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COVID-19 is seriously impeding our progress towards universal health coverage (UHC) and women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health. What have we learned about the impact of the pandemic, and how can we protect and promote stronger health systems that reach the most vulnerable? 

Break-out discussions will feature new learning and evidence, anchored in the 7 “asks” of the PMNCH Call to Action on COVID-19, and in the related asks of UHC2030 on COVID-19.

Breakout 1: Access to and use of quality health services

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As the COVID-19 pandemic overburdens health systems in many countries, maternal and newborn deaths are increasing. Disrupted essential health services across the continuum of care, such as family planning and antenatal check-ups, place women at greater risk of preterm birth, and leave vulnerable infants without the services they need. Both access to care and quality of care are more critical than ever. Health-care workers, particularly nurses and midwives, have a crucial role to play in the provision of high-quality care to prevent maternal and newborn mortality and stillbirths. Join us to learn about new evidence on the extraordinary impact of midwifery care and the strategies countries should invest in to provide high-quality newborn care, helping to achieve PMNCH Call to Action asks 1, 2, 3 and 4.

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Breakout 2: Gender, SRHR and UHC in the context of COVID-19

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The delivery of essential sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services has been disrupted and resources reallocated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in unintended pregnancies and putting women and girls at higher risk of death, disease and disability from preventable and treatable causes. The impact is further exacerbated in contexts of fragility, conflict and emergencies, where institutionalcapacity and services are limited. Join us to discuss how SRH services are being delivered amid the pandemic, how countries can ensure that these services are maintained and prioritized in future health emergencies, and what partners are doing to advocate for PMNCH Call to Action asks 1 and 2.

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Breakout 3: Social protection for marginalized and vulnerable populations

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Studies reveal that, although governments have adopted more than 1,400 social protection measures since the outbreak of COVID-19, these remain largely insufficient.  Many people are excluded from the social protection schemes that are meant to support them and fall into poverty, compromising their health and wellbeing.  COVID-19 has shone a light on the need for more effective social protection schemes, including, water, sanitation and hygiene, food and nutrition security, for marginalized and vulnerable groups. There is also a need for enhanced data to better understand and address disparities experienced by adolescents, refugees, the internally displaced, migrants, indigenous communities, persons living with disabilities, and others. Join us to discuss about how a rights-based approach to social protection can help reduce poverty and inequalities and advance PMNCH Call to Action asks 5 and 6.

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Breakout 4: Strengthening multi-stakeholder platforms for social accountability

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Inclusive and participatory governance in health systems strengthening is essential. Different constituencies play important roles in delivering health for all, particularly the most vulnerable and marginalized communities. The session will focus on insights from civil society, the private sector and local government representatives who have applied participatory and collaborative approaches to achieve UHC and sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn and adolescent health during the COVID-19 pandemic and influenced government resource mobilisation and responses. Join us to help inspire and identify opportunities for cross-constituency collaboration and innovative approaches to take forward the agenda of participatory governance and social participation in health, and the PMNCH Call to Action.

This breakout will be available in English and Spanish (Español)