Friday March 12th 2021
No access to contraceptives
Millions unintentionally pregnant due to Corona
The pandemic has brought many areas of life to a standstill. Access to contraceptives and pregnancy counseling has also been interrupted, leading to 1.4 million unwanted pregnancies worldwide.
Twelve million women worldwide had no access to contraceptives last year because of the corona pandemic. This has led to 1.4 million unwanted pregnancies, according to a published report by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). The twelve million women affected live in 115 countries.
The pandemic meant that women had no access to family planning counseling services, said the UN Population Fund, which is responsible for programs to promote reproductive health, pregnancy counseling and planning, and access to contraceptives. According to the report, the problems mainly existed in April and May. The pandemic also resulted in women having to spend the money on other things instead of contraception.
“We have to make sure that women and girls have uninterrupted access to vital contraceptives and medicines for mothers,” said the director of the UN Population Fund, Natalia Kanem. The “devastating effects” of the pandemic “on the lives of millions of women and girls” highlighted “the vital importance of ensuring reproductive health services at all times,” she said.