Even as Jhpiego is focused on COVID-19, our field of vision extends beyond the pandemic,
past this moment in time. In the midst of this crisis, sex doesn’t stop. Nor do domestic abuse, gender-based violence and child marriage. We know this. We clearly see both the unmet and continuing needs for contraception by women and adolescents. Their health and the wellbeing of their families are a function of their ability to protect themselves against unintended pregnancies.
Not long ago, Ebola threatened to quickly reverse achievements in increasing use of family planning in West Africa. In Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, family planning supplies dwindled and contraceptive choice went by the wayside as the deadly disease spread. Women avoided going to hospitals and clinics, which were viewed as vectors of the disease. Funding dried up for these essential health care services; limited resources were diverted to fight Ebola.
The lessons learned then are guiding us now as we pursue the continuity of safe and trusted high-quality, voluntary family planning services in West Africa and around the world. Here are a few examples of what we’re doing to assure that women and adolescents have what they need during the COVID-19 pandemic.