Women Starved of Services Amid Lockdown

COVID-19 restrictions put 9.5 million women and girls at risk of losing access to reproductive health services and possibly leading to 11,000 pregnancy-related deaths, according to Marie Stopes International, The Guardian reports..

When clinics closed during the 2014-2016 West Africa Ebola outbreak, it led to thousands of additional maternal, neonatal, and stillborn deaths, the organization said. 

MSI has called on governments to consider reproductive health care an essential service. 
 
The author of a Philippines’ reproductive health law also urged the government to double down on its mandate to provide free reproductive health supplies during lockdown, Manila Bulletin reports.
 
COVID-19 lockdowns have also brought a sharp uptick in domestic violence—and UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged countries to make that a central consideration in coronavirus response efforts, NPR reports.
 

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