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SAFE ENGAGE Presents a New Training Module on COVID-19 and Sexual and Reproductive Health

The module includes two presentations that unpack the pandemic’s anticipated effects on sexual and reproductive health, with a focus on abortion care and guidance on how to engage policymakers.

The rapid spread of the coronavirus pandemic around the globe since early 2020 has severely impacted women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights in many ways. PRB’s latest training module, “COVID-19 and Sexual and Reproductive Health: Impacts and Responses,” is intended for civil society actors working to ensure communities maintain access to essential care and advocating for protections of sexual and reproductive health and rights to governments and national stakeholders. The module includes two presentations that unpack the pandemic’s anticipated effects on sexual and reproductive health, with a focus on abortion care and guidance on how to engage policymakers on this topic.

The pandemic has disrupted access to care, rerouted funding streams, impeded supply chains, and diverted the attention of decisionmakers and the media away from sexual and reproductive health priorities. Lockdowns and other measures intended to slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 have had secondary impacts that negatively affect women’s health, such as increases in domestic and gender-based violence and interruptions in access to essential health care including contraceptive care and safe abortion. In the longer term, the effects of these interruptions to care weaken the health system and risk wide-ranging health and societal impacts as millions of women cope with unwanted pregnancy.

Lessons from past epidemics and disasters can give us some framework to understand the risks of the coronavirus pandemic. These past examples highlight the fact that society’s most vulnerable people—including women and girls—are disproportionately at risk of adverse impacts.

“COVID-19 and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights” examines the pandemic’s impact on access to comprehensive reproductive health care services, and “How to Engage With Policymakers and the Media During the COVID-19 Pandemic” discusses strategies that can be used to engage with policymakers during periods of crisis.

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Avortements à risque—une crise pour la RDC et pour la province du Sud-Kivu

Produit: ENGAGE Presentation

Rédigé par: Population Reference Bureau

Date: 20 octobre 2019

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Avortements à risque

Étant un des pays avec la plus forte mortalité maternelle dans le monde, à 846 décès maternels sur 100 000 naissances vivantes, la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) s’engage à réduire les décès évitables, comme ceux dus à l’avortement à risque. La RDC se trouve à un point tournant pour l’expansion de l’accès aux droits sexuels et reproductifs de la femme. En mars 2018, le Protocole de Maputo a été publié dans le Journal Officiel, légalisant l’accès à l’avortement sécurisé dans le pays. Pourtant, depuis ce temps, le progrès sur la mise en œuvre du Protocole de Maputo a pris du temps, pendant que les normes et directives soient développés et disséminés à travers le pays, un processus qui connaît un retard dû à la pandémie COVID-19.

Entretemps, la situation COVID-19 a également augmenté l’urgence sur l’accès aux soins, comme les femmes sont d’autant plus vulnérables aux violences et aux grossesses non-désirées. Dans l’Est de la RDC, ou des décennies de conflit et des crises humanitaires ont contribué à des taux élevés de violences sexuelles et basées sur le genre, le système de santé est affaibli et des femmes continuent à chercher des avortements à risque, mettant leurs vies en danger.

Dans le Sud-Kivu, à l’Est de la RDC, des acteurs locaux s’engagent pour plaider auprès du gouvernement provincial afin de répondre à cette situation urgente et de capitaliser sur le progrès fait pour élargir les droits de la femme pour l’accès à l’avortement sécurisé en RDC. A travers un édit provincial harmonisant les directives sur les soins d’avortement sécurisé, l’allocation de ressources pour l’avortement médicamenteux, et le renforcement de la chaîne d’approvisionnement affaiblie, le Sud-Kivu pourrait répondre aux besoins urgents des femmes et filles, et sauver des vies.

 

 

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Unsafe Abortion—A Crisis for the DRC and the Province of South Kivu

Product: ENGAGE Multimedia Presentation

Author: Population Reference Bureau

Date: October 20, 2020

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As one of the countries with the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, at 846 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is aiming to reduce deaths due to preventable causes, such as unsafe abortion.

