish you a happy and peaceful International Women’s Day.

Read about how Hauwa, a young woman in Northern Nigeria, is changing attitudes in her community towards girls’ education by learning to be a female health worker.

Check out how HPI’s Women for Health programme is enabling over 6,000 women to train as health workers and be employed as midwives and nurses in their communities in Northern Nigeria, improving maternal health, and breaking down social barriers to women’s education in the process.

Find out how HPI and WISE Development are working together to include women’s needs and perspectives in health systems design and development to ensure that health systems work for women and girls.

Watch how young women in Northern Nigeria are “Living the Dream to become a Midwife” and embodying the spirit of #BeBoldForChange. By changing attitudes to educating young women and girls, W4H is boosting the number of women enrolled in midwifery schools and the number of female health workers.

Learn how integrating a focus on gender-based violence into a community-based maternal health intervention led to a significant decline in violence against women in intervention communities, and more support for women affected by violence.

Read about how HPI’s PRRINN-MNCH programme successfully increased the demand for RMNCAH services in Northern Nigeria, with a doubling in percentage rates of women receiving antenatal care and delivering with a skilled birth attendant. The methodology used socially stratified data to make sure nobody was left behind.

Find out how the establishment of Young Women Support Groups, which targeted the most vulnerable segment of the population, reached over 24,000 young women with the establishment of 2006 safe spaces or support groups. As a result, young women were empowered to access support and health services that were available to them.

Finally, understand why health programming and policy must respond to the reality of women’s lives, and how HPI’s Women for Health programme has tried to address this.