How Covid-19 is affecting reproductive health efforts

Pregnant women sit at the veranda of Lira RDC’s office as they wait patiently for temporary travel permit on March 3, 2020. PHOTO BY ISAAC OTWII

What you need to know:

baby boom. In an effort to combat Covid-19, most health facilities have shifted attention to Covid-19 patients. Many expectant mothers have missed out on antenatal care services and those who want family planning services cannot access them. Some health centres have run out of contraceptives and experts warn that Uganda may witness a rise in unwanted pregnancies in the near future, writes Gillian Nantume.

You do not need to look too far to find the strain of the lockdown. It is plain to see, especially on the face of a pregnant woman. So far, the national response to Covid-19 has been blind to the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) needs of youths and women.

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