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Protecting Midwives to Sustain Care for Women, Newborns and their Families in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Technical Reports and Document

We are facing a global health crisis: health systems are being tested, as shortages of both staff and resources place intense pressure on services. As the world struggles to get COVID-19 under control, our global health workforce is under increasing strain – and woman-centred, midwifery-led care is more at risk than ever. This publication provides clear actions to ensure the continuation of midwife-led care, and the protection of maternal health and rights.

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COVID-19 Technical Brief for Postnatal Care Services

Technical Reports and Document

The overarching aim of this guidance is to ensure maternity care providers can deliver respectful and individualised care services that promote the safety of women, babies, families and health professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Continuing essential Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Health services during COVID-19: Regional Guidance

Technical Reports and Document

This document builds upon the previous Regional Guidance published on 17 April 2020, which provided high-level guidance to countries for continuing good quality and equitable sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (SRMNCAH) services during the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, both documents should be read together.

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Continuing essential Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescent Health services during COVID-19 pandemic

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This operational guidance for South and South-East Asia and Pacific regions has been prepared to help countries prepare a continuity plan for maintaining good quality and equitable sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is commonly observed that response to a pandemic stresses health systems and poses the risk of disruption in the provision and use of ongoing health services that are essential for population groups that are particularly vulnerable. This document builds upon the global guidance issued by WHO and UN agencies and encourages countries to adapt the guidance, based on local conditions to sustain essential services while implementing prevention, infection control and curative services for COVID-19. 

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UNFPA Pakistan COVID-19 Situation Report 1

Situation Report

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, UNFPA Pakistan has developed a comprehensive Strategic Response Framework, in line with the national response plan, aligned with UNFPA’s global strategy and WHO’s Operational Planning Guidelines. This is the first sit-rep from UNFPA Pakistan on the COVID-19 response. 

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COVID-19 Technical Brief for Antenatal Care Services

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As this Technical Brief notes, studies to date do not show an increased risk of severe disease in late pregnancy or substantial risk to the newborn from COVID-19. But its impact on acute care services in settings with under-resourced health systems is likely to be substantial. The brief provides guidance on continuing to deliver a high level of antenatal care. 

It serves as an adjunct to the UNFPA COVID-19 Technical Brief for Maternity Services to provide interim guidance on providing phone-based antenatal care (ANC) in the immediate clinical situation during COVID-19.  These recommendations are provided as a resource based on a combination of WHO guidelines, good practice and expert advice based on the latest scientific evidence. The situation with COVID-19 is evolving rapidly and the guidance will continue to be updated if and when new evidence or information becomes available.

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Telemedicine Support for Maternal and Newborn Health in Mongolia

Fact Sheet

Learn how UNFPA is helping to improve maternal and newborn health through technology innovation in Mongolia. 

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UNFPA COVID-19 Regional Technical Guidance on Older Persons

Technical Reports and Document

This UNFPA regional technical guidance note provides guidance on older persons, health workers, and caregivers in the contexts of COVID-19 to effectively support each member state and work with other partners in preparing for and responding to the pandemic.

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COVID-19 Technical Brief for Maternity Services

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This Guidance Note offers a list of recommendations based on a combination of WHO guidelines, good practice and expert advice based on the latest scientific research. The situation with COVID-19 is evolving rapidly and the guidance will continue to be updated if and when new evidence or information becomes available.

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UNFPA Global Response Plan for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic

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The UNFPA Global Response Plan (published in April 2020) is fully aligned to and part of the UN Secretary-General’s three-step plan to respond to the devastating socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19. UNFPA’s plan complements the WHO COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan.

At the global and regional levels, UNFPA is part of the coordinated UN response under the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan.

At the country level, UNFPA works within UN country teams under the leadership of the UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator and designated COVID-19 Outbreak Coordinator.

Under the IASC cluster system, UNFPA leads coordination of the gender-based violence area of responsibility within the protection cluster.

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