About COVID-19 Crisis; Continuing Essential SRH Service Provision
The Covid-19 pandemic has and will continue to have serious impact on women and families trying to access our services in Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste and Cambodia. 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.
However, despite so much uncertainty, and despite the immense challenges faced by our health workers, we will remain focused on our mission to enable women to have children by choice, not chance. A donation to MSIA will ensure we can continue to provide essential healthcare services during the pandemic, and in the aftermath. Your kind donation today will have an incredible impact on the future of those who need us most.