Building community and health system resilience during a crisis
As COVID-19 rages on, Pathfinder is working with governments in 20+ countries to forge stronger health and social systems that maintain essential sexual and reproductive health services, keep our staff safe, and prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Right now, a deadly wave of COVID-19 is overwhelming India. New cases have hit 400,000+ each day, and more than 230,000 people have lost their lives — a figure that experts believe dramatically undercounts the true death toll. Our local Pathfinder colleagues and government partners have called for our help getting families access to vaccines and purchasing and distributing urgently needed N95 masks, disinfectant, and COVID-19 tests.
The heart of our challenge, in India and globally, since the onset of the pandemic has been to continue our critical sexual and reproductive health work in an era where COVID-19 has complicated nearly every decision. Lockdowns, supply shortages, and at times, a fear of going to health facilities due to COVID-19 have challenged the continued provision of sexual and reproductive health care.
But our staff, and the communities they work alongside, are more than up to the challenge. Pathfinder’s targeted response is helping women, girls, and their communities not only survive this crisis but come through it stronger and more resilient.