Responding to the Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs of Adolescents During the COVID-19 Crisis

Publication Date: June 2020
Author: UNFPA

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To help address the impacts of COVID-19 on young people’s health, including on their sexual and reproductive health and rights, there are two briefs under the umbrella of “My body”. The first is a set of frequently asked questions on COVID-19 and young people, co-authored with WHO, UNESCO and UNICE. This second brief is on ensuring sexual and reproductive health services are still accessible to young people.

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