The DRC is at a key turning point for expanding access to women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. In March 2018, the Maputo Protocol was published in the country’s official journal, effectively legalizing access to safe abortion in the country. However, since that time, progress on implementation of the Maputo Protocol has taken time as guidelines for care are developed and rolled out across the country, a process which has been slowed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 has also increased the urgency for expanded access to care, as women are more vulnerable to violence or unwanted pregnancy. In eastern DRC in particular, where decades of conflict and humanitarian crises have contributed to high rates of sexual and gender-based violence, the health system is weak and women continue to seek unsafe abortion, placing their lives at risk.

In South Kivu, in eastern DRC, local actors are engaging in advocacy with the provincial government to respond to this urgent situation and capitalize on the progress that has been made towards expanding women’s rights to safe abortion in DRC. Through a provincial edict that would harmonize guidance around abortion care, allocation of resources to support medication abortion, and reinforcement of the weakened supply chain, South Kivu can respond to the urgent needs of women and girls and save lives.

 

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Growing Together: Multisectoral Investments in Malawi’s Youth

Product: ENGAGE Multimedia Presentation

Author: Health Policy Plus

Date: October 20, 2020

In Malawi, strategic and multisectoral investments in youth are critical pieces of national growth and development. Growing Together: Multisectoral Investments in Malawi’s Youth is an ENGAGE™ multimedia presentation that describes the necessary investments in young people’s health, education, employment opportunities, and participation in governance that can create a window of opportunity for accelerated economic development.

The goal of Growing Together: Multisectoral Investments in Malawi’s Youth is to build awareness of the overlapping needs and priorities of multiple sectors and increase support for cross-sectoral investments in Malawi’s young people. To achieve this goal, the presentation is designed to boost individuals’ understanding of the links between and among young peoples’ health, education, employment, and meaningful participation in governance, and how investments in each of these sectors can contribute to Malawi’s growth and development.

Developed with the guidance of a multisectoral taskforce chaired by the Ministry of Health and with representatives of government and civil society, the presentation incorporates youth interview clips, up-to-date research and data, and specific policy recommendations. Target audiences include national and subnational government policymakers; health, education, employment, and youth sector leaders; program officials; journalists; and others.

Growing Together: Multisectoral Investments in Malawi’s Youth is a 19-minute presentation available as a narrated video and a click-through .exe file for live presentations. The presentation is accompanied by a presentation guide designed to help users make the most of the presentation. The guide includes supplemental materials such as the full presentation script, references, key messages with screenshots, FAQs, and a discussion guide that can be used to prompt interaction and dialogue among viewers.

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Growing Together: Multisectoral Investments in Malawi’s Youth

Growing Together: Multisectoral Investments in Malawi’s Youth

Presentation Guide

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Malawi ENGAGE™ Media Clips: English

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Malawi ENGAGE™ : Chichewa

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Kukulira Limodzi: Kufesa Mipamba Yangodya Zotukulira Achinyamata m'Malawi

Kukulira Limodzi: Kufesa Mipamba Yangodya Zotukulira Achinyamata m'Malawi

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Malawi ENGAGE™ Media Clips: Chichewa

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HP+ is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by USAID under Agreement No. AID-OAA-A-15-00051, beginning Aug. 28, 2015. HP+ is implemented by Palladium, in collaboration with Avenir Health, Futures Group Global Outreach, Plan International USA, Population Reference Bureau, RTI International, ThinkWell, and the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood.

This presentation was produced for review by USAID. It was prepared by HP+. The information provided is not official U.S. Government information and does not necessarily reflect the views or positions of USAID or the U.S. Government.

