MOMENTUM Launches New Podcast Series on COVID-19 and Maternal Health
Published on May 3, 2021
COVID-19 has disrupted health systems around the world and threatened access to essential health services for women and children. These services—including quality prenatal care, delivery with a skilled birth attendant, breastfeeding support, postnatal care, and voluntary family planning—remain vital for the health and well-being of mothers and infants, especially during a pandemic. In response, health systems and country leaders are working tirelessly to serve their communities’ needs while also supporting health workers and facilities.
MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership is excited to launch a three-part podcast series: MOMENTUM Presents. Featuring country leaders on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response, MOMENTUM Presents will highlight experiences and strategies for maintaining essential maternal, newborn, and child health services, family planning, and reproductive health services in the face of the pandemic. Podcast guests share how their countries have expanded existing health platforms and quality improvement efforts to maintain safe, high-quality health care for women and children. Episodes will explore topics such as water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH); infection prevention control (IPC); services to address gender-based violence; and addressing the needs of adolescents and youth.
The first episode, which you can listen to below, features Dr. Surendra Sharma, MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership’s State Team Leader in India. Dr. Sharma shares how he and his team worked to instill a sense of security among public and private providers to safely deliver care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out the podcast for more details about innovative approaches to improving water, sanitation, and hygiene and infection prevention and control during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Click here to download a copy of the transcript for this episode.
MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership is part of the MOMENTUM suite of six awards. The project works in tandem with country governments and local nongovernmental organizations to provide targeted technical and capacity development assistance and contribute to the global technical leadership and policy dialogue on improving measurable outcomes for maternal, newborn, and child health services, voluntary family planning, and reproductive health care. Learn more about the project here.