COVID-19 and Family Planning/Reproductive Health Task Team Story Map
In May 2020, the WHO/IBP Network, USAID-funded Knowledge SUCCESS project and the USAID-funded Research for Scalable Solutions (R4S) project formed the COVID-19 and Family Planning/Reproductive Health Task Team to create a space to discuss challenges faced by family planning stakeholders during the pandemic. Members shared both short-term adaptations and longer-term strategies in response, and the Task Team has documented these in an interactive story map*.
Click the image to access the interactive map.
IBP members’ challenges resonate across borders – lockdowns and related restrictions, lack of information, and governments and health systems pushed to the brink. In response, many noted their reliance on high impact practices to ensure service delivery, social and behavior change, and advocacy efforts to promote family planning are based on evidence. Adaptations varied from context to context, but many activities have been re-envisioned or paused. Illustrative adaptations include supplying multiple months of contraceptives, community-based surveillance of COVID-19, and technical assistance to develop plans to ensure the continuation of service delivery.
To view the ArcGIS Story Map in English, click here (French map coming soon). The map can be viewed by programmatic area by clicking on the arrow on the left of the screen. Once you click on a country, you will see information about the project, the type of COVID-19 challenges faced, the adaptations implemented, and contact information if you’d like to speak directly with the program.
The Task Team invites you to contribute information about how you are adapting family planning activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please fill out this Google form to submit your information and have it included in the map. If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can join the COVID-19 and FP/RH Task Team by visiting www.ibpnetwork.org and registering, and then visiting the IBPXchange and joining the group. Sign-up for the IBP list serve here.
*This map was inspired by a similar one developed by PSI to visualize their COVID-related program adaptations.