This Saturday, September 26th, marks the 13th annual global campaign known as World Contraception Day, or #WCD2020 to social media users. The mission of the day is to improve awareness of available family planning methods and enable young people to make informed decisions about their reproductive health.
As R4S works to produce and use evidence to improve voluntary family planning programs, efforts are also under way to document the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on family planning programs, the changes stakeholders are making to ensure continuation of care, and the efficacy of these changes.
During the current global health crisis, FHI 360’s bilateral RMNCH projects have found themselves at a pivotal moment. Restrictions in place to limit the spread of COVID-19 have forced ministries of health and partner organizations to develop and issue quick guidance on providing continuity of care during the pandemic.
Self-Care Month this July offers an opportunity to double down to make quality self-care interventions available, affordable, acceptable, and accessible to those who need them the most. For R4S partner PSI, digital solutions offer a strong entry point to put power and care into consumers’ hands — during COVID-19 and well beyond.
Led by FHI 360 in partnership with Evidence for Sustainable Human Development Systems in Africa, Makerere University School of Public Health (Makerere SPH) in Uganda, Population Services International, and Save the Children, R4S works with a range of country-based stakeholders to strengthen research and research utilization capacity and support countries in their journey to self-reliance. For R4S’s inaugural blog post, we spoke with professors at Makerere SPH about the project, self-care, research, and capacity building.