Session Date: April 22, 2021
Session Description: The COVID-19 pandemic has substantially strained health systems across the globe. As governments and family planning programs grapple with how best to respond to the direct and indirect effects of the pandemic on family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH), the implementation and adaptation of evidence-based practices is crucial. In this session, we will highlight applications of the High Impact Practices in Family Planning (HIPs) toward COVID-19 response efforts and the maintenance of FP/RH care during the pandemic. The HIPs are a set of evidence-based family planning practices which reflect global expert consensus on what works in family planning programming. Global family planning experts from East and Southern Africa will share their experiences implementing and adapting Digital Health, Mobile Outreach, and Community Health Worker HIPs in response to COVID-19 related challenges. During the live Q&A session, panelists will provide opportunities to facilitate global learning and knowledge-sharing among participants, including an invitation to join and contribute to the IBP COVID-19 and FP/RH Task Team. This session will be facilitated by colleagues from FP2030, FHI360, PSI, Save the Children, and USAID.