On April 27, Knowledge SUCCESS hosted a webinar, “COVID-19 and Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health (AYSRH): Stories of Resilience and Lessons Learned from Program Adaptations.” Five speakers from around the world presented data and their experiences on the impact of COVID-19 on AYSRH outcomes, services, and programs.
Connecting the Dots Between Evidence and Experience combines the latest evidence with implementation experiences to help technical advisors and program managers understand emerging trends in family planning and inform adaptations to their own programs. The inaugural edition focuses on the impact of COVID-19 on family planning in Africa and Asia.
The race to adapt to COVID-19 has resulted in a shift to virtual formats for health care training and service provision. This has amplified reliance on digital technologies. What does this mean for women seeking services but lacking the knowledge of and access to these technologies?
The COVID-19 pandemic has disordered the livelihoods of adolescents and young people across Uganda’s communities in many ways. With the first COVID-19 wave in March 2020 came the adoption of containment measures, such as the closure of schools, movement restrictions, and self-isolation. As a result, the health and well-being of young people, especially adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health (AYSRH) in Uganda, took a hit.
A conversation with Dr. Otto Chabikuli, FHI 360’s Director of Global Health, Population and Nutrition, highlights important lessons from the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Dr. Chabikuli discusses contributing factors—from lack of funding and manufacturing capacity to political will and vaccine acceptance—that have affected vaccination rates worldwide; how those same factors apply to family planning and reproductive health; and how other vaccine campaign approaches are relevant.
Recap of a webinar on high-impact approaches to support the introduction and scale-up of the self-injectable contraceptive DMPA-SC in Francophone family planning programs in Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, and Togo.
Recapulatif du webinaire sur les approches à haut impact pour l’introduction et le passage à l’échelle de l'utilisation de la contraception auto-injectable.
In October 2020, staff at the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) noticed a change in the search patterns bringing people to the Knowledge SUCCESS website. “What is the advocacy message of family planning” had moved up the charts, with a nearly 900% increase over the previous month. 99% of those queries originated in the Philippines due to a UNFPA Philippines warning stating that the country risked a spike in the number of unintended pregnancies if coronavirus-related quarantine measures remained in place until the end of 2020.
Findings from the ECHO trial led to an increased focus in HIV prevention in family planning programs. Here's what else needs to happen in the COVID-19 context.