The 1000 Day Journey facilitates high impact life-saving interventions. Interventions such as access to skilled health workers, proper nutrition and breastfeeding support work together to avoid preventable deaths and support moms, babies and entire communities in vulnerable areas across Tanzania, Kenya, Myanmar and Bangladesh. To date, the 1000 Day Journey initiative has reached over 1,000,000 women and children. To find out how these interventions work together and the impact of the 1000 Day Journey, please take some time to read the information in our reports.
- When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020, all of Bangladesh was placed under a government imposed two-month lockdown from March 24th to May 31st, 2020. With the pandemic coinciding with the final months of the ENRICH:1000 Day Journey initiative, project staff identified a critical opportunity to take stock of the progress the ENRICH:1000 Day Journey has made to date, while also attempting to understand and mitigate the impact of the virus on program initiatives – specifically adolescent girl power groups (AGPG). Field research was carried out in Thakurgaon district between September 21st and September 28th, 2020 and consisted of a survey, focus group discussions, key informant interviews and in-depth interviews with adolescent girl adolescent girl power group members, their parents and facilitators.
- Executive Summary
- The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted lives around the world through the direct health effects of the virus, and the far-reaching economic and social consequences of government efforts to curb its spread. The pandemic has significantly increased the burden of unpaid care work carried out by women and girls and threatened their livelihoods. Increasing financial stress and social isolation measures have heightened womens’ and girls’ vulnerability to gender-based violence and reduced access to health care, including sexual and reproductive health related services and supports. Adolescence offers a critical window of opportunity to equip vulnerable and energetic young people with knowledge, skills and confidence that build their resilience during times of crisis. Effective models for empowering adolescent girls in particular are needed as we navigate a path towards gender-transformative COVID recovery across the globe.