Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Maternal and Newborn Health & COVID-19

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Preparedness and Response UNFPA Interim Technical Brief

23 March 2020

Core Messages

  • There is no current evidence of adverse effects on pregnant women from COVID-19. The physical and immune system changes that occur during and after pregnancy should however be taken into account. It is critical that all women have access to safe birth, the continuum of antenatal and postnatal care, including screening tests according to national guidelines and standards, especially in epicenters of the pandemic, where access to services for pregnant women, women in labour and delivery, and lactating women is negatively impacted.
  • Keep the health system functioning: Maintain sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) information and services, protect health workers and limit spread of COVID-19

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Highlights
● All countries in the region have confirmed cases and the disease may now spread quickly.
● The region is home to some of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, with more than 62.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance prior to COVID-19,...

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“During my visits, I saw a woman being beaten by her husband during the curfew,” a Syrian outreach worker said.
Resources
UNFPA is working with governments and partners to avoid or minimize shortages of contraceptives and life-saving maternal health medicines―all in close coordination.

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