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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"40% of African countries are reporting continued disruptions to sexual, reproductive, maternal, new-born, child & adolescent health services. The consequences for women’s health are a serious cause for concern."
— WHO African Region (@WHOAFRO) March 6, 2022