Planned Parenthood Global and a diverse coalition of local and international organisations in Latin America have re-activated the #NiñasNoMadres (“Girls, Not Mothers”) campaign to shine a light on the increased risks of sexual violence girls are facing in the context of Covid-19 lockdown policies, which is further aggravated by additional barriers to accessing essential reproductive health services. The coalition launched a social media action with strong participation across the region, along with a petition calling … Continued
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) won an injunction in federal court that will expand access to medical abortion care by mail in many (though not all) states in the US. Under this ruling, clinicians who are able to prescribe mifepristone for abortion can now mail or otherwise deliver mifepristone to patients directly – where and as state law allows. The ACLU advises clinicians to consult their lawyers before dispensing mifepristone by mail, to ensure compliance … Continued
Developed by the IPPF Advocacy Advisory Group, this brief focuses on the responses by national IPPF Member Associations to promote, protect and defend SRHR during the Covid-19 pandemic. It illustrates the range of advocacy strategies they have employed to ensure the continuation of services, advocate for innovation in access to and provision of services, respond to attempts from the opposition to counter progress made on SRHR, and ensure the sustainability of SRHR interventions in the … Continued
CEDES and Gynuity Health Projects in collaboration with ASAP, CLACAI, REDAAS and Women Help Women are pleased to share a new resource for providers with access to misoprostol to ensure that safe medical abortion can still be offered during the Covid-19 pandemic and in accordance with social distancing practices. It was developed in response to an outspoken need among providers around the world. The guidance reviews the steps of providing misoprostol for medical abortion and … Continued
The Covid-19 pandemic has affected many countries with increasing morbidity and mortality. Interestingly, many of the actions and policies adopted in countries are linked to the social determinants of health. Social determinants of health are critical determinants of health and health inequalities that are not directly within the health sector. Policies such as social distancing, good hygiene, avoiding large gatherings, cancelling of social and sports events, using personal protective equipment, schools and restaurants closure, country lockdown, etc. are not necessarily within the health sector but have been promoted to prevent and attenuate Covid-19 infection rates significantly. The social determinants of health that serve to reduce morbidity will forestall or substantially reduce the pressure on many weak health systems in developing countries that cannot cope with increased hospitalisation and intensive health care.