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Continuity of Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health, Family Planning, and Reproductive Health Care in the Time of COVID-19: Webinar 1

June 18, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am

Organized by USAID

Continuity of Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health, Family Planning, and Reproductive Health Care in the Time of COVID-19: Webinar 1

June 18, 2020


Please join the US Agency for International Development (USAID)’s MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership for a three-part knowledge exchange webinar series, where we will hear learnings and practical strategies from country leaders on mitigating disruption of services for maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH); voluntary family planning (FP); and reproductive health (RH) care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As COVID-19 cases rise in Africa and Asia, there have been significant disruptions in access to and provision of essential health care for women and children. Countries face supply constraints, and women are reluctant to attend routine care for themselves or their children for fear of infection. COVID-19 presents challenges to countries providing essential MNCH/voluntary FP/RH care, since it has prompted many governments to take corrective action, such as social distancing, national lockdowns and reallocation of resources to national COVID-19 response efforts.

This knowledge exchange series will bring together global and country partners, including ministry of health counterparts, to capture and exchange country experiences to ensure that best practices are disseminated and adopted across countries during these challenging times.

The first exchange in this series will focus on the impact of the pandemic on essential maternal and newborn health services, voluntary FP/RH care, and country-led action to combat these challenges. We will highlight strategies such as leveraging technology; prioritizing water, sanitation and hygiene, and infection prevention and control in facilities and communities; developing clear policy guidance; ensuring protection of the health workforce; and more. Please join us.


Kerry Pelzman, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Global Health, USAID

Dr. Tim Roberton, Assistant Scientist, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Ahmad Makuwani, Assistant Director, Reproductive and Child Health Section, Tanzania Ministry of Health

Dr. Meseret Zelalem, Director, MNCH Department, Federal Ministry of Health of Ethiopia

Dr. Bulbul Sood, Country Director, Jhpiego India

Dr. Koki Agarwal, Project Director, USAID’s MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership

Moderator: Sarah Barnes, Project Director, Maternal Health Initiative; Women and Gender Advisor, Wilson Center

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