Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Mitigation Measures: The Case of Ethiopia

Garumma Tolu Feyissa, Lemi Belay Tolu, Alex Ezeh


Ethiopia has made tremendous progress in sexual and reproductive health (SRH) in the past two decades, especially in reducing maternal mortality and morbidity. Ethiopia's dedication to reducing maternal mortality is exemplary. All maternity services including antenatal care, labor and delivery, postnatal care, family planning, and post abortion care were given free of charge to increase access to service. In 2019, 7,091,000 women were using modern contraceptive methods, which was estimated to avert 2, 755, 000 pregnancies, 607,000 unsafe abortions and 7400 maternal deaths1. Women development army (community health workers) works to reduce maternal mortality, especially by increasing awareness of women on institutional delivery. However, the ongoing fear of the COVID-19 pandemics is threatening maternal health services including institutional deliveries2,3.

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