As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads around the world, our priority is continuing to deliver care to the women and girls who need us, while protecting the health and safety of our clients and team members.
But as the emergency facing us becomes increasingly uncertain, our ability to continue to serve some of the world’s most marginalised women with reproductive health services does too. Many of aspects of our programs will be affected. However, as an organisation, we are responding and adapting to this evolving situation and are committed to delivering services to the women who need them.
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MSIA and COVID-19
The world has been turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are watching the daily reports of skyrocketing case numbers in some countries and of health systems pushed to their limits. There is growing concern for how severe the outbreak will become in Australia as well as in the more vulnerable countries where we work. Judged by the disruption, this is already the greatest collective crisis the world has seen since World War II – notwithstanding the slowly unfolding climate crisis. At this stage it is not possible to predict the full ramifications. Right now, is a period of great unknowns. However, we do know some things for certain.
We know that in the face of this global pandemic, the services of Marie Stopes International Australia and our partners are needed more than ever.
We expect the rate of unplanned pregnancies to increase, especially in places where people are required to self-isolate without reliable access to contraception. During the pandemic, it is likely that sexual and reproductive healthcare will become less accessible due to disruptions in supply chains, disruptions to public transportation, and health workers being diverted to help address the pandemic. Evidence suggests that during previous public health emergencies, resources have been diverted from routine preventative health care services toward containing and responding to the outbreak. Research also shows that women and girls are among the most vulnerable in crisis situations. Thus, the real impact of a pandemic can be wider and more devastating than its initial trajectory appears.
So, despite so much uncertainty, and despite the immense challenges faced by our health workers in the context of a global pandemic, we will remain focused on our mission to enable women to have children by choice, not chance. We are constantly adapting, changing, and looking at new ways to maintain and expand services while protecting health workers, clients and communities. Marie Stopes has always been an innovative organisation and we are committed to upholding that reputation in the face of this crisis.
To support our country programs in Cambodia, Timor-Leste and Papua New Guinea while they face increased COVID-19 related demand, consider donating to our COVID-19 Relief Campaign or our Blue Door Fund. Your generous donation will ensure we can continue to deliver our services during and in the aftermath of the pandemic.