Call to action for uninterrupted access to reproductive health supplies during and after the COVID-19 crisis
18th June 2020
What started in December 2019 as a small cluster of COVID-19 cases has turned into a global health crisis, with implications on all aspects of our lives. The COVID-19 pandemic is causing global supply chain disruptions and straining health systems which are negatively affecting millions of women and girls who still need access to quality and lifesaving reproductive health (RH) supplies and services.
RH supplies and services are essential and life-saving. Thus, they cannot be interrupted during a crisis. To mitigate interruptions in access to reproductive health supplies during the COVID-19 crisis and avoid their long-term public health consequences, including for reproductive health, we must act now.
RH supplies and services must be included in COVID-19 emergency response interventions and policies; interruptions of supply chains must be solved; and a continued financial support to reproductive health supplies must be ensured.
In the Call to action (English / French / Spanish), the RHSC’s Advocacy & Accountability working group (AAWG) calls upon governments, donors and all partners to prioritize actions in three areas: policy, supply chains and financing to mitigate short and long-term impacts of Covid-19 on access to RH supplies.