EHS-COVID (295) Reproductive health (2) How has COVID-19 affected the delivery of essential REPRODUCTIVE health services in your health facility or country?

15 May, 2021

Dear HIFA colleagues,

We are now starting our deep dive, here on HIFA, on 'Maintaining essential health services during the pandemic (and beyond)'.

For this first week (17-23 May) we are focusing especially on the theme of maintaining essential REPRODUCTIVE health services during the pandemic (and beyond).

We use the term 'reproductive health' broadly to include pregnancy and childbirth, family planning, safe abortion services, sexually transmitted diseases (including HIV/AIDS), female genital mutilation, gender based violence...

We are grateful to HIFA steering group member Onikepe Owolabi and HIFA global country reresentative coordinator Sanchika Gupta, who are providing expert input for this discussion.

We invite you to share your comments, experience, observations, publications in relation to this topic. Here are three guiding questions - please feel free to address one of these or any other aspect of reproductive health services:

Q1. How has COVID-19 affected the delivery of essential REPRODUCTIVE health services in your health facility or country?

Q2. What has been the impact of health service disruptions on the REPRODUCTIVE health and wellbeing of people in your health facility or country?

Q3. What have you, your health facility or country done to maintain essential REPRODUCTIVE health services?

Together with WHO we are collecting your inputs to create a Learning Brief that will be published on the WHO website to help guide others.

As always, please send your contributions to hifa@hifaforums.org (and please forward this message to any colleagues who have an interest in reproductive health)

Best wishes, Neil

Coordinator, WHO-HIFA Collaboration: HIFA project on Essential Health Services and COVID-19

https://www.hifa.org/projects/essential-health-services-and-covid-19

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HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of the HIFA global health movement (Healthcare Information For All - www.hifa.org ), a global community with more than 20,000 members in 180 countries, interacting on six global forums in four languages in collaboration with WHO. Twitter: @hifa_org FB: facebook.com/HIFAdotORG neil@hifa.org