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"Sexual and reproductive health represents a major public health issue in times of epidemics because women and girls can be more exposed. It is essential that we continue to offer services for treating infections and for family planning, pregnancy and childbirth. "
Like many healthcare providers around the world, Family Health Options Kenya (FHOK) have adapted their services in response to the coronavirus outbreak. We caught up FHOK's Executive Director, Edward Marienga, on how this has been achieved during these challenging times.
Healthcare workers are the backbone of any healthcare emergency response, and COVID-19 is no different. Despite the difficult circumstances many of them face, they continue to deliver vital healthcare to their communities. We talk to Malak Dirani, a midwife in Lebanon of the impact COVID-19 on her work.
Nine years of war have left Syria’s infrastructure – including healthcare systems – strained and exhausted. With the outbreak of COVID-19, healthcare systems will be placed under further pressure. We talk to the Executive Director of the Syrian Family Planning Association to discuss the impact of coronavirus.
North Macedonia has one of the highest coronavirus mortality rates in the Balkan region, with 15% of those infected being health professionals. HERA, IPPF's Member Association there, has been adapting to the sudden new challenges COVID-19 has posed for sexual and reproductive health.
This crisis, unlike any other in our recent history, has amplified the need to accelerate efforts to build strong and resilient health systems, and achieve progress towards universal health coverage (UHC). UHC means that all people can obtain quality health services that they need without suffering financial hardship.
FPA Sri Lanka have been quick to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. One of their many innovations is the hotline call center called 'Happy Life', with the aim of keeping people fully informed of their family planning options. We spoke to Executive Director, Thushara Agus, to find out more about the impact and their response.
"Whether we look at this as a crisis or as an opportunity to reshape our thinking depends on us. So use this period as a lesson on how to live life with a concern for all humankind." An interview with Syed Kamal Shah, CEO of Rahnuma-Family Planning Association of Pakistan.
A pregnancy during the current outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) could mean that fear, anxiety and uncertainty around your health and your unborn baby’s health has crept in. Understandably, you may have a lot of questions, so to help you answer some of these we've put together the following guidance on pregnancy and COVID-19.
We are in the midst of a pandemic, and one way to slow down the spread of coronavirus is through implementing a lockdown and quarantine measures. This means confining yourself to your home with your family – which can also include your abuser.