New UNFPA information reveals that almost 12 million girls misplaced entry to contraception attributable to disruptions attributable to the pandemic, resulting in 1.4 million unintended pregnancies

New York, March 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — UNFPA, the UN sexual and reproductive well being company, releases new information at this time indicating that almost 12 million girls in 115 international locations misplaced entry to household planning companies, resulting in 1.4 million unintended pregnancies ensuing from the disruptions attributable to COVID-19 over the previous 12 months.

“Pregnancies don’t cease for pandemics, or any disaster. We should be sure that girls and women have uninterrupted entry to life-saving contraceptives and maternal well being medicines,” says UNFPA Govt Director, Dr. Natalia Kanem. “The devastating affect that COVID-19 has had on the lives of tens of millions of ladies and women previously 12 months underscores simply how important it’s to make sure the continuity of reproductive well being companies.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has been the fastest-moving world public well being disaster in a century, inflicting a pressure by no means earlier than seen on world well being methods, a lot of which have been pressured to divert assets away from their reproductive well being companies. Ladies additionally misplaced entry to well being companies attributable to mobility restrictions or worry of touring to well being amenities. The info, by UNFPA and Avenir well being, estimates the web affect of those service supply disruptions.

Within the 115 low-and-middle-income international locations studied, girls confronted a median disruption of their household planning companies of three.6 months over the previous 12 months, suggesting that many well being methods have been resilient sufficient to finally adapt and proceed to supply companies. The worst disruptions have been largely concentrated in April and Could.

Disruption of entry to trendy contraceptives and subsequent unintended pregnancies in 115 low and center earnings international locations attributable to COVID-19 in 2020

Common severity of disruptions (projections)

Common # months of disruption

Low

Medium

Excessive

Variety of girls who couldn’t entry trendy contraceptives attributable to COVID-19 disruptions

4,100,000

11,800,000

23,100,000

3.6

Variety of unintended pregnancies that occurred attributable to COVID-19 disruptions

500,000

1,400,000

2,700,000

3.6

Earlier analysis by the identical companions in April 2020 predicted that 3 months of lockdown attributable to COVID-19 may result in wherever between 13 and 44 million girls dropping entry to contraception, relying on the severity and size of disruption prompted.

“Regardless of main disruptions in entry to household planning, the worldwide neighborhood pulled collectively to mitigate the worst-case state of affairs,” Kanem continued. “From governments to producers to healthcare suppliers, the world’s provide chains for contemporary contraceptives have proven their resilience, and largely bounced again from the stock-outs we noticed within the earlier days of the pandemic.”

At the beginning of the pandemic, UNFPA sounded the alarm in regards to the menace COVID-19 posed to manufacturing and provide chains for contraceptives. Because the world’s largest procurer of contraceptives for creating international locations, UNFPA labored with its companions from governments, civil society and the non-public sector and took quick measures to mitigate its affect. UNFPA secured early funding from governments, added extra suppliers to its roster and carefully monitored world stock ranges, transferring surplus inventory to international locations in pressing want amongst different measures. And because of this shared dedication and fast motion, the disruption in entry to household planning was much less extreme than it may have been.

The projections use a number of novel information sources, together with anonymized, aggregated Google Mobility information roughly indicating folks’s means to go to grocery shops, pharmacies and obtain different important items and companies. The researchers have been additionally capable of gather survey information from UNFPA’s nation workplaces and companions, and to take note of some progress in using contraceptives that occurred in 2020, regardless of the affect of COVID-19. The projections current three situations exhibiting various severity of service disruptions; the figures reported right here replicate the medium severity of disruption state of affairs.

About UNFPA:

UNFPA is the United Nations sexual and reproductive well being company. UNFPA’s mission is to ship a world the place each being pregnant is needed, each childbirth is protected and each younger particular person’s potential is fulfilled. UNFPA requires the belief of reproductive rights for all and helps entry to a variety of sexual and reproductive well being companies, together with voluntary household planning, high quality maternal well being care and complete sexuality schooling.

CONTACT: Eddie Wright UNFPA +1 917 831 2074 ewright@unfpa.org

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