IPPF SARO, Asia Safe Abortion Partnership & Guttmacher Institute hosted a webinar to discuss new challenges in access to safe abortion care in South Asia region amid COVID-19. Experts from the region also talked about the innovative approaches to combat its impact and opportunities for the realization of safe abortion care for all.
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Areas to be covered during the webinar:
Evidence around policy and legal framework for safe abortion services in South Asia region and changing discourse due to the pandemic.
New challenges and innovations for ensuring comprehensive safe abortion care
SESSION 1: COVID-19 & ABORTION SERVICES LANDSCAPE IN SOUTH ASIA
Dr Meera Upadhayay, Technical officer - Reproductive Health, World Health Organization South-East Asia Region
Sophia Sadinsky, Senior Global Policy Manager- Guttmacher Institute
Dr. Popular Gentle, country Director, Ipas Nepal & Avindra Mandwal, Deputy Country Director, Ipas Nepal
SESSION 2: CHALLENGES FOR SAFE ABORTION SERVICES IN SOUTH ASIA: REGIONAL PERSPECTIVES
Moderated by Deepesh Gupta, Sr Project Advisor- IPPF South Asia Regional Office
Priskila Arulpragasam, Communications director, Youth Advocacy Network Sri Lanka
Dr. Sarah Safi, Afghan Family Guidance Association (AFGA)
SESSION 3: ALTERNATIVES AND INNOVATIVE APPROACHES FOR EXPANSION OF COMPREHENSIVE SAFE ABORTION CARE
Dr Suchitra Dalvie, Co-founder and Coordinator of the Asia Safe Abortion Partnership
Amalia Puri, Outreach Coordinator in Women on Web