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Online Panel Event: 'Babies Don’t Wait! Bringing New Life into the World during a Pandemic'
Join us for a virtual panel event where MSF midwives will share their stories about providing maternal healthcare in some of the world’s most challenging locations during the time of coronavirus.
COVID-19 is having a detrimental effect on sexual and reproductive health programmes in many of the countries in which we work.
Travel restrictions have meant some patients have difficulties getting to us and have prevented many midwife positions from being filled at our projects. Some staff have been infected with the virus and are unable to work.
Fear is also a barrier. Some women experiencing complications during delivery may delay going to a hospital until it is too late.
Services have been disrupted, with health staff, facilities, and other resources being diverted to the pandemic response.
Even a small reduction in these programmes can cause a dramatic increase in maternal and neonatal deaths, a devasting lack of services for survivors of sexual violence, and an increase in the life-threatening consequences of unsafe abortions.
Nevertheless, new life doesn’t wait for a pandemic to die down, so we have had to adapt the way we provide care.
Join us to discover how our staff are adapting and innovating to continue to deliver essential sexual and reproductive health care whilst maintaining accessibility to our services and protecting our patients during these challenging times.
The panel of speakers will take turns to share their stories, followed by a Q&A session where the audience will be able to type questions to the panel.
The event will be chaired by BBC broadcaster and journalist Robin Lustig.
Date: Thursday 15 October 2020
Time: 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm (UK time)
RSVP: You must register to attend
Deadline to register: Monday 12 October 2020
Recording: This event will be recorded and available to access a week or so after the event.