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COVID-19: How We’re Responding

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Register today! Our @USAID-funded @fistulacare Plus project, with partners @PanziUSA & Mama (@jmckinneypt @lauraekeyser), are hosting a webinar on integrating physical therapy into fistula & maternity care on Sep 30th at 8:30 AM EDT.

#FistulaCareOnline
http://bit.ly/PT-fistula

New Report: COVID-19 Global Health Security Depends on Women: Rebalancing the unequal social contract for women

Check it out to learn what you can do.
https://covid5050.org/report/
#COVID5050 #WGHSecuritySummit #UNGA #COVID19 #GenderEquality #SDG3 #SDG5 #GlobalGoals #SDGs

Depuis quelques jours se tient l'atelier d’élaboration du rapport de l’évaluation du Plan d’Action National Budgétisé Planification Familiale (PANBPF 2016 – 2020) avec la présence et l'appuie financier de @EngenderHealth et ses PTF.
@SOROAboudouN @nenef

And that's a wrap on #WGHSecuritySummit at the #UNGA. Thank you to all of our speakers and attendees!

What's next? ➡️➡️ putting our words into action!

Learn more about the pledges that came in from global institutions and governments: https://bit.ly/32D8PXZ

We've committed to ensure fair representation of women in leadership, publish gender pay gap data and collect sex- & age-disaggregated data as part of @womeninGH, @WagnerFound & @ForeignPolicy's #WGHSecuritySummit: https://bit.ly/2HaAuYd #COVID5050

PANEL 2: Lauren Petrella of @UNHABITAT on why we need better sex-dissagregated data 📈:

"When we look at gender-aggregated data, we gain so much more understanding of challenges and disadvantages."

#WGHSecuritySummit #COVID5050 #UNGA

Former #UNGA President @mfespinosaEC: "It is essential that we keep the funding for shelters and places that can be safe places for women. They should be considered essential services" #COVID5050 #WGHSecuritySummit

PANEL: @PSillanaukee states "access to sexual and reproductive health is essential during the pandemic" We need to:

🏠Fund shelters and safe places for women
📈Women in greater numbers making decisions in public health
🪙Economic packages boost health systems

#WGHSecuritySummit

#COVID19 revealed underlying gender inequalities across income, health, and security that have been in the system for a long time – the pandemic just shined a spotlight on them. @abhatiaunwomen discusses the gendered impact of the pandemic #WGHSecuritySummit #COVID5050 @womeninGH

Gender equality means having access to education, a voice, a vote, a seat at the table, and equal opportunities. It also means having laws and leaders that support gender equality, says @mvankerkhove, COVID-19 Technical Lead at @WHO. #COVID5050 #WGHSecuritySummit #UNGA

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COVID-19: Overview

It is critical that we continue to protect and advance sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Crises such as pandemics often exacerbate existing gender inequalities and can have devastating impacts on women, girls, and vulnerable populations, especially in the low- and middle-income countries where we work.

History has taught us about the importance of SRHR during times of crisis. It’s when access to contraceptives may be interrupted, resulting in unintended pregnancies; when schools close down, culminating in an uptick in adolescent pregnancy; when gender-based violence incidents increase due to people being more likely to be stuck in an unsafe home situation; and when women and girls face heightened risks to their physical and mental health due to a larger caregiver burden.

We have already seen evidence of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) care being de-prioritized or otherwise limited as governments mobilize to address the pandemic. Reasons include:

  • SRH care not being deemed essential
  • Providers who normally offer SRH care being diverted to the COVID-19 response
  • Providers not wanting to deplete scarce supplies of personal protective equipment
  • Rooms usually designated for contraceptive counseling and services being repurposed for isolation of possible COVID-19 patients
  • Stockouts of contraceptives and other SRH supplies

Despite these challenges, EngenderHealth will continue to implement high-quality, gender-equitable SRHR programs throughout the COVID-19 crisis while working closely with governments and other development partners globally, regionally, and across our program countries to support pandemic preparedness and response efforts.

 

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