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W.H.O. Warns of Pandemic’s Indirect Dangers to Women and Children

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W.H.O. Warns of Pandemic’s Indirect Dangers to Women and Children

The World Health Organization said strain on health systems from the coronavirus could result in more deaths of women and children than the disease itself.

“As the pandemic accelerates in low- and middle-income countries, W.H.O. is especially concerned about its impact on people who already struggle to access health services — often women, children and adolescents. The indirect effects of Covid-19 on these groups may be greater than the number of deaths due to the virus itself. Because the pandemic has overwhelmed health systems in many places, women may have a heightened risk of dying from complications of pregnancy and childbirth.” “Pregnancies don’t stop for the pandemic. Sexual and reproductive health services are not just nice to have — they are essential. Even before the emergence of Covid-19, for millions of women, timely, high-quality maternal health care was unavailable, it was inaccessible, or it was not affordable. And now with the pandemic we’re seeing exacerbation of already limited access to care putting women’s health and lives at risk.”

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