Why the Promotion of Family Planning Makes More Sense Now Than Ever Before?

This article analyses the possible consequences of the pandemic on the rights of individuals and couples and endeavours to provide justifications for continued national commitment and investments in family planning.

As sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights are fundamental to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, the author states that it is critical to focus on ensuring rights-based family planning, because it is intimately associated with fundamental human rights, addresses the issue of equity, equality and universality and provides valid and practical solutions to the vital economic quagmire that has unfolded as a consequence of this global crisis.

Source: Why the Promotion of Family Planning Makes More Sense Now Than Ever Before?

    How to Manage Coronavirus Anxiety During Pregnancy

    Around the world, the rapid spread of the coronavirus and attempts to slow down the virus’s spread have led to dramatic shifts in day-to-day life and routines. Everyone feels uneasy by the news, not to mention the social distancing guidelines which require us to adopt self-isolation. These are stressful times. But for moms-to-be, there are additional concerns, too.

    Source: How to Manage Coronavirus Anxiety During Pregnancy

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    Building Resilient Societies after COVID-19: The Case for Investing in Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health

    Although it is only possible to recognize resilience retrospectively, the COVID-19 pandemic has occurred at a point in human history when, uniquely, sufficient knowledge is available on the early-life determinants of health to indicate clearly that a focus on maternal, neonatal, and child health (MNCH) will promote later resilience.

    This knowledge offers an unprecedented opportunity to disrupt entrenched strategies and to reinvest in MNCH in the post-COVID-19 so-called new normal. Furthermore, analysis of the short-term, medium-term, and longer-term consequences of previous socioeconomic shocks provides important insights into those domains of MNCH, such as neurocognitive development and nutrition, for which investment will generate the greatest benefit.

    Furthermore, analysis of the short-term, medium-term, and longer-term consequences of previous socioeconomic shocks provides important insights into those domains of MNCH, such as neurocognitive development and nutrition, for which investment will generate the greatest benefit. Such considerations apply to high-income countries (HICs) and low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs). However, implementing appropriate policies in the post-COVID-19 recovery period will be challenging and requires political commitment and public engagement.

    Source: Building Resilient Societies after COVID-19: The Case for Investing in Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health

      Providing Maternal Health Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Nepal

      By the beginning of 2020, Nepal had reached a tipping point with over 60% of births occurring in a health facility—a three times increase from just 18% in 2006.

      National lockdown happened very early in Nepal, on March 21, 2020, well before any community spread of COVID-19. The lockdown took the form of severe restrictions on transport and closure of outpatient departments of many hospitals.

      In this article, the authors compare intrapartum care before and during the lockdown period in Nepal. The number of institutional births decreased by 52·4% during the first 2 months of lockdown, and women in relatively disadvantaged ethnic groups were found to be affected more than those in more advantaged groups, indicating a widening equity gap due to COVID-19. They also found that quality of care in the hospitals was compromised compared with before lockdown.

      Source: Providing Maternal Health Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Nepal

        COVID-19, Maternal and Child Health, Nutrition – What Does the Science Tell Us?

        This resource tool is compiled by the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health and provides an overview of what peer-reviewed journal articles currently state on COVID-19, maternal and child health (including infants), and nutrition.

        As the pandemic is ongoing more and more research results are published.

        Source: COVID-19, Maternal and Child Health, Nutrition – What Does the Science Tell Us?

          Accélération de l’offre de l’auto-prise en charge au temps de COVID-19 : Ce que cela signifie pour aujourd’hui et pour l’avenir.

          Ce que cela signifie pour aujourd’hui et pour l’avenir.​ Cet article, co-écrit par des partenaires du PSI et de Jhpiego, explore la question importante de l’offre de l’auto-prise en charge dans le contexte de la pandémie COVID-19. (Lisez l’article en anglais.)

          Source: Accélération de l’offre de l’auto-prise en charge au temps de COVID-19 : Ce que cela signifie pour aujourd’hui et pour l’avenir.

            Monitoring COVID-19’s Effects on Family Planning: What Should We Measure?

            As health care systems are stretched to capacity dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are worried that delivery of essential health services—including family planning—is being severely compromised. On the supply side, we may be able to monitor availability of family counselors and contraceptives to meet needs. But what of the demand side? How can we monitor shifts in women’s family planning needs and preferences in light of the social and economic shocks they are facing due to the pandemic?

            Source: Monitoring COVID-19’s Effects on Family Planning: What Should We Measure?

              Insights from COVID-19 Youth Task Force

              This article provides insights from the COVID-19 Youth Task Force on sustaining access to voluntary contraception and reproductive health information and care by youth in East Africa during the pandemic. Youth and adolescents need special consideration—while they are sometimes neglected, they increasingly make up a bulk of the population. This article articulates the important role of decision makers and technical advisors in enhancing access to voluntary reproductive health care by youth during COVID-19.

              Source: Insights from COVID-19 Youth Task Force

                14 Actions You Can Take Today to Adapt Your Program for COVID-19

                This interactive collection from Knowledge SUCCESS synthesizes the major COVID-19 global guidelines and guidance documents into 14 concrete actions that programs can take today to ensure continued voluntary family planning and reproductive health care. Each action links to related resources to help you get started. Features resources from WHO, Breakthrough ACTION, FIGO, HIPs, RHSC, AFP, and others.

                Source: 14 Actions You Can Take Today to Adapt Your Program for COVID-19

                  COVID-19 PSAs Zambia: COVID-19, HIV and Me

                  This is an animated video that takes an empowering look at how people living with HIV in Zambia can manage during COVID-19. Bwalya is a young woman living with HIV in Zambia, she has some key questions as to how she can protect herself from COVID-19. As she visits the clinic and her nurse, she shares what she’s learned.

                  Source: COVID-19 PSAs Zambia: COVID-19, HIV and Me