9th #APCRSHR10 Dialogues: COVID-19 and young people

On Monday, 25th May 2020 (11am Cambodia/ Thailand time, 12 noon Malaysia/ Singapore/ Philippines, 4pm Fiji, 5pm Tonga, 9:30am India), 9th episode of #APCRSHR10 Dialogues focussed on issues related to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and young people in Asia and the Pacific region.

Panel of experts
  • Yueping Guo, Youth Representative, China Family Planning Association and Core Member of China Youth Network
  • Shelani Palihawadana, Youth Advocacy Network, Sri Lanka and Project Coordinator, "We Hear You"; youth delegate representing Sri Lanka in ICPD25, Nairobi summit
  • Sangeet Kayastha, Coordinator and Founder of Y-PEER Asia Pacific Regional Center, Thailand, and International Steering Committee (ISC) member of APCRSHR10

On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 as a public health emergency of international concern. National measures enforced to contain the pandemic, has had both healthcare and economic implications to countries. Its healthcare implications have resulted in de-prioritization, disruption, and a decrease in the provision of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services. Additionally, mobility restrictions and changes in health-seeking behaviour have affected the availability and accessibility of SRH services.

Even before the pandemic, we have seen the struggle of young people accessing information and services on sexual and reproductive health and this crisis has now even made it worse. While we see physical distancing and home quarantine as safety strategies to prevent transmission of the virus, some of us see it as a barrier in fulfilling our right to sexual and reproductive health.

Given the challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic, online/ virtual learning and knowledge sharing on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) should continue. With this intent and commitment, we welcome you to this episode of #APCRSHR10 Dialogues on 25th May.

  • To join the #APCRSHR10 Dialogues, click here or go to: www.bit.ly/apcrshr
#APCRSHR10 Dialogues is a special series of fortnightly online interviews with SRHR leaders in Asia Pacific, on the overarching theme of "Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in Asia Pacific: 2030 SDGs vision and 2020 realities".

  • Co-hosted by APCRSHR10 and CNS
  • LIVE streamed on Zoom connecting online participants with SRHR leaders in Asia Pacific (everyone is welcome to watch/ listen and join the online conversation every fortnight in lead up to the APCRSHR10)
  • Streamed on Facebook LIVE and also feed into other social media (such as YouTube, Instagram TV, TikTok, APCRSHR10 and CNS websites)
  • Processed into a Podcast (which are available via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, aCast, TuneIn, BluBrry, PodTail, etc)
  • Feed into in-depth thematic articles (which get published via CNS syndication and other media)
  • Disseminated via social media (such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Reddit, etc)


APCRSHR10 and CNS teams
Email: editor@citizen-news.org
Websites: www.apcrshr10cambodia.org, www.bit.ly/apcrshr10dialogues