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To address the heightened risk of COVID-19 exacerbating the existing limited access to sexual and reproductive health services for girls and women, especially in humanitarian settings, BALSDA and OHISD, supported by Share-Net International, collaborated to develop a knowledge product. This initiative aims to advocate for enhancing SRHR (sexual and reproductive health and rights) in fragile environments during the COVID-19 pandemic and future similar crises.

The resulting knowledge product, a toolkit, distils synthesized research information to offer programmatic guidance. It focuses on sustaining, enhancing, and ensuring essential preventive, promotive, and curative services pertaining to sexual and reproductive health and rights in fragile or humanitarian settings during the COVID-19 outbreak and other potential epidemics. This toolkit assists in identifying population vulnerabilities and specificities, recognizing program gaps, and presenting research-backed best practices. Drawing from lessons learned during previous pandemics, it offers comprehensive guidance for the continuity of sexual and reproductive health services, information dissemination, and infection prevention and control measures.

Knowledge product details

  • Covid-19 Grants

  • 2020

  • Cameroon

  • Nigeria

  • COVID-19

  • SRHR services

  • Women and girls

  • Share-Net International

  • English

  • Toolkit

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The toolkit ‘Improving Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in Fragile and Humanitarian Settings in Nigeria and Cameroon during COVID-19 Pandemic’ is meant for all stakeholders working in fragile countries that require humanitarian assistance.

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The Balanced Stewardship Development Association (BALSDA)

The Balanced Stewardship Development Association (BALSDA) is an independent national membership, non-governmental, non-profit organization established by a group of stewardship-focused Nigerians.  BALSDA is registered in Nigeria as an incorporated Trustee. As an active leader in Health advocacy and accountability, the association establishes partnerships with other stakeholders in the Health Sector, mobilizes communities, and carries out health policy advocacy, demands accountability in health and supports evidence-based policy analysis and development.

BALSDA was established in 2013 to use Evidence-based Policy Analysis and Development to advocate for reproductive health improvement within the health sector.

Organization For Health in Sustainable Development - OHISD

Organization For Health in Sustainable Development (OHISD) is a Youth-led organization that has a mission to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being.