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The impact of COVID-19 on maternal and neonatal health

This study identifies how Covid-19 has affected maternal and neonatal health outcomes in three states in Nigeria

15 December 2021

Findings from the interviews for this study indicate that the main barriers to accessing maternal and neonatal health (MNH) services in 2020 were fear of contracting coronavirus, movement restrictions, more limited financial resources and reduced services. This study has shown how COVID-19 has added to the various challenges women face in deciding to use, or reaching, MNH services.

It is encouraging that reports suggest that MNH services have adapted to the change in context and have been able to provide the majority of essential MNH services. This highlights a need to focus predominately on reducing demand-side barriers to accessing health.

View the study here. 

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Focus areas
Maternal and Newborn Health

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