United Nation Population Fund UNFPA has disclosed that about 47 million women in low and middle-income countries are likely to be deprived of contraceptives as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, Dr Natalia Kanem, Executive Director of UNFPA, disclosed this in a statement released by Mrs Kori Habib, the Media Associate of the fund in Abuja. NAN reports
Kanem, said when given a speech entitled “peace in the home: safeguarding the health and rights of women and girls – even during COVID-19,” in observance by World Population Day (WPD) she said that the impact of COVID-19 would likely hamper global efforts to achieve three ‘zeros’ at the heart of our UNFPA’s works.
“UNFPA projects, for example, that the pandemic will cut global progress towards ending gender-based violence within this decade by at least one third. “Moreover, if mobility restrictions continue for at least six months with major disruptions to health services. “47 million women in low- and middle-income countries may be deprived of modern contraceptives, resulting in seven million unintended pregnancies,” Kanem said.
“UNFPA is working to ensure that the supply of modern contraceptives and reproductive health commodities is maintained and that midwives and other health personnel have the personal protective equipment they need to stay safe. “We are encouraged that so far 146 Member States have signed on to the Secretary-General’s call to make peace in the home a reality, and we are partnering to support them. “As part of our COVID-19 response, we are innovating to deliver remote services such as hotlines, telemedicine and counselling, and gathering and using disaggregated data to support governments in identifying and reaching those most in need. “Positive public messaging around gender equality and challenging gender stereotypes and harmful social norms can reduce the risk of violence. In this, men and boys can and must be key allies.” she said.