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COVID-19: How We’re Responding

Our Work

Hugo Hoogenboom, a leader of EngenderHealth from 1981-1995, has passed away. We honor Hugo’s legacy by continuing to work for a world in which everyone has access to the info & services needed to make their own reproductive health choices.

Our statement: https://bit.ly/2PmPF1o

Why are sexual and reproductive health services not 'essential services' during the Corona virus pandemic? Covid 19 responses must include women's reproductive health needs. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)31679-2/fulltext

Accessing #familyplanning services is critical in #COVID19 response!

Click below to see how our partners are responding and to learn how you can participate! https://bit.ly/3eSRJIR #FPinCOVIDResponse

We extend our condolences to the family of H.E. Benjamin W. Mkapa, former president of #Tanzania and founder of @MkapaFoundation.

We honor his championship of #genderequality and health systems strengthening.

#RIPMkapa

We're looking for an Associate Director, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. Come join our team, and pass the word!

Apply here: https://bit.ly/2BFx5OC

#SRHR #SRH #SRHRjobs #SRHjobs #Reprojobs #feministjobs #NGOjobs #nonprofitjobs #reprohealth #reprorights

We're looking for an Associate Director, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). Come join our team, and pass the word! Apply here: https://bit.ly/2BFx5OC

#SRHR #SRH #SRHRjobs #SRHjobs #Reprojobs #feministjobs #NGOjobs #nonprofitjobs #reprohealth #reprorights

A6) We must value ALL the work women do. The EquityTool by @Metrics4mgmt can be included as part of routine data collection on #COVID19 response; we must also measure the proportion of women out of paid workforce, the dependency ratio & educational status. #GenderData #DevexFOCUS https://twitter.com/devex/status/1288451736332574721

A3) Collecting #VAW data amid #COVID19 is difficult due to risk to women seeking help; lockdowns hindering movement to safe spaces; gaps in training for service providers; & ongoing gaps in data systems. We must address #VAW and #GBV despite the pandemic. #GenderData #DevexFocus https://twitter.com/devex/status/1288447944916639746

A5) National stats offices should ensure that collected data is not only gender disaggregated but also informed by age disaggregation & they should capture how national governments' #COVID19 response efforts are benefiting women & other vulnerable groups. #GenderData #DevexFocus

A4) The EquityTool developed by @Metrics4mgmt provides important estimates of wealth quintiles, while the Washington Group Short Set of Disability Questions provides an opportunity to assess the extent to which #COVID19 is affecting those w/ disabilities. #GenderData #DevexFocus

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COVID-19: Views, Resources, and Advocacy Commitments

Views

It’s Time to Think about the Future Health System in Tanzania
EngenderHealth Tanzania Country Representative Prudence Masako in The Citizen
In this op-ed, Prudence Masako provides suggestions for how Tanzania can support and bolster its health system to better prepare for public health crises in the future.

Advancing SRHR During COVID-19
EngenderHealth President and CEO Traci L. Baird on YouTube
EngenderHealth is continuing to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) during COVID-19 through support to individuals, communities, health systems, and governments.

15 Leadership Lessons for Nonprofits Navigating a Crisis
EngenderHealth President and CEO Traci L. Baird on Forbes
Members of Forbes Nonprofit Council share 15 things they’ve learned (or are currently learning) about leading a team through a crisis.

Protecting Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Progress in a Pandemic
EngenderHealth President & CEO Traci L. Baird on our blog
EngenderHealth commits to joining our partners around the globe to draw on our collective experience to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic, and to develop and apply innovations to reestablish and accelerate progress on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Leading A Suddenly Remote Team During A Global Crisis
EngenderHealth President & CEO Traci L. Baird on Forbes
What it’s like to lead a remote team amid the COVID-19 pandemic while ensuring that EngenderHealth fulfills its mission to implement sexual and reproductive health and rights programs and services around the world.

Remaining Vigilant about SRHR during the COVID-19 Pandemic
EngenderHealth President & CEO Traci L. Baird on Global Health Council
We must ensure that the COVID-19 crisis does not undermine the progress the world has made on sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender equality, and that in fact, we continue to make progress for women and girls.

