C-19 and SRHR in the Pacific
APGPD members and their staff were able to join in a discussion on the impact of CoVID-19 on SRHR services in the Asia-Pacific region. Four local experts shared their wisdom and experiences of recent months, working with governments across often remote locations, to ensure services were still available.
Thank you to
Tomoko Fukuda — Regional Director of International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) - East, South East Asia and Oceania Region
Grishma Bista — Country Director, Marie Stopes Timor Leste
Matelita Seva-Cadravula — Executive Director of the Reproductive and Family Health Association of Fiji (RFHAF)
Adjunct Professor Ann Brassil — CEO of Family Planning NSW
for updating the APGPD and reminding us that 'sex does not stop' during a pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the availability and accessibility of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) services worldwide. This is placing women, adolescent girls and marginalised populations at risk. Evidence from previous public health emergencies is clear – meeting the SRHR needs of communities, especially women and girls, is crucial to protect health and prevent avoidable deaths.
By December 2020 local services were seeing the benefits of prevention programming that had rolled out at the beginning of the pandemic, with the recognition that sexual health services are essential. We will need to continue to adapt to a new normal in the coming months and years, with relationships; between governments, INGOs, and services, vital in maintaining good access to critical sexual health and reproductive supports.
APGPD members can access a full recording of the discussion, just get in touch with the secretariat for details.