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1/29/2021 Learn More

The Community Health Rights Network (COHERINET) is a network of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) leaders from community-based organizations, community health worker corps, and educational institutes across Uganda striving to advance awareness of SRH in hard-to-reach communities. COHERINET serves a diverse range of Ugandans of reproductive age, including women, adolescents, men and boys, and people living with HIV. The coalition seeks to transform SRH at the community level by holding sensitizing, awareness-raising outreach and non-judgmental SRH counselling through community workshops covering topics from safe abortion care and clinic referrals to contraceptive counseling and gender-based violence programming. COHERINET’s flagship program, Aunt KAKI, is a toll-free SRH counseling service, where operators provide stigma-free SRH advising and referrals to callers across Uganda. This service removes the geographical and knowledge barriers that prevent more remote communities from understanding and claiming their SRH rights, proving especially critical during nationwide COVID-19 lockdowns.

1/28/2021 Learn More

This article published on Page 40 of the Hospital News monthly newspaper, which is disseminated across all hospitals in Ontario, Canada, focuses on the ethical obligation of physicians and healthcare workers to provide comprehensive sexual and reproductive healthcare to all migrants and refugees. It also discusses the unaddressed stigma surrounding the topic of conversation and the topic of building health equity amongst those who need equitable care the most.

1/24/2021 Learn More

"The Lancet" Series on Women’s and Children’s Health in Conflict Settings aims to improve understanding of and address the special requirements of providing sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition services in conflict settings. The Series draws upon scholarship from the BRANCH Consortium, providing insights into the nature and dynamics of women’s and children’s health and nutrition in diverse conflict contexts globally. The Series papers articulate a way forward to fill immediate evidence and guidance gaps as well as longer-term action to ensure the most effective humanitarian health response for conflict-affected women and children.

Updated 1/28/2021 Learn More

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, UNFPA Bangladesh developed and implemented innovative solutions to ensure that sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services were continuously being provided and accessible to Rohingya and host communities in Cox’s Bazar, including lifesaving SRH services. One such innovation is the ‘Community-Based Patient Transportation System,’ which provides free and safe transportation to women from the Rohingya camps and host communities to nearby health facilities. This effort is part of a larger project in collaboration with IAWG, WHO/Global Health Cluster, and partners around planning for and operationalize comprehensive SRH programming in Cox’s Bazar. Efforts under this objective were adapted to meet the challenges posed to SRH service provision, access, and expansion by the pandemic. Read more about how the transportation system contributed to safe deliveries and ensuring access to family planning services during the pandemic.

1/14/2021 Learn More

UNFPA and NRC in Jordan organized a virtual training workshop on Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action, with the aim to build the capacity of humanitarian workers, youth workers, and focal points from the different working groups and sectors who are involved in humanitarian response on the “Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action” and its relevant tools and resources.

1/8/2021 Learn More

As the National Midwifery Advisor, UNFPA DRC, Mme Henriette Eke collaborated with the IAWG Training Partnership Initiative on an effort to strengthening the health system through the integration of MISP for Sexual and Reproductive Health into basic midwifery training in the three DRC provinces. Her leadership and vision for this effort – alongside the team at UNFPA, the Ministry of Higher Education and Universities, Ministry of Health, World Health Organization, National Midwifery Association, participating Midwifery Schools, and other partners – resulted in a revised national midwifery curriculum that included the MISP and equipping training institutions, instructors, and internship sites with the tools and training to support the roll out of the new curriculum in Kasai, Central Kasai, and Oriental Kasai. Lessons learned from this monumental achievement greatly contributed to the global SRHR’s community’s understanding of how to successfully plan for operationalize comprehensive SRH services after implementing the MISP during an emergency.