COVID-19 Response and Recovery Small Grants Mechanism Recipients Announced

September 24, 2021

COVID-19 Response and Recovery Small Grants Mechanism Recipients Announced

Management Sciences for Health (MSH), the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children, and Adolescents (GFF), and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Children’s Health (PMNCH) are pleased to announce the recipients of a new COVID-19 Response and Recovery Small Grants Mechanism to support coordinated civil society and youth advocacy for ensuring service continuity for women’s, children’s, and adolescent’s health in response to COVID-19.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the GFF estimates that access to life-saving health interventions for women, children, and adolescents in 36 of the world’s poorest countries—26 of which are in Africa—has decreased by up to 25%. That is equivalent to 4 million women being unable to receive childbirth care, 17 million children missing vaccinations, and more than 5 million women and adolescents losing access to contraceptives [1].

Through these small grants, civil society organizations (CSOs) from Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, and Uganda will ensure that women, children, and adolescents continue to access antenatal care, family planning, safe delivery, vaccinations, and other basic health and nutrition services; ensure that COVID-19 response and recovery plans maintain essential WCAH services and support its continued investment; and hold governments accountable for delivering on these commitments.

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Learn about the grant recipients for 2021–2022


Organization: Aahung

Contact: Aisha Ijaz, Program Director;

Project Overview: Aahung is a sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR) organization that strives to improve access to quality SRHR information and services using a rights-based lens. Through the small grants, the project will work to ensure that women and adolescents in Pakistan are able to access essential SRHR information and services directly or indirectly through the health system. The project will monitor and assess public- and private-sector provision of family planning, safe abortion and post-abortion care (SA/PAC), and gender-based violence (GBV) counselling, products, and services for quality, continuity, and responsiveness to women and adolescent needs during COVID-19. Aahung also plans to mobilize communities and service providers through targeted engagement via digital and field-based mediums with the aim of generating demand for women and adolescents to use family planning counselling and services, SA/PAC products and services, and counselling for GBV.


Organization: Asociación PASMO

Contact: Susana Lungo, Directora Ejecutiva;

Project Overview: Asociación PASMO (Pan American Social Marketing Organization) is a Central American non-profit organization, made up of professionals in social marketing working to contribute in a sustainable way to the health of populations in vulnerable contexts. With a focus on innovation, social marketing, and the development and use of evidence, PASMO’s health programs are oriented towards measuring and obtaining results and impacts on health. PASMO’s project seeks to contribute to increasing adult women and adolescents’ access to health services and attention to cases of GBV in the context of COVID-19 through social and behavior change communication strategies. Through this grant, PASMO will contribute to national and local efforts to maintain access to comprehensive health services and prevention and GBV response services. They will also increase the demand for comprehensive health services and for reporting violence against adult women and adolescents, including the Mayan populations of Quetzaltenango, San Marcos, and Huehuetenango.


Organization: Association des Enfants et Jeunes Travailleurs “JEKAWILI” Mopti

Contact: Aboubacar Dembele, Gestionnaire financier;

Project Overview: The Association des Enfants et Jeunes Travailleurs (AEJT) organization works to improve the living and working conditions of children and young workers in small trades. The goal of their project is to enable reproductive health service delivery structures in the region of Mopti to provide quality services and promote the use of these essential health services by youth in the informal sector, despite COVID-19. This grant will help their project provide youth in the informal sector with skills and quality information on COVID-19 to advocate for their reproductive health. Their activities will increase the use of reproductive health services, such as family planning, HIV/AIDS testing, treatment of sexually transmitted infections, and monthly hygiene, as well as prevent COVID-19 among young girls and boys.


Organization: Centre for Capacity Improvement for the Well-Being of the Vulnerable (CIWED)

Contact: Baako Abdul-Fatawu, Executive Director;

Project Overview: CIWED is a gender-based advocacy and empowerment organization that empowers women, children, and young people, based on human rights and gender equality considerations. The goal of the project is to contribute to advocacy and accountability for the continuation of quality, lifesaving health and nutrition services for women, children, and adolescents during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, and for improving health outcomes in these areas. CIWED will advocate with the government and decision makers to maintain the availability of gender-sensitive, equitable, and high-quality reproductive, maternal, newborn, adolescent and child health (RMNCAH) services under the COVID-19 response and recovery; to support advocacy activities for preventing and responding to GBV during the COVID-19 pandemic through campaigns targeting male engagement and addressing the drivers of intimate partner violence; and to mobilize collective action to ensure women, children and adolescents are continuing to demand and use essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Organization: development Research and Projects Center (dRPC)

Contact: Dr Judith-Ann Walker;

Project Overview: The development Research and Projects Centre (dRPC) is a non-profit in Nigeria working to strengthen the capacity of CSOs, and of CSO coalitions to implement sustainable social accountability and good governance interventions which benefit the poor, vulnerable, and excluded populations (women, youth, and girls). The goal of this project is to ensure that the government removes barriers to women’s, children’s, and adolescent’s access essential health and nutrition services to improve WCAH outcomes as Nigeria develops and implements COVID-19 response and recovery plans. dRPC will work with CSOs and health accountability platforms to increase the capacity of evidence-based advocacy, monitoring and generating data for evidence-based messaging and accountability, and amplifying evidence-based messaging and communications through accountability platforms and networks. 

