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COVID-19: How We’re Responding

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Aujourd'hui 24 novembre, veille de la commémoration des #16jours , marque la fin de l'atelier de formation des médias et blogueurs sur les #VBG. Nous tenons à remercier tous nos partenaires qui ont rendu cela possible.
@MinistereEnfant @UnfpaCI @ACF_CI @EngenderHealth @CACi225

It’s Intl Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women & day 1 of #16Days of Action Against GBV. We’re working to #EndGBV by transforming harmful gender norms, supporting survivor-centered services & improving multi-sectoral prevention & response @UN_Women #OrangeTheWorld

(1/3) 10 EngenderHealth staff took part in @wizara_afyatz's National Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent Health and Nutrition (RMNCAH+N) Scientific Conference in Dar es Salaam last week. #RMNCAH

EngenderHealth was honored to share information on our work with former President of #Tanzania H.E. @jmkikwete & @mohznz Minister of Health for Zanzibar H.E. Ahmed Nassor Mazrui, who visited our booth during @wizara_afyatz’s #RMNCAH Scientific Conference in Dar es Salaam. #SRHR

During the RMNCAH+N Scientific Conference in Dar es Salaam, EngenderHealth Country Rep. for Tanzania @MasakoPrudence moderated a plenary session, supported by @MkapaFoundation, which focused on strategic HRH investment to improve maternal & newborn health outcomes. #RMNCAH

(1/2) Coming up from 1-2:30pm PET/EST, 4 EngenderHealth @IAAHglobal 2021 World Congress poster presentations! #iaah2021 #IAAH2021Congress http://ow.ly/XQAW50GQsc1

📣 Coming up from 1-3pm PET/EST, our 2nd @IAAHglobal 2021 World Congress poster presentation on supporting youth to improve adolescent & youth sexual & reproductive health & rights across West & Central Africa. Check it out! #iaah2021 #IAAH2021Congress http://ow.ly/XQAW50GQsc1

It's #WorldChildrensDay. Every child deserves the chance to live a healthy life. Supported by @UNICEFIndia, we trained Adolescent Girl Champions to promote healthy newborn care practices to improve newborn girl survival in Bihar, India. Learn more ➡️ http://ow.ly/KYBO50GSzSs

📣 Starting at 6pm PET/EST, our 1st @IAAHglobal 2021 World Congress on Adolescent Health poster presentation on understanding sexual & reproductive health knowledge, attitudes & practices among adolescents in Bihar, India 🇮🇳. #iaah2021 #IAAH2021Congress
http://ow.ly/XQAW50GQsc1

@POuagaPF Engagement renouvelé. Bravo au #Mali pour ce pas en avant @EngenderHealth

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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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