 

Resources

Guidance for Ensuring Quality Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Service Provision during the COVID-19 Pandemic
EngenderHealth
Sets of recommendations designed for health facilities, facility managers, and providers to ensure they can continue to lead sexual and reproductive health and rights programming around the world amid the pandemic.

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Family Planning and Ending Gender-based Violence, Female Genital Mutilation and Child Marriage
UNFPA
An analysis that provides new data showing how the COVID-19 pandemic could dangerously undermine progress made on ending unmet need for family planning, ending gender-based violence—including female genital mutilation and child marriage—and ending all preventable maternal deaths.

Estimates on the Potential Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Sexual and Reproductive Health in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
Guttmacher Institute

An estimate of the impact of pandemic-related challenges on the provision of core sexual and reproductive health services and subsequent health outcomes.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Women
United Nations
A policy brief that explores how women and girls’ lives are changing in the face of COVID-19, and outlines suggested priority measures to accompany both the immediate response and longer-term recovery efforts.

COVID-19 and Ending Violence Against Women and Girls
UN Women
A brief that highlights emerging evidence of the impact of COVID-19 on violence against women and girls and makes recommendations to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls, at the onset, during, and after the public health crisis.

COVID-19: A Gender Lens
UNFPA
A technical brief on protecting sexual and reproductive health and rights, and promoting gender equality during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mitigating COVID-19 Impacts on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Civil Society Call to Action
PAI
A call-to-action that implores civil society to advocate for the prioritization of sexual and reproductive health and rights in government responses to COVID-19, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.

COVID-19: Reducing the Risk of Infection Might Increase the Risk of Intimate Partner Violence
EClinicalMedicine
An article that draws on lessons from past pandemics, showing that the length of quarantine increases the risk for serious psychological consequences.

[Centering] Sexual and Reproductive Health and Justice in the Global COVID-19 Response
The Lancet
A journal article that calls for a sexual and reproductive health and justice framework for monitoring and addressing the health, gender, and social effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pandemics and Violence Against Women and Children
Center for Global Development
A paper that helps to inform further evidence generation and policy action while situating violence against women and children within the broader need for intersectional gender- and feminist-informed pandemic response.

Global Rapid Gender Analysis for COVID-19
CARE
A report for humanitarians working in fragile contexts that seeks to deepen the current gender analysis by encompassing learning from global gender data available for the COVID-19 public health emergency.

IMAP Statement on COVID-19 and Sexual and Reproductive Health and rights
International Planned Parenthood Federation
Statement by the International Medical Advisory Panel to provide guidance to sexual and reproductive health and rights organizations on the provision of sexual and reproductive health services within the pandemic context.

COVID-19 Response
Global Health Council
A list of COVID-19 resources for global health organizations, including “U.S. and Global Response”, “Global Health Security Brief”, “Lessons for the Global Health Community”, “Advice for the Public”, and more.

COVID-19: What Implications for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights?
Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters
A webinar on the implications for sexual and reproductive health and rights in the era of COVID-19.

Gender Implications of COVID-19 Outbreaks in Development and Humanitarian Settings
CARE
A policy brief that calls on development and humanitarian organizations, national governments, and international donors to consider the gendered implications of the pandemic.

The COVID-19 Outbreak: Potential Fallout for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
Guttmacher Institute
A policy analysis that outlines the potential impact the COVID-19 pandemic could have on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Advocacy Commitments

Global Health Priorities for COVID-19 Supplementals
Global Health Council
Sign-on letter urging the Committee on Appropriations Chairs to allocate at least $5 billion in new emergency supplemental resources for global health and health security programs and accounts to support the global response to COVID-19.

Joint Statement from Women Working in Global Development on COVID-19
Girl Up, Women in Dev, and Women in Global Health
Joint statement uniting to rally behind efforts to encourage global collaboration to combat COVID-19.

Open Letter Calling on Governments to Apply a Gender Lens to COVID-19 Preparedness, Response, and Recovery
Deliver for Good
Open letter calling on the UN and national government leaders to commit both in words and action to placing gender equality and girls’ and women’s health, rights, and wellbeing at the heart of all COVID-19 normative guidance, programs, and investments and by applying a gender lens, including a gender marker, to all efforts.

US Administration to continue to fund the WHO to end the COVID-19 pandemic
Global Health Council
Open letter urging the US Administration to continue to fund the World Health Organization to end this pandemic.

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