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COVID-19 Technical Brief for Maternity Services

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This technical brief was developed by the UNFPA Global Ageing Network to complement the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs' (UN DESA) Issue Brief: Older Persons and COVID-19, which emphasized the humanitarian imperative of addressing older persons' specific needs within preparedness and response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Disease outbreaks affect women and men differently, and pandemics make existing inequalities for women and girls and discrimination of other marginalized groups such as persons with disabilities and those in extreme poverty, worse. This needs to be considered, given the different impacts surrounding detection and access to treatment for women and men.

Women represent 70 percent of the health and social sector workforce globally and special attention should be given to how their work environment may expose them to discrimination, as well as thinking about their sexual and reproductive health and psychosocial needs as frontline health workers.

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The goal of the qualitative sociological study is to explore and identify the key factors and behavioral patterns that lead to adolescent pregnancy, thus helping to identify the necessary interventions to prevent them. The study was based on 5 focus groups (2 with adolescents and 3 with specialists) and 68 in-depth interviews with young girls with pregnancy experience under age of 18 years, with the male partners of the young girls, the parents of adolescents and adolescents with pregnancy experience at age under 18 years old, specialists who had experience in teenage pregnancies in the past 3 years. For the collection of data, an interview guide adapted to each category of respondents was used. Data collection took place between December 2018 and March 2019.

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The Joint Fund, worth about $ 1.5 million, was created by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research (MoECR) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in 2017. In 2018, the Swiss Government joined the Fund with an additional financial contribution of $ 1 million. The Joint Fund aims to increase the level of civic participation and involvement of young people in local communities. In this sense, during the period 2017-2022, the development of the network of Youth Centers in the country takes place and partnerships are created between the School-Youth Center-other stakeholders / local actors.

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Thousands of young people reached with information about their reproductive health and rights; unique data about the attitudes of women to cervical cancer prevention launched;  the first ever "Gender and Generations Programme" in Moldova funded and launched by the Government; new partnerships with private sector and vocational schools to empower young people established. These are just few milestones reached by UNFPA Moldova in 2018, in partnership with Government, development partners, civil society, local authorities and communities. 

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The study was carried out by Magenta Consulting company, under the leadership of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Protection, with the support of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) as part of the project "Prevention of cervical cancer in the Republic of Moldova".

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The survey was conducted under the auspices of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Protection, with the support of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) under the ‘Cervical Cancer Prevention in the Republic of Moldova’ Project, and does not necessarily represent the UNFPA or SDC view, or of any other of its affiliated organisations.

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This Methodological Note was developed by Independent Think Tank ”Expert – Grup” in partnership with National Youth Council of Moldova, with the support of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research (MECR) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) under the Joint Fund for Developing Youth Services for Young People, Including Those Most Vulnerable and doesn’t necessarily represent the viewpoint of MECR, UNFPA or of any other affiliated organisation

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The assessment of capacity building needs of NGOs working with key populations and healthcare providers in Moldova was conducted under the coordination of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Protection, in the framework of Joint UN Plan on AIDS, based on the UBRAF Funds, in the framework of the partnership between UNAIDS, UNFPA and UNFPA Implementing Partner, Center for Health Policies and Studies (PAS Center).

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