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COVID-19: How We’re Responding

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On Thursday 10 February (2pm CET), we'll host a Twitter Chat with several contributors and other organisations who have made the FAIR SHARE Commitment to explore the themes of the publication further.

Bring your questions, comments and ideas!

Working towards #genderequality is a collective journey.

That's why we contributed to #LeadingForChange, a collection of organizational case studies put together by @fair_wl exploring #FeministLeadership, organizational change and more.

Find it here: https://fairsharewl.org/project/leading-for-change/

We’re #hiring an Asst. Controller who supports the Controller & CFAO and supervises general accounting, accounts payable & receivable roles. Location negotiable: Washington, DC, preferred. Salary: $125-135k annually, benefits in posting. Apply ➡️ http://ow.ly/3o7W50HAQRz

Raising a glass to Roe v. Wade’s 49th anniversary. I don’t have a lot of hope that we’ll get to celebrate its 50th . Thanks to those who provide, facilitate, & fund abortions. Respect to those who have chosen/may later choose abortion. Power to those working for repro justice.

Last year, Nigerian medical student @ebereillustrate’s image of a Black fetus in the womb went viral, highlighting the need for #diversity in medical illustration. Now, some of his illustrations will be published in a clinical handbook!
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Episode 2 of this season’s Inside The FP Story podcast features programs from @EngenderHealth @CHAI_health and Bangladesh Sheikh Mujib Medical University, integrating #familyplanning with other health areas and settings. https://hubs.ly/Q012tTYJ0

Great news out of #Ghana 🇬🇭! Starting this month, long-term contraceptive methods will be available free of charge in the country, improving access to contraception for millions of women. 🙌

Read more ➡️ http://ow.ly/vuKH50Hxw6q

We’re excited to have @EngenderHealth accept the #WeTrustYouthChallenge, and make their commitment to collectively better the ways of working with young people meaningfully!

Are you ready to join us? Find out more and accept the challenge, now: http://WeTrustYouth.org

Episode 2 of this season’s Inside The FP Story podcast by @fprhknowledge & @ibp_network features an interview with our Senior Technical Advisor Anna Temba discussing mobile family planning outreach & service integration in #Tanzania. Listen now! ➡️ http://ow.ly/B4QU50HxvIr

On January 20, Priyanka Kochar, programs manager for EngenderHealth’s India country office, will take part in a webinar, hosted by @ShareNetIntl, launching the BLOOM (Buy-in and Learning through Outcomes of MYP) campaign. Register today! ➡️ https://share-netinternational.org/events/bloom-campaign-webinar-launch/

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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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