COVID-19 Situation Report No. 7 for UNFPA Asia and Pacific

31 August 2020

Publisher: UNFPA

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Regional Situation

  • With over 3.8 million confirmed cases, India has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the region, and third globally.
  • The pandemic continues to spread across Asia and the Pacific. India, Iran, Bangladesh, Pakistan, the Philippines and Indonesia continue to experience a steady increase in new cases.
  • Many countries in the region are responding to humanitarian emergencies in addition to the COVID-19 pandemic:
    • Afghanistan is experiencing flash floods and armed clashes in several provinces.
    • Indonesia continues to respond to the flooding in North Luwu District.
    • Myanmar’s Rakhine and Chin states have continued to experience conflicts, displacing an additional 77,000 people this year who are highly vulnerable with limited access to services.
    • In the Philippines an earthquake struck Masbate province, impacting access to services.

UNFPA Capacity Building Highlights

  • Across the Asia and Pacific region, UNFPA has provided capacity building initiatives, reaching:
    • 223,973 front line SRH service providers (including maternal health, family planning, and infection prevention and control).
    • 9,300 front line GBV service providers (including case management, referral pathways, and mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS).
  • In India, 12,989 doctors were trained on maternal care services; 77,550 health professionals on SRH services; and 131,287 front-line health functionaries on preventive measures and maintaining essential SRH services during COVID-19.

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