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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed virtually every aspect of life around the world. Restrictions on movement and gatherings are impacting access to contraceptives and health care. Community health workers and providers, who are key linkages to service provision in many contexts, are also limited in their movements.

This training aims to impart the skills needed for peers to facilitate small groups of young married women and first-time parents, which can reduce these young women’s social isolation and increase knowledge of sexual and reproductive health. The training is designed for use in francophone West Africa, where a significant proportion of adolescent girls aged 15–19 and young women aged 20–24 are married or living in union, but it can easily be adapted for other settings.

This website is the product of an international committee that brings together academics who conduct real time gender analysis to identify and document the gendered dynamics of COVID-19 and gaps in preparedness and response.

This report looks at behaviors and perceptions around the use of face masks. It uses the latest available survey responses for each country between May 14th and June 4th, 2020. All responses have been aggregated to offer a global view of key insights related to COVID-19 and face mask use.  

In Burkina Faso, the COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a variety of reactions among some Ouagadougou residents that have complicated efforts for a timely response. Hesitancy to get tested, avoiding contact tracers, or wariness of what the neighbors will say are some of these reactions.

This article explains that an increased understanding of risk factors, including the effects of social determinants and their interplay, provides an opportunity to target mitigation strategies and helps to allay the popular misconception that everyone is at equal risk of severe illness.

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