The COVID-19 pandemic has swept across Asia and the Pacific, driving lockdowns, movement restrictions and curfews and disrupting essential sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender-based violence services. In this new landscape, UNFPA has had to strengthen advocacy, drive innovation, adapt service modalities and leverage the power of technology to ensure the continuity of essential services while protecting frontline health workers. .
DFAT enabled the investment to rapidly implement COVID-19 response activities to ensure continued and improved access to sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender-based violence services across the country. the region in six priority countries, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, Maldives, Nepal, Papua New Guinea and in the Pacific.
133,072 people used integrated sexual and reproductive health services during the project implementation period in the project countries
248 service delivery points provided comprehensive GBV service delivery and referral mechanisms, including for mental health and psychosocial support in project countries
13,953 healthcare providers received personal protective equipment in project countries
54 communication and advocacy materials on sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender-based violence were made available in local languages in project countries
This document provides an overview of UNFPA’s work during the COVID-19 pandemic and includes hyperlinks to stories of people at the center of what we do. This work was made possible by funding from the Australian Government, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in support of a regional COVID-19 project implemented by UNFPA and partners.