Côte d’Ivoire

Organization: Fédération Nationale des Organisations de Santé de Côte d’Ivoire (FENOS-CI)

Contact: Zikehouli Digbeu Luc, Chargé de Plaidoyer/Chef de Projet;

Project Overview: FENOS-CI brings together 300 organizations (NGOs, foundations, thematic networks, groups of traditional practioners, etc.) across Côte d’Ivoire and serves as an interface between the State and CSOs working in health. The project’s goal is to improve access to maternal, child and adolescent health care and services through an approach centered on strengthening the role of communities. FENOS-CI will be working with community leaders, women’s associations, youth associations, cooperatives and development mutuals, and other key players to reduce socio-cultural practices harmful to women, children, and adolescents. FENOS-CI will also work with CSOs to advocate for additional local budgetary allocations for improved health care and services.


Organization: Kisumu Medical and Education Trust (KMET)

Contact: Monica Oguttu, Executive Director;,

Project Overview: KMET is a Kenyan NGO which aims to build the capacity of  health, education, and development programs, including of medical institutions, to provide high quality care. KMET works at the local, national, and international levels to expand access to rights-based comprehensive reproductive health services for the disadvantaged, and in hard-to-reach communities. The project goal is to ensure communities in Kisumu County consistently demand and use quality and responsive WCAH services. By using social accountability mechanisms to identify gaps and solutions towards the provision of WCAH and enhancing the uptake and continuity of WCAH services during  COVID-19, KMET hopes to improve accountability through empowered communities, stimulate responsive health resource allocation based on community needs, increase utilization of WCAH services, and improve access to contraception by women of reproductive age.


Organization: Kulich Youth Reproductive Health and Development Organization (KYRHDO)

Contact: Wubitu Hailu, Sr., Executive Directress;

Project Overview: KYRHDO works to empower youth, women, and communities to resolve sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and socioeconomic problems in collaboration with the government, NGOs, CBO, and other stakeholders. Their project goal is to enhance the capacity of young women, girls, and men in creating violence-free spaces during the COVID-19 pandemic. Project activities aim to increase the awareness of young women on their basic rights and GBV reporting mechanisms, to develop and strengthen government capacity in protecting victims and vulnerable groups from GBV, to address the root causes of GBV in the context of COVID-19, to strengthen community-based actions that promote accountability, and to involve GBV survivors in alternative livelihoods.

Sierra Leone

Organization: Mental Health Coalition – Sierra Leone

Contact: Joshua Abioseh Duncan, Programs Manager; 

Project Overview: The National Mental Health Coalition envisions a society that protects the human rights and dignity of people with mental health concerns, especially women and adolescent girls, by providing non-discriminatory, inclusive, and high-quality care and support. The project aims to develop an enabling, empowering environment in which maternal health for pregnant teen girls and women during COVID-19 can thrive. To achieve its goal, the project seeks to carry out evidence-based research that responds to the health needs of pregnant teen girls and women, to empower service providers with psychosocial skills to enhance the maternal health and wellbeing of pregnant teen girls and women, and to engage communities and schools through key messages to promote a change of attitude regarding how to address the health needs of pregnant teen girls and women.


Organization: ONG Convergence pour le Développement Durable au Niger (CODD Niger)

Contact: Ibrahim Innocent, Secrétaire Exécutif National;

Project Overview: The project will raise awareness among the population—particularly women, young people, and health care providers—to ensure the continuity of sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, adolescent, and nutrition services during COVID-19. CODD Niger plans to mobilize influencers to ensure the continuity of services in the  districts of Niamey and Tilaberi by initiating community forums, creating content for social networks, building champions, and strengthening the interaction between communities and providers.


Organization: Public Health Ambassadors Uganda (PHAU)

Contact: Lillibet Namakula, Programs Manager;

Project Overview: PHAU is a not-for-profit, youth-led and -serving organization working on issues of sexual and reproductive health and rights and HIV/AIDS prevention awareness through youth empowerment programs, health education, social entrepreneurship, and use of ICT for health. The goal of the project is to contribute to increased access to integrated RMNCAH services under COVID-19 among youth in Jinja District. PHAU will leverage existing community structures in Jinja to identify and select peer mobilizers who will play a significant role in reaching young women with quality integrated WCAH information within their catchment areas and refer them for quality SRHR services at selected health facilities. The project will also mobilize and empower youth leaders as SRHR champions and active change agents who will advocate for improved   WCAH services, and amplify the existing SRH needs and challenges affecting young women that need to be addressed by duty bearers in their respective communities.


Organization: Women Coalition Against Cancer in Malawi (WOCACA)

Contact: Maud Mwakasungula, Executive Director;, 

Project Overview: WOCACA strives to ensure that rural women and girls in Malawi have equitable access to information and care for reproductive cancers, other non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and other SRHR needs. The project goal is to support the national objective of building capacity for community awareness and mobilization to create demand for cervical cancer prevention and control services. The key strategy will be to enhance awareness and behavior change interventions of the community, policy makers, and health workers for cervical cancer prevention and control. Important target groups in the fight against cervical cancer include community, political, and religious leaders; schools; the youth; traditional healers; and media. The project uses a multidimensional approach, combining education, awareness-raising, and reducing stigma to promote equality in health.


1. “Reclaiming and Accelerating Health Gains for Women, Children and Adolescents”. Reclaim the Gains: The Case for Investing in the Global Financing Facility 2021–2025 (Washington DC: The World Bank Group, 2021).