Evidence from the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic indicated that the secondary effects of COVID-19—from lockdowns to diverted health resources to the role of women as caregivers—would disproportionately impact women and girls.
So what did Pathfinder do?
• Advocated for countries to declare sexual and reproductive health care essential, and kept services open during the pandemic.
• Helped to reorganize services to adhere to social distancing guidelines and supported remote service delivery where possible.
• Got the message out—about how women and girls could continue to access sexual and reproductive health care while preventing the spread of COVID-19.
• Engaged women and girls in response planning.
• Proactively planned for supply disruptions of key commodities including contraception.
• Made sure health workers, police workforce, and community-based organizations knew the risks of disclosing information about women who reported intimate partner violence, and advocated for gender-based violence services to remain open.
• Advocated for and compiled sex- and age-disaggregated data to inform COVID-19 response.