The Power of Choice: Ensuring Access to Family Planning in the COVID-19 Era

10 July 2020
10 a.m. ET | 4 p.m. CET
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, it was estimated that 214 million women and girls in low- and middle-income countries were not using modern contraception, despite wanting to avoid pregnancy. This has huge implications on women and infant health, on women’s rights, their education, and future opportunities, as well as on the economy as a whole. Access to reproductive health services and family planning is not only a right – it’s also an essential ingredient in breaking the cycle of poverty and advancing sustainable development across the globe.
The COVID-19 pandemic is now having an enormous additional impact on women and girls. As health systems become strained, many facilities are forced to close or only provide limited services. This leaves many women and girls unable to access critical sexual and reproductive health and advisory services.
On Friday, July 10, Devex and Bayer will host an online event that will explore how to accelerate access to contraceptives and family planning services during this unprecedented health crisis and in the years to come. It will bring together key experts and stakeholders who can shine a light on family planning as an economic and social development enabler, which will be critical when it comes to rebuilding communities post COVID-19.
Raj Kumar, President & Editor-in-Chief, Devex
Dr. Roopa Dhatt, Executive Director & Co-Founder, Women Leaders in Global Health
Stefan Oelrich, President, Pharmaceuticals Bayer AG
Prashant Yadav, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development; Affiliate Professor of Technology & Operations Management, INSEAD