Covid-19 may lead to 7 million unintended pregnancies: UN

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Covid-19 may lead to 7 million unintended pregnancies: UN

Apr 30, 2020 10:56 IST

The ongoing lockdown could lead to 7 million unwanted pregnancies due to disrupted access to contraceptives for 47 million women in low and middle-income countries, shares a new report by the United Nations Population Fund. The study indicates that about 450 million women across 114 low and middle income countries use contraceptives. Lockdown-related disruptions will also cause delays in programmes that discourage child marriage and female genital mutilation, and this may lead to an estimated 13 million child marriages in the next 10 years! These alarming projections are only estimates assessed in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University and Australia's Victoria University.

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