Health systems are struggling to meet increased demand because of the COVID-19 pandemic while maintaining the provision of essential health services. There is significant global guidance, but it is not readily digestible for rapid application.
This document provides brief summary responses to key questions for health program managers and public health practitioners on adaptations required to ensure continuity of voluntary family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) care and interventions for adolescents (ages 10–19) and youth (ages 15–24) during the pandemic. It affirms meaningful engagement of adolescents and youth as partners in adapting services and interventions.
The document builds on MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership’s theory of change for maintaining maternal, newborn, and child health services and FP/RH care during the COVID-19 pandemic, and articulates youth-specific recommendations for relevant strategies from the theory of change. Any service adaptation should be in line with country context and phase of the pandemic, national guidance, available services, and local government response, including existing movement restrictions.