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Préserver la santé et bâtir l’avenir du Burkina Faso : rendre accessible l’avortement sécurisé

Produit: ENGAGE Multimedia Presentation

Rédigé par: Population Reference Bureau

Date: 14 septembre 2020

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Préserver la santé et bâtir l’avenir du Burkina Faso

Au Burkina Faso, une grossesse sur dix se termine par un avortement provoqué. La grande majorité de ces interruptions de grossesse sont pratiquées de manière clandestine et non sécurisée, c’est-à-dire à l’aide d’une méthode inappropriée ou par un prestataire non formé, ou les deux à la fois. Les avortements non sécurisés sont dangereux pour la santé en général et constituent une menace vitale pour la vie des femmes de façon spécifique. Elles épuisent également les ressources financières du système de santé et contribuent à la mortalité maternelle.

Bien que l’avortement soit juridiquement limité au Burkina Faso, il est autorisé par la loi dans certains cas. Mais de nombreux obstacles empêchent les femmes d’accéder à ce service, surtout en milieu rural. En élargissant l’accès à l’avortement sécurisé dans le cadre de la loi, le Burkina Faso pourrait diminuer la mortalité maternelle du fait des avortements clandestins, réduire les dépenses liées à la prise en charge des complications des interruptions de grossesse non sécurisées et lever les obstacles au développement pour les femmes et les jeunes filles.

« Préserver la santé et bâtir l’avenir du Burkina Faso : rendre accessible l’avortement sécurisé » est un outil de plaidoyer multimédia élaboré conjointement par le groupe de travail de SAFE ENGAGE Burkina Faso pour sensibiliser le grand public, les leaders communautaires et les acteurs du développement aux causes et aux conséquences des avortements non sécurisés au Burkina Faso. Il s’agit de contribuer à élargir l’accès au paquet de services de soins d’avortement sécurisé dans le cadre de la loi.

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La planification familiale réduit les l’avortements non sécurisés (Instantané)

La planification familiale réduit les l’avortements non sécurisés (Instantané)

 

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Le contexte juridique (Instantané)

Le contexte juridique (Instantané)

 

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Les conséquences de l’avortement non sécurisés (Instantané)

Les conséquences de l’avortement non sécurisés (Instantané)

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Expanding Access to Safe Abortion in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Product: ENGAGE Multimedia Presentation

Author: Population Reference Bureau

Date: June 29, 2020

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In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), access to safe abortion has historically been limited.

Political chaos, a weak health sector, low use of contraception, and restrictive laws—that until recently made it illegal in nearly all cases—have contributed to high rates of abortion across the country. Many of these are unsafe, which contributes to the DRC’s very high maternal mortality rate. However, in March 2018 the Congolese government published the text of the Maputo Protocol in the country’s national legal journal following a concerted advocacy effort by a coalition of women’s rights groups, researchers, and nongovernmental organizations, known as Coalition de Lutte Contre les Grossesses Non Désirées. Due to the nature of the country’s legal system, this action effectively expanded the categories under which abortion is now legal in DRC.

However, the challenge now is to spread awareness of this change to legal and medical authorities across a vast and politically decentralized nation the size of Western Europe. The SAFE ENGAGE project has partnered with Coalition de Lutte Contre les Grossesses Non Désirées to provide them with fact sheets that they can use to inform judges, police chiefs, doctors, associations of medical professionals, and other decisionmakers of these changes and empower them with the information needed to follow both the letter of the law and their own professional obligations.

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The Path to Equality for Women and Young Persons With Disabilities

Product: ENGAGE Multimedia Presentation

Date: January 15, 2020

Project: We Decide ENGAGE

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ENGAGE Presentation Video: The Path to Equality for Women and Young Persons With Disabilities

People with disabilities and others can use this new presentation as a tool to engage with decisionmakers in the struggle to achieve sexual and reproductive health and rights and end gender-based violence.

ENGAGE Presentation Video: The Path to Equality for Women and Young Persons With Disabilities

People with disabilities and others can use this new presentation as a tool to engage with decisionmakers in the struggle to achieve sexual and reproductive health and rights and end gender-based violence.

