Covid-19 pandemic could trigger a 'baby boom' because almost
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-1.9million fewer women used contraceptive services between January and June

-UN Population Fund said there could be 7M unintended pregnancies worldwide

-Some women in Kenya have used broken glass to try and abort pregnancies.

The Covid-19 pandemic may trigger a 'baby boom' because hundreds of thousands of women have lost access to contraceptives and abortion services since the life-threatening disease first emerged. Data crunched by Marie Stopes International revealed 1.9million fewer women used their services across the world between January and June compared to last year. The report predicted that there will be 900,000 unintended pregnancies as a result of the disruption to reproductive health services.

The report by the MSI, one of the largest providers of reproductive health services, mirrors a warning from the World Health Organization earlier this month. Two-thirds of 103 countries reported reproductive health services were disrupted between May and July, according to the WHO. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has said the world could see as many as 7million unintended pregnancies as a result.

A similar spike was seen in West Africa following the Ebola crisis in 2014, which was the largest outbreak of that disease since it was discovered in the seventies. MSI's report also predicted there will also be 1.5million unsafe abortions and more than 3,000 maternal deaths.

According to MSI, India has been the worst hit of all three dozen nations it operates in — with 1.3million fewer women accessing services provided by the organization. One survey, done by Ipsos Mori, found that just under a third of people looking for abortion in India said their local clinic was closed.
And the country is expected to see an extra one million unsafe abortions, 650,000 unintended pregnancies and 2,600 maternal deaths alone.

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