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One way to Reduce Gender Inequality? Menstruation Education

Menstrual hygiene education in Ethiopia
Development investment has tended to neglect women’s menstrual health. Now, the first French Development Impact Bond (DIB) seeks to change that, by supporting programs that promote menstrual hygiene. On the eve of Menstrual Hygiene Day, we highlight a public-private pilot program in Ethiopia that is working to improve the health and education of women - as well as their autonomy and dignity.
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Pioneering Treatment for Sexual Violence in the Congo - and Applying the lessons Worldwide

Panzi Hospital in Bukavu
Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, has been treating victims of sexual violence under the direction of Nobel Peace Prize Winner Dr. Denis Mukwege since 1999. Some 55,000 people – mainly women and children – have sought care at the hospital after falling victim to rape and torture, invariably used as a weapon of war. The hospital has over two decades honed methods to facilitate psychological recovery. Now AFD is backing an initiative to validate the hospital’s medical protocols, so they can be used to treat victims of sexual violence in other parts of the world.
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Mauritania: A Pre and Postnatal Plan for Pregnant Women

obstetrical plan in Mauritania
In healthcare in Sub-Saharan Africa, the stakes are high when it comes to the welfare of pregnant women and mothers before and after delivery. To tackle soaring maternal mortality rates, Mauritania introduced an obstetrical plan in 1998 to facilitate access to prenatal and postnatal care. Before expanding the AFD-backed program, an impact assessment was conducted to measure its effectiveness and identify areas for improvement.
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