The Responding with Essential Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Provision and New Delivery Mechanisms (RESPOND) project forms part of the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) Indo-Pacific Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights COVID-19 Surge Response (C-SURGE) program.
The aim of the RESPOND project is to ensure that populations affected by COVID-19 have enhanced SRHR through the delivery of high-quality and equitable Sexual and Reproductive Health and Family Planning services and the dissemination of trusted and reliable SRHR and COVID-19 information. This will enable sustainable impacts for women, girls, and marginalised groups across the Asia Pacific region.
In the first year of RESPOND’s implementation (August 2021- July 2022), IPPF provided 6,642,138 SRH services, generating 640,553 Couple Years Protection (CYPs), reaching 99.7% of the target for the period. 1,644,030 clients were served by IPPF’s Member Associations (MAs) in 19 countries across the Asia Pacific Region. 38.7% of clients were classified as vulnerable and underserved, greatly surpassing IPPF’s initial target of 21.9%.
IPPF’s collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders is a significant achievement for this reporting period, enabling greater reach and strengthening of service provision. This includes C-Surge partners UNICEF and UNFPA, along with local government and community organisations, particularly those for people with disabilities.
RESPOND’s contribution has enabled MAs to provide direct support to local government health units. Engagement with MoH and local governments has proven critical, particularly where there is limited health infrastructure and service reach such as in Lao, Cambodia, the Philippines, and the Pacific. Overall, local governments have welcomed these contributions, presenting further opportunities for scaling interventions and initiatives with government partners into year two.
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