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Leave no one behind: Upholding sexual reproductive health despite pandemic

  • Stevie Emilia

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 12 2020   /  01:00 am
Work in progress: The Pacific region has some of the poorest health and social development indicators globally, including the highest level of unmet need for contraception in the world.(Courtesy of IPPF Pacific/-)

With the pandemic wreaking havoc across the world, it has also intensified obstacles to quality healthcare services, harming goals to achieve sexual reproductive health for all. The Asia Pacific region, home to 60 percent of the world’s population, or around 4.3 billion people, including three of the world’s four most populous countries – China, India and Indonesia – has not been not spared. Many women in the Asia Pacific region do not have sufficient access to health care. In the region, more than 30 million women a year reportedly do not give birth in a health facility, more than 45 million women receive inadequate or no antenatal care, while more than 2 million women want to avoid pregnancy but cannot use modern contraception, not to mention the many unsafe abortions taking place. The barriers to quality healthcare services are mainly lack of access...