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The COVID-19 Pandemic and
Sexual & Reproductive Health in Africa


4-day webinar from 31 August to 3 September 2020


15:00-16:30 UTC 

15:00-16:30 Dakar | 17:00-18:30 Cape Town | 18:00-19:30 Addis Ababa

11:00-13:30 New York | 17:00-18:30 Paris


Member-initiated webinar proposed by Clifford Odimegwu, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa


The emergence of COVID-19 on the global scene in December 2019 has led to drastic measures to contain its spread and effects. These include lockdowns and other restrictions, and have necessitated re-prioritization of government spending to COVID-19 containment and prevention measures.


These measures have implications for a population's ways of life, social and economic activities, and access to basic needs like healthcare, particularly reproductive healthcare. This IUSSP member-initiated series of 4 webinars convened by Clifford Odimegwu will explore the potential and actual impact of COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns and restrictions on sexual and reproductive health needs in sub-Saharan Africa and define a research agenda to better understand the demographic and sexual and reproductive health impacts of the pandemic. 


Day 1: Monday 31 August 2020 – 15:00-16:30 UTC

Potential and Actual Implications - Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and Rights in Africa.

Moderator: Prof. Clifford O. OdimegwuUniversity of the Witwatersrand, South Africa


Topic 1:  COVID-19: What are the implications for adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights in Africa? 


Panel - Country Perspectives:


Discussant: Dr. Chukwuedozie K. Ajaero, University of Nigeria, Nsukka




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Day 2: Tuesday 1 September 2020 – 15:00-16:30 UTC

SRH Rights, Unintended Pregnancy & Schooling, Gender-based Violence & Disability.

Moderator: Dr. Yemi Adewoyin, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa/University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria 


Topic 1: Realities of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Sexual, and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) Issues 


Topic 2: Lockdowns and learning possibilities: Reflections on unintended pregnancy and school re-entry for parenting girls in Africa


Topic3: COVID-19 pandemic and Gender-Based Violence in Africa


Topic 4: COVID-19 pandemic, lockdown, restrictions and disability in Africa 


Discussant:  Dr. Kola Oyediran, John Snow, Inc. (JSI) 


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Day 3: Wednesday 2 September 2020 – 15:00-16:30 UTC

Health Systems and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Moderator: Ms. Rebaone Petlele, Demography and Population Studies Programme, Wits, South Africa 


Topic 1: COVID-19 Pandemic, SRH and Health Systems in Africa 

  • Dr. Renay Weiner, Research and Training for Health and Development, South Africa


Topic 2: COVID-19 and SDGs in Africa – a Reflection

  • Dr. Yemi Adewoyin, University of the Witwatersrand South Africa/University of Nigeria, Nsukka 


Topic 3: Telemedicine and Access to SRH Services under COVID-19 


Topic 4: COVID-19 Pandemic and HIV Delivery Programs in Africa


Discussant: Dr. Sasha Frade-Bekker, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa




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 Day 4: Thursday 3 September 2020  15:00-16:30 UTC

Methodological, Demographic and Funding Issues

 Moderator: Dr Kola Oyediran, John Snow, Inc. (JSI)


Topic 1: Modelling of Corona Virus Infection in South Africa   

  • Prof. Eric Udjo, Independent Consultant/Emeritus Professor, University of South Africa


Topic 2: Theoretical approaches to social science study of Coronavirus influence on SRH 


Topic 3: COVID-19 Pandemic and Demographic Research Questions in Africa 


Discussant: Dr. Chukwuedozie K. Ajaero, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria


Open Discussion: Covid-19 and SRH in Africa – Beyond the Webinar 




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Demography and Population Studies Programme, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa in collaboration with National Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, South Africa and Population Geography Research Group, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria.