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"COVID-19 Could Have Devastating Effects on Adolescents’ Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights"

Article written by Zara Ahmed for New Security Beat.

In just one year, a 10% decrease in sexual and reproductive health services in low- and middle-income countries could lead to another 49 million women with unmet need for contraception, according to Guttmacher Institute estimates from April 2020. The effects of COVID-19 are more likely to impact adolescents who have higher rates of unmet need for health services, face greater social and logistical hurdles to accessing care, and have limited access to protective programs, including legal services. By learning from the past and adopting policies that priotize adolescent sexual and reporductive health, it is possible to mitigate some of these difficulties for young people around the world.

Read the full article here.


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