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MSI Briefing: The impact of COVID-19 on reproductive rights and access

Thursday 20 August 2020 Olivia Jardine Contraception, Safe abortion and post abortion care, Press release, Webinar, Maternal health, Outreach, Centres, Young people, Policy and advocacy, Women's health

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As COVID-19 continues to devastate lives and communities across the world, MSI has launched a new report sharing data on the impact of the pandemic on access to sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights, alongside insights and learnings from our frontline providers. 

In our short report, Resilience, Adaptation and Action: MSI’s response to COVID-19, we share new data on the impact of COVID-19 on our safe abortion and contraceptive services, frontline stories of resilience and innovation, and new insights from our Ipsos MORI survey on how women’s access has been affected by life under lockdown in the UK, South Africa and India. 

To launch the report, we held a virtual briefing on Wednesday 19th, to discuss the impact so far and predictions for the future of SRHR under COVID-19 and beyond. 
We were joined by speakers from MSI and the Nigerian Ministry of Health to hear about the impact of the crisis on reproductive healthcare and rights, how COVID-19 has presented a catalyst for change, and what needs to be done now to protect life-saving services.

Speakers included:

  • Bethan Cobley, Director of External Affairs, introducing our new Ipsos MORI findings on the impact of COVID-19 on women’s access in the UK, South Africa and India
  • Anisa Berdellima, Senior Manager of Impact and Sustainability, presenting the impact that COVID-19 has had on MSI’s services and how programmes have adapted
  • Dr Afolabi, Director of Reproductive Healthcare at the Nigerian Ministry of Health, presenting on the importance of partnership between states and providers during a crisis
  • Dr Rashmi Ardey, Clinical Director of FRHS India (one of two MSI programmes in India), presenting on the impact of COVID-19 on frontline provision of safe abortion and women’s access in India, under severe lockdown
  • Whitney Chinogwenya, Marketing Manager at Marie Stopes South Africa, presenting on South Africa’s telemedicine programme, which has delivered safe abortion access under lockdown.

Watch the webinar in full below and the slides can be downloaded here. Join the conversation over social media via #SpotlightSRHR. 

We hope that sharing our data around additional barriers and lessons learned from our programmes will help us as a community prepare and adapt for the next stages of this pandemic and future crises. 

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