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Pathfinder Responds to COVID-19

Building community and health system resilience during a crisis

COVID-19 has hit all countries where we work. Pathfinder is working with governments in 17 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.

As more facilities, equipment, and staff are diverted to support COVID-19 response are at risk of losing access to critical sexual and reproductive health resources. We are already seeing disruptions to supplies of contraception and other essential reproductive and sexual health commodities and increases in gender-based violence.

Without innovative solutions and intensified support to health systems that focus on the frontline health workers, majority of whom are women, we will continue to see a rise in gender-based violence, unintended pregnancies, and maternal deaths, and a decrease in economic opportunities for women and girls.

Pathfinder’s targeted response will help vulnerable women, girls, and their communities not only survive this crisis but come through it stronger and more resilient.


 

How we’re building resilience in the face of COVID-19

We commend the new UN policy brief, “The Impact of COVID-19 on Women.” Read our full response >>

You can help vulnerable communities through this crisis.

The virus is in all of the 17 nations we serve. As trusted partners of local governments, we are positioned to support ministries of health during upcoming critical response. In Kenya, we have already helped HIV-positive patients secure 3-month supply of lifesaving ART medication, reducing their risk of infection as the virus spreads.

We need you with us to continue this work – and provide essential reproductive health services – throughout the crisis. This work rests in your hands. Please, make your emergency gift now.

Spotlight on the Field

Guttmacher — Estimates of the Potential Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Sexual and Reproductive Health in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

WGH’S Five Asks to Strengthen Responses to COVID-19 & Prepare for the Future

The WHO on COVID-19 and Sexual and Reproductive Health

Guttmacher — From Bad to Worse: The COVID-19 Pandemic Risks Further Undermining Adolescents’ Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Many Countries

SVRI Knowledge Exchange — Pivoting to remote research on violence against women during COVID-19

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