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The COVID-19 pandemic constitutes the largest global public health crisis in a century, with daunting health and socioeconomic challenges.

As the UN Secretary-General noted, this “is the greatest test that we have faced since the formation of the United Nations”.

Governments are taking unprecedented measures to limit the spread of the virus, ramping up health systems and restricting the movement of millions.

The pandemic has already severely disrupted access to life-saving sexual and reproductive health services. It is worsening existing inequalities for women and girls, and deepening discrimination against other marginalized groups. Sexual and reproductive health and rights is a significant public health issue that demands urgent and sustained attention and investment.

Our updated Global Response Plan (June 2020 edition) includes a stronger focus on gender-based violence, the needs of young persons and the importance of data through a gender lens.

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UNFPA Global Response Plan for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic (April 2020 Update)

COVID-19 Technical Brief for Family Planning Services

COVID-19 Technical Brief for Maternity Services

COVID-19 Technical Brief for Antenatal Care Services

COVID-19 Technical Brief for Postnatal Care Services