5 Adaptations that Keep Family Planning Available During West Africa ’s COVID Response

By Molly Rosett, Program manager, IntraHealth International ; Fatimata Sow, Communications and program manager, the Challenge Initiative, IntraHealth International A health worker offers family planning counseling in Senegal, before the pandemic. Since COVID-19, more people are hesitant to visit health facilities, and many health workers in West Africa are concerned about a drop in access to services. Photo by Cl ément Tardif for IntraHealth International.July 09, 2020As governments in francophone West Africa turn their focus to COVID-19 pandemic response, the already-limited number of qualified health workers is being reassigned to test and treat infected patients. As infection rates rise, many clients are beginning to see a trip to the health center as a potential health risk.As a result, we’re already seeing the impact of COVID-19 on access to and use of family planning services.So we have to adapt.The Challenge Initiative (TCI) Francophone West Africa Hub is working closely with local partners and officials in West Africa to adjust in real time to COVID-19. This global project follows abusiness unusual model, in which francophone West African cities lead the way to increasing access to family planning in urban areas to ensure lasting, cost-efficient results. The hub is active in 11 cities across five West African countries and employs proven, high-impact interventions—including universal referrals and free family planning days—to reach ...
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