EHS-COVID (293) COVID-19 Safe Abortion Response Map - Webinar 26 May

15 May, 2021

Over the coming week, starting Monday 17 May, HIFA and WHO are working together to develop a better understanding of the impact of the pandemic on essential reproductive health services. This understanding will be based on experience shared here on the HIFA forum. This will be the first of a series of deep dives into how we can maintain essential health services as they relate to specific areas of health (reproductive health, child health, NCDs...). Two volunteers on the WHO/HIFA working group are helping us with reproductive health issues: Onikepe Owolabi (USA) and Sanchika Gupta (India).

Below is a webinar announcement and brief description of the impacct of COVID on access to safe abortion services. I would like ot invite HIFA members to share any experience/anecdotes. Have you noted a change in access in your country/healthcare facility? What has been the impact on health outcomes?

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Dear colleagues,

Join this webinar on how organizations have adapted their safe abortion and post-abortion care (PAC) programs to the evolving COVID-19 context.

Please feel free to use the attached flyer as you share this widely within your network.

Register today! https://who.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_R6V8AVphSh24YsM0fePUHA

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Global Launch: COVID-19 Safe Abortion Response Map

Description

The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating impacts on a woman's ability to access safe abortions. The suspension of family planning outreach programs, movement restrictions, disruptions in the supply chain and, fear of contracting COVID-19 have all prevented women from being able to make informed and safe reproductive health choices. As COVID-19 spread around the world, many international non-governmental organisations working in the safe abortion space rapidly adapted their health programs to maintain service delivery while preventing their clients, staff, and communities from contracting COVID-19.

Join us as we launch the COVID-19 Safe Abortion Response Map – an interactive tool that highlights how organisations adapted their safe abortion and post-abortion care (PAC) programs to the evolving COVID-19 context. Explore this map, which captures stories of resilience, digital innovation, and persistent advocacy to maintain access to safe abortions and PAC during the pandemic.

Since June 2020, HRP (the UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction) is collaborating with several partners to prevent unsafe abortion and support women’s and girls’ health, well-being and rights in the context of COVID-19; partners include DKT International, Ipas, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), Marie Stopes International, Pathfinder International, PSI. This Group of partners joined forces to develop the COVID-19 Safe Abortion Response Map.

Time

May 26, 2021 02:00 PM in Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna

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Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator, neil@hifa.org www.hifa.org