Reporting Period: 1- 11 May 2020
● All countries in the region have officially reported COVID-19 cases, except for Turkmenistan (as of 15 May 2020). Turkey is the most affected country in the region (64% of all reported cases) and the second most reported cases of all UNFPA programme countries globally, after Brazil. Belarus, Moldova & Armenia are the other three most affected countries, relative to the size of their population. Azerbaijan is hit by a second wave of the pandemic since May 3, 2020. ● Restrictions, lockdowns and border closures continue to impact operations and supply chains, affecting the procurement of items such as personal protective equipment (PPE).
● UNFPA advocated strongly with government, UN and civil society partners to put the most vulnerable at the center of the response, with a focus on the needs of older people and people living with disabilities.
● UNFPA continued special efforts to reach the most vulnerable with information, supplies and services, including survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) in shelters, pregnant and lactating women, older people, people with disabilities, migrants, refugees, and populations at higher risk of HIV. Risk communication materials were produced to reach these groups.
● UNFPA rolled out a COVID-19 youth assessment to inform better-targeted responses, while continuing to mobilize youth organisations to reach young people with messages, including through the global #YouthAgainstCOVID-19 campaign.
● UNFPA scaled up existing partnerships and entered new ones in support of the COVID-19 response, especially with strategic partners in the private sector.
● UNFPA actively participates in socioeconomic risk assessments focusing on implications of the pandemic on sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and rights, GBV, gender equality, and demographic security.