Please join the US Agency for International Development (USAID)’s MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership for a three-part knowledge exchange webinar series, where we will hear learnings and practical strategies from country leaders on mitigating disruption of services for maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH); voluntary family planning (FP); and reproductive health (RH) care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As COVID-19 cases rise in Africa and Asia, there have been significant disruptions and access to a provision of essential healthcare for women and children. Countries face supply constraints, and women are reluctant to attend routine care for themselves or their children for fear of infection. COVID-19 presents challenges to countries providing essential MNCH/voluntary FP/RH care, since it has prompted many governments to take corrective action, such as social distancing, national lockdowns and reallocation of resources to national COVID-19 response efforts.
This knowledge exchange series will bring together global and country partners, including ministry of health counterparts, to capture and exchange country experiences to ensure that best practices are disseminated in adopt across countries during these challenging times.
The first exchange in this series will focus on the impact of the pandemic on essential maternal and newborn child services, voluntary FP/RH care, and country-led action to combat these challenges. We will highlight strategies such as leveraging technology; prioritizing water, sanitation and hygiene, and infection prevention and control in facilities in communities; developing clear policy guidance; ensuring protection of the health workforce; and more. Please join us.
- Kerry Pelzman, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Global Health, USAID
- Dr. Tim Roberton, Assistant Scientist, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
- Dr. Ahmad Makuwani, Assistant Director, Reproductive and Child Health Section, Tanzania Ministry of Health
- Dr. Meseret Zelalem, Director, MNCH department, Federal Ministry of Health of Ethiopia
- Dr. Bulbul Sood, Country Director, Jhpiego India
- Dr. Koki Agarwal, Project Director, USAID’s MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership
- Moderator: Sarah Barnes, Project Director, Maternal Health Initiative; Women and Gender Advisor, Wilson Center
Photo by Fernando Fidélis/Jhpiego