A third of Moroccan women have not had access to maternal and reproductive health care

A third of Moroccan women did not have access to maternal and reproductive health services during the confinement due to the covid-19 pandemic. Among the causes of this slowdown are the difficulty of access to care, the lack of means. This situation has a direct impact on children and “could jeopardize years of progress made in the field of health and particularly that of vaccination”, according to the High Commission for Planning (HCP).

On the occasion of World Population Day 2022, the High Commission for Planning (HCP) presented information on women’s access to health services, in particular maternal health services, reproductive health and children’s access to immunization services during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

The latter has had a strong impact on access to health services for women and risks affecting them for many years to come, warns the institution, in particular because of the disruption of access to sexual and reproductive health services. .

In Morocco, 27.3% of women did not have access to maternal health care, and 20.8% to reproductive health services during this period, with a predominance of these figures in rural areas (32.4% against 22.6% in urban areas).

Regarding access to reproductive health care, the gap between rural and urban areas is once again similar with 28% and 16.7% respectively.

With regard to pre- and post-natal visits, nearly a quarter of the women concerned were unable to benefit from these services because of access difficulties and 26.2% because of financial difficulties. In total, it is 26.6%, according to HCP census figures.

In terms of reasons for this lack of access to health care, they are as follows: For rural women, access difficulties come first with 35.9%, followed by lack of money (31.9%) and fear of contamination with 15.8%, while for city dwellers, fear of contamination takes first place (27.8%), followed by lack of money (20.8%) and access difficulties (17.8%).

“Beyond its consequences on health, the pandemic is causing significant economic losses particularly for women, pushing them into vulnerability and poverty,” said the HCP, which continues that households headed by women have suffered more. loss of income than their male counterparts who are heads of households, regardless of the sector of activity.

By distribution in terms of sectors, the loss of income in households headed by a woman, the figures are edifying compared to men, which proves

The proportion of female-headed households with no income was 72% in commerce, 58% in industry and crafts, 36.4% in agriculture and 41% in services. For households headed by a man, these proportions are respectively: 46% in commerce, 53% in industry, 32.5% in agriculture and 33.4% in services.

The effects of the coronavirus health crisis “affect children on an unprecedented scale, and could jeopardize years of progress made in the field of health and particularly that of vaccination”, indicates the publication.

“Of all the children under 5 years old who required a vaccination service during confinement, nearly 11.7% were unable to benefit from it”, and these are above all children whose parents were afraid of coronavirus contamination and those who had difficulty providing transport.

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