Women and young people with disabilities face discrimination and barriers when trying to exercise their rights.

The Path to Equality for Women and Young Persons With Disabilities: Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Ending Gender-Based Violence is an ENGAGE multimedia presentation that describes the necessary policy changes and investments needed for women and young persons with disabilities to fully realize their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and be protected from gender-based violence (GBV).

Its goal is to enable women and young persons with disabilities to engage policymakers, program planners, and their families and communities to join them as they lead efforts to access their rights, especially in relation to their sexual and reproductive health and protection from GBV perpetrated against them.

The ENGAGE presentation includes the video, a key messages handout, and presentation guide.

The presentation was developed with support from the We Decide Program and the guidance of a global technical advisory group chaired by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Population Reference Bureau, and with researchers, advocates, and representatives from UN agencies, universities, and disabled persons organizations and its supporting materials are tools for professionals involved in promoting the rights of persons with disabilities, as well as those engaged in fields of SRHR, GBV prevention and response, disability rights, and gender equality at all levels—in academic, policy, service delivery, and community settings. The target audiences for this presentation include national and subnational policymakers, regional governing bodies, donors, health care providers, law enforcement, the judicial system, and civil society organizations.

The Path to Equality for Women and Young Persons With Disabilities: Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Ending Gender-Based Violence is a 14-minute presentation available as a narrated video and a click-through .exe file for live presentations. It is accompanied by a guide designed to help users make the most of the presentation with a full script, references, key messages with screenshots, FAQs, and a discussion guide that can be used to prompt interaction and dialogue among viewers. The presentation guide is available for use with assistive technology and is also narrated.

Fully accessible versions of the presentation video are embedded below and include closed captioning, American Sign Language, and audio descriptions. Additional versions of the presentation guide include one with assistive technology, and one audio narration, also available below.

The Path to Equality for Women and Young Persons With Disabilities

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The Path to Equality for Women and Young Persons With Disabilities

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We Decide Presentation Guide, Assistive

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We Decide Presentation Guide

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We Decide Key Messages

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Full-length ENGAGE video with closed captioning

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ENGAGE Snapshot (2 minute version)

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Full-length ENGAGE in American Sign Language

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Full-length ENGAGE—Audio description

Versions françaises

Vers l’égalité pour les femmes et les jeunes en situation de handicap : garantir le respect de la santé et des droits sexuels et reproductifs, et mettre fin à la violence basée sur le genre.

La présentation ENGAGE inclus la vidéo, un document sur les messages clés, et un guide de présentation.

Vidéo ( MP4, 504 MB)

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Messages clés (PDF, 1 MB)

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Guide de présentation (PDF, 1 MB)

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La technologie d’assistance (PDF, 1.3 MB)

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Versiones en español

El camino hacia la igualdad para mujeres y jóvenes con discapacidad: hacer realidad la salud y los derechos sexuales y reproductivos y poner fin a la violence de género.

Una presentación de ENGAGE que incluye el video, un folleto de mensajes clave, y la guía de presentación.

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Mensajes clave (PDF, 1 MB)

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Guía de presentación (PDF, 1 MB)

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Tecnología de asistencia (PDF, 1.3MB)

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Rien n’est tabou!

Produit: ENGAGE Multimedia Presentations

Rédigé par: Population Reference Bureau

Date: 2020

La présentation ENGAGE montre comment les communautés religieuses et les jeunes dans le Sahel peuvent œuvrer ensemble à faire avancer l’avenir de la région en promouvant un dialogue franc et ouvert et d’abord et avant tout en encourageant la tolérance sociale.

Elle souligne comment les leaders religieux peuvent se servir de leur influence de manière positive pour condamner les pratiques de mariage d’enfants et de mutilations génitales féminines. La présentation renforce également le message selon lequel les leaders religieux de la région sont disposés à encourager l’usage de la planification familiale chez les jeunes couples mariés et à soutenir les programmes d’éducation à la vie familiale.

