Ensuring sexual and reproductive safety in times of COVID-19: IPPF Member Associations’ advocacy good practices & lessons learned




The COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences are negatively affecting the availability of and access to basic services, including sexual and reproductive health (SRH) care, and is further exacerbating existing inequalities. IPPF Member Associations have been impacted by the spread of COVID-19, as service delivery points have been forced to close and some operations have had to be suspended.

Concerted political action to secure sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) provision is necessary to adequately face this challenge – to this end, IPPF Member Associations have been actively engaging in advocacy with decision makers at national, regional and international levels to ensure that access to SRHR and SRH services is safeguarded and available to all who need it. They have demonstrated exceptional innovativeness, leadership and resilience in their advocacy efforts to secure these goals.

IPPF Member Associations have been engaging through a wide range of strategies with policy makers:

  • to secure and promote the continued provision of and access to SRH care and SRHR programmes,
  • champion innovative approaches to service provision and programme delivery,
  • counter attacks on SRHR and
  • ensure that long-term policy design and programming on SRHR is not impacted by a shift in priorities.

The Member Associations have been inspiring and encouraging each other, stimulating a vibrant and
diverse advocacy response to the challenges posed by COVID-19.

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