scoop.co.nz 17 Mar, 2021 07:30 am

Devastation, Challenge, Opportunity: Covid-19 Pandemic's Impact On Women, Children In South Asia

Devastation, Challenge, Opportunity: Covid-19 Pandemic's Impact On Women, Children In South Asia
Disruptions in health services due to COVID-19 “may have contributed to an additional 239,000 child and maternal deaths in South Asia” - New UN report Health services must urgently be restored and strengthened to contain the pandemic’s impact on ...

Disruptions in health services due to COVID-19 “may have contributed to an additional 239,000 child and maternal deaths in South Asia” - New UN report Health services must urgently be restored and strengthened to contain the pandemic’s impact on the most vulnerable families Kathmandu/Bangkok/New Delhi, 17 March 2021: Drastic cuts in the availability and use of essential public health services across South Asia due to COVID-19 may have contributed to an estimated 228,000 additional child deaths in 2020, according to a new United Nations report.” The report calls for making essential health services for pregnant women, adolescents and young infants a topmost priority.“Maintaining essential health services is an important pillar of WHO’s COVID-19 response strategy,” said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director of the WHO South-East Asia Region.“The fall-off of these critical services has had a devastating impact on the health and nutrition of the poorest families,” said UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia, George Laryea-Adjei.

” Some 420 million children in South Asia remain out of school due to pandemic control measures.“Given the cultural and social context of South Asia, the suspension of these services is deepening inequalities and is likely to lead to an increase in the number of maternal and neonatal deaths,” said Bjorn Andersson, Asia-Pacific Regional Director of UNFPA.

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