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Preventing Unintended Pregnancies in the Context of COVID-19

Please join the Wilson Center’s Maternal Health Initiative in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), for a panel discussion on strategies to prevent and address unintended pregnancies in the face of COVID-19.

Date & Time

Thursday
Dec. 2, 2021
9:00am – 10:30am ET

Overview

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to weaken health systems and cause major disruptions to health services, including sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services. Research suggests that even a minimal 10% reduction of services will have a devastating impact on SRH outcomes, including 49 million additional women with unmet need for modern contraception and 15 million unintended pregnancies in low- and middle-income countries annually. The pandemic is posing challenges on human resources, supply-chains, service delivery, and service seeking among women and girls in countries across the globe, however it is disproportionately affecting women and girls in low- and middle-income countries. School closures, limited access to comprehensive sexuality education and contraception, and risk of violence against young women and girls put them at higher risk for unintended pregnancies.

Please join the Wilson Center’s Maternal Health Initiative in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), for a panel discussion on strategies to prevent and address unintended pregnancies in the face of COVID-19. This public roundtable will discuss current country strategies and practices for ensuring access to and continuity of SRH services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Follow the conversation on Twitter at @Wilson_MHI and on Instagram at @MaternalHealthInitiative using the hashtags #COVID19andSRH and #MHDialogue. Find more coverage of these issues on our blog, NewSecurityBeat.org/Dot-Mom.

Speaker

Elizabeth Sully

Senior Research Scientist, Guttmacher Institute

Panelists

Valeria Isla

Director of Sexual and Reproductive Health, Ministry of Health, Argentina

Dr. Jean Claude Mulunda

Ipas Country Representative, DRC

Lirisha Tuladhar

Secretary, Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, Nepal

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Maternal Health Initiative

Life and health are the most basic human rights, yet disparities between and within countries continue to grow. No single solution or institution can address the variety of health concerns the world faces. By leveraging, building on, and coordinating the Wilson Center’s strong regional and cross-cutting programming, the Maternal Health Initiative (MHI) promotes dialogue and understanding among practitioners, scholars, community leaders, and policymakers.  Read more

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