Nafisa* (25) was the first COVID-19 patient at Save the Children's treatment centre in Cox's Bazar. Image credit: Habiba Ummay / Save the Children

Barriers to Gender Based Violence Health Services in Humanitarian Settings during the COVID-19 Response

February 9, 2022 | 13:30 – 14:30 (Geneva, GMT +1)

The Global Health Cluster and the READY Initiative hosted this one-hour webinar to explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on gender-based violence (GBV) health services in humanitarian settings. The webinar shared findings and recommendations from the desk review of the same name (view/download the desk review).

Live interpretation for this event was provided in French and Arabic.

Ms. Donatella Massai, Technical Advisor, COVID-19 Task Team, Global Health Cluster


  • Ms. Saba Zariv, Gender-based Violence Advisor, Global Health Cluster, Opening Remarks
  • Dr. Krista Bywater, Senior Advisor, Gender Equality, Save the Children, COVID-19 and Barriers to GBV Health Services: Cox’s Bazar, Iraq, & Northeastern Nigeria


  • Dr. Hur Salman, Head of Medical Committee, DARY Humanitarian Organization, Iraq
  • Dr. A. F. M. Mahbubul Alam, Sector Lead-Health and Nutrition, BRAC, Bangladesh
  • Dr. Midala Usman Balami, Sexual Reproductive Health/GBV Officer, UNFPA, Nigeria

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