• Health care workers vaccinating their babies at the Comprehensive Health Centre Arakale in Akure, Nigeria on June 26, 2018. Photo © Dominic Chavez/The Global Financing Facility

The impact of COVID-19 on maternal and neonatal health in three states in Nigeria

Wednesday, 15 Dec 2021
COVID-19 has disrupted essential healthcare services worldwide. This study identifies how the pandemic has affected maternal and neonatal health (MNH) outcomes.

Findings from the interviews for this study indicate that the main barriers to accessing 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 encouarging 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.

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