The health crisis hinders access to maternal, reproductive and child health care

The High Commission for Planning (HCP) notes, in an information note published on the occasion of World Population Day, which is celebrated on July 11 each year, that the health crisis is hampering access to health care. maternal, reproductive and child health.

“During its establishment, the confinement had a strong impact on access to health services for women and is likely to affect them for many years to come. As efforts focus on reducing the spread of the virus, essential services such as access to sexual and reproductive health services have been disrupted,” indicates the HCP.

A little less than a third (27.3%) of women did not have access to maternal health care, and 20.8% for reproductive health services, said the same source, specifying that the lack of access to maternal health services is higher in rural areas with 32.4% against 22.6% in urban areas. These percentages are respectively 28% and 16.7% in the case of reproductive health care. With regard to pre- and post-natal visits, nearly a quarter (26.6%) of the women concerned were unable to benefit from these services because of access difficulties and 26.2% for lack of money (difficulty financial).

These reasons differ according to place of residence. For rural women, difficulties of access come first with 35.9%, followed by lack of money (31.9%) and fear of contamination with 15.8%.

On the other hand, for city dwellers, it is much more the fear of contamination that prevents them from accessing these services (27.8%), followed by lack of money (20.8%) and difficulties of access. (17.8%).

The said note also highlights that the health crisis linked to Covid-19 is affecting children on an unprecedented scale, and could jeopardize years of progress made in the field of health and particularly that of vaccination.

Of all children under the age of 5 who required a vaccination service during confinement, nearly 11.7% were unable to benefit from it.

As for the reasons for not having access to vaccination services, the main reasons cited by households are the fear of contamination and the difficulties of access (transport, etc.).

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