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Sahel ENGAGE

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Sahel ENGAGE (Arabic)

L’initiative Sahel Faith ENGAGE est basée sur les efforts déployés par le projet PACE pour soutenir le dialogue politique sur la foi et la planification familiale. Axée sur trois pays : la Guinée, le Mali et la Mauritanie, l’activité actuelle a constitué une force d’intervention composée de leaders religieux (musulmans et chrétiens), de jeunes et de représentants des gouvernements, chargés d’élaborer un présentation multimédias devant promouvoir le dialogue sur la religion et la santé reproductive des jeunes dans la région du Sahel.

Par ce partenariat et la présentation, PACE cherche à catalyser le dialogue régional et national sur les intersections positives de la foi, de la santé reproductive des jeunes et des besoins de développement.

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Sahel ENGAGE Snapshot

La présentation ENGAGE a été lancée le 4 décembre 2019 lors de la 8ème réunion annuelle du Partenariat de Ouagadougou à Cotonou, Bénin. Dans les prochains mois, elle sera diffusée au niveau national et sous-national dans les trois pays cibles.

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Nothing Is Taboo!

Product: ENGAGE Multimedia Presentations

Author: Population Reference Bureau

Date: December 19, 2019

The ENGAGE presentation demonstrates how faith communities and young people in the Sahel can work together to advance the future of the region by promoting a frank and open dialogue, and first and foremost, encouraging social tolerance. It underscores how religious leaders can use their influence in positive ways to condemn the practices of child marriage and female genital mutilation. The presentation also reinforces the message that religious leaders from the region are ready to encourage family planning use among young married couples and support family life education programs in communities.

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Sahel ENGAGE

Sahel ENGAGE

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Sahel ENGAGE (Arabic)

The Sahel Faith ENGAGE initiative builds on the efforts of the PACE project to support policy dialogue about faith and family planning. Targeting three countries: Guinea, Mali, and Mauritania, the current activity brought together a task force composed of religious leaders (Muslim and Christian), youth, and government representatives to develop a multimedia presentation to promote dialogue about religion and young people’s reproductive health in the Sahel region.

Through this partnership and the presentation, PACE seeks to catalyze regional and national dialogue on the positive intersections of faith and young people’s reproductive health and development needs.

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Snapshot in French

Snapshot in French

The ENGAGE presentation was launched on Dec. 4, 2019 at the 8th Annual Meeting of the Ouagadougou Partnership, in Cotonou, Benin. In coming months, it will be disseminated nationally and subnationally in the three target countries.

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Within Reach: Expanding Access to Safe Abortion

Product: ENGAGE Multimedia Presentation

Author: Population Reference Bureau

Date: November 22, 2019

Within Reach: Expanding Access to Safe Abortion is a multimedia advocacy tool to frame policy discussion around safe abortion, particularly in Africa.

Produced by Population Reference Bureau under the SAFE ENGAGE project, the presentation uses the latest data and evidence to illustrate how policy changes can decrease maternal mortality by improving equitable access to safe abortion services. Advocates can use this new resource to make the case for safe abortion with policy audiences and influencers around the world.

The presentation, authored by Lori Ashford, consultant, and Marissa Pine Yeakey, program director, was developed with guidance from a global Technical Advisory Group of researchers, advocates, and medical professionals.

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Within Reach: Expanding Access to Safe Abortion

Within Reach: Expanding Access to Safe Abortion

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Within Reach: Unsafe Abortion Endangers Women's Lives

Within Reach: Unsafe Abortion Endangers Women's Lives

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Within Reach: Abortion Legality and Frequency

Within Reach: Abortion Legality and Frequency

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Within reach: Policy Changes for Safer Abortions

Within reach: Policy Changes for Safer Abortions

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Within Reach: The Financial Burdens of Unsafe Abortion

Within Reach: The Financial Burdens of Unsafe Abortion