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Introducing a Curated Collection: COVID-19 and Voluntary Family Planning Resources

Too much information can be almost as bad as too little. That's why we've collected the best resources on voluntary family planning during COVID-19—all in one convenient place.

COVID-19 has left no aspect of public health unaffected, and voluntary family planning is no exception. Providers have had to rethink how they provide care during lockdowns or while maintaining physical distance, including in some settings where access is already limited; supply chain disruptions have required innovative solutions to ensure that commodities make it to their destinations. Harsh lockdown conditions and general pandemic stress have contributed to an increase of violence against women. As we know, policy is an important part of recovery, and advocates are working to encourage governments to secure reliable access to family planning care during the pandemic and after.

The good news is, so many organizations are working on solutions to all these challenges, and they are eagerly sharing their results and ideas. However, this wealth of information can quickly become overwhelming—and as we all know, the best information in the world is useless if those who need it can’t find it. That’s why Knowledge SUCCESS has curated a list of resources addressing family planning in the context of COVID-19, across five thematic areas:

  1. Self-care
  2. Supply Chain
  3. Gender and gender-based violence (GBV)
  4. FP/RH Access
  5. Policy and other advocacy

This is a living collection, to be updated quarterly with carefully selected resources in formats to hopefully suit your preferred learning style. Whether you’re a brief-reader or a podcast-listener, we hope you find something here to inspire you.

Our five thematic areas are listed below. You can quickly jump to resources in that section by clicking on the thematic area.

We acknowledge our colleagues Joy Cunningham, Suzanne Fischer, Reana Thomas, Frederick Mubiru, Kirsten Krueger, and Leigh Wynne for their work compiling this collection.

Introducing a Curated Collection: COVID-19 and Voluntary Family Planning Resources
Shannon Davis

Managing Editor

Shannon Davis joined the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs in 2013. She primarily supports Knowledge SUCCESS' knowledge management efforts using her background in website organization, content management, and writing. She's done a variety of things in government, higher education, and nonprofit settings, but most of them have involved writing and websites. Frequent activities include writing, researching, proofreading, Googling, learning new words, making great websites better, and drinking coffee. Shannon holds a Master of Fine Arts in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology from Towson University.

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