Lockdowns could lead to 7 million unplanned pregnancies: UN

First Published 30, Apr 2020, 2:50 PM

The United Nations Population Fund projected around seven million unwanted pregnancies due to lost access to contraceptives with coronavirus-related lockdowns in most countries remaining in place

<p>Millions of women will lose access to contraception, face unexpected pregnancies and suffer gender-based violence as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a grim report from the UNFPA, the United Nations’ sexual and reproductive health agency.</p>

Millions of women will lose access to contraception, face unexpected pregnancies and suffer gender-based violence as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a grim report from the UNFPA, the United Nations’ sexual and reproductive health agency.

<p>Ongoing lockdowns and major disruptions to health services during the COVID-19 pandemic could leave 47 million women in low and middle-income countries unable to use modern contraceptives, leading to seven million unintended pregnancies in the coming months, according to data released by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and partners.</p>

Ongoing lockdowns and major disruptions to health services during the COVID-19 pandemic could leave 47 million women in low and middle-income countries unable to use modern contraceptives, leading to seven million unintended pregnancies in the coming months, according to data released by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and partners.

<p>The UN Population Fund is the sexual and reproductive health agency of the United Nations.</p>

The UN Population Fund is the sexual and reproductive health agency of the United Nations.

<p>“This new data shows the catastrophic impact that COVID-19 could soon have on women and girls globally,” UNFPA executive director Natalia Kanem said.&nbsp;</p>

“This new data shows the catastrophic impact that COVID-19 could soon have on women and girls globally,” UNFPA executive director Natalia Kanem said. 

<p>“The pandemic is deepening inequalities, and millions more women and girls now risk losing the ability to plan their families and protect their bodies and their health.”</p>

“The pandemic is deepening inequalities, and millions more women and girls now risk losing the ability to plan their families and protect their bodies and their health.”

<p>As health systems are overloading and facilities are limiting services, many women and girls are skipping important medical check-ups as they fear contracting COVID-19, said the report of the research.&nbsp;<br />
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As health systems are overloading and facilities are limiting services, many women and girls are skipping important medical check-ups as they fear contracting COVID-19, said the report of the research. 
 

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