Mothers, newborns, young children and adolescents are losing 20% of their health and social services because of the pandemic, according to a new report from a panel senior global health experts.
“Covid-19 is making a bad situation worse,” said Joy Phumaphi, co-chair of the United Nation’s Independent Accountability Panel (IAP) and former WHO Assistant Director-General.
The report, published today, compiled data from various surveys and studies to estimate the impacts from Covid-19 pandemic on mothers, newborns, young children and adolescents since January.
The early data found that women are experiencing a loss of various types of support and social safety nets and can’t access increased support, in contrast to men.
For example, one survey mentioned in the report found that 73% of health workers from the 30 countries surveyed cited shortages of sanitary products.
Another 58% cited price hikes, and half reported reduced access to clean water to help manage menstrual hygiene.
The IAP report estimates that the disruptions of health systems along with the decreased access to food could contribute to over 56,000 additional maternal deaths in six months, with increases of up to 38.6% in […]
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