Lessons learned from COVID-19 offer direction for a post-pandemic world

Exactly one year after the World Health Organization made its pandemic declaration, UNFPA estimated that 12 million women experienced disruptions to family planning services during the pandemic, resulting in 1.4 million unintended pregnancies. Despite this grim assessment, we have reason for optimism.

Many health care systems adapted to changing conditions much faster than originally anticipated, and in some countries, people altered their approach to obtaining care when circumstances required it. Such quick action proved to be critical to reducing COVID-19′s negative impact on reproductive health. But it shouldn’t have taken a pandemic to implement these common-sense measures; they should have been in place all along.

To help disseminate best practices, tools, research and other insights to reduce the negative impact of COVID-19 on sexual and reproductive health services, the Gates Institute has compiled a database of community-contributed resources available to the public. Our mission moving forward must be to institutionalize the adaptations that enabled a relatively rapid resumption of services while identifying ways to prevent long-term disruptions from wreaking additional havoc. For many women, there is no interest in returning to the previous status quo.

View the August 2021 edition of Positive Disruptions here >>

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 - 09:45