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Jakarta Post

Innovative reproductive health efforts, financing crucial during pandemic

  • Stevie Emilia


Jakarta   /   Wed, September 16 2020   /  01:00 am
Baby boom: As the pandemic rages on, an estimated 47 million women could lose access to contraception, leading to 7 million unintended pregnancies.(Courtesy of UNFPA/-)

The Asia-Pacific region has witnessed very rapid developments over the past decades, with economic growth resulting in corresponding improvements to health services and infrastructure. However, the benefits have not been enjoyed equally across populations, according to Ashish Bajracharya, the Population Council's deputy director for global country strategy and regional representative for South and East Asia. He said that despite the economic growth, vast swathes of the population still had unmet needs in sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR). “In many countries, out of pocket expenditures continue to finance most healthcare expenditures, and these are unjustly reserved for the elite few in terms of quality as well as timeliness,” said Bajracharya. He said he was aware that sociodemographic processes were at play, such as urbanization and labor migration...