The World Health Organization says it is especially women on the African continent that have been severely negatively impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

New research shows that up to 40% of African countries have reported continued disruptions to sexual, reproductive, maternal, and child & adolescent health services, since the onset of the pandemic.

WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti says with International Women’s Day being celebrated today, it is important that governments improve their interventions to counteract these negative effects.

Moeti says teenage pregnancies and incidences of gender-based violence have also increased.

Read Moeti’s full statement here.

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The World Health Organization says the majority of African countries have now reached and moved past their third-wave peaks of the covid-19 pandemic.

WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti says the over-all rate of new infections have shown a decrease of almost 25%.

Moeti says the Delta-variant remains the main driver behind new infections recorded across Africa.

Access the full briefing here.

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