covid: ‘19% of women could not access health facilities in 2021’ | Jaipur News

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Jaipur: Covid has affected women on different fronts, from access to health facilities to reduced household income. While Covid itself was difficult to manage, curbs prevented women from accessing health facilities.
Due to the interrupted availability of family planning services during Covid in 2020-2021, about 14% of women reported that their current or previous pregnancy was unintended, according to Performance Monitoring for Action (PMA), India, a project on family planning (FP) and other key health indicators released survey results for 2021 – released by the Department of Reproductive and Child Health (Director) on Monday. IIHMR University implemented the project, PMA India, in Rajasthan.
In 2021, the situation was better than in 2020. Nineteen percent of women, who wanted to go to a health center, said they had difficulty accessing the facilities in 2021 compared to 65% in 2020 due to Covid restrictions.
Causes of difficulty in accessing facilities for women included closed facilities, partner does not approve, lack of transport, government restrictions on movement, cost, fear of Covid in the facility.
The report states: “Fourteen percent of healthcare facilities reported that they were closed, while 29% had reduced their opening hours during Covid restrictions.”
Women were also affected because they did not get family planning services. “Among facilities offering family planning services, 10% reported suspending services during Covid restrictions, the report said, adding that provider-administered methods such as intrauterine device or female sterilization n were not offered in 18% of facilities that offered family planning. services during Covid restrictions.
Among facilities offering family planning services, 29% said the supply of family planning methods had become erratic, while 5% said it had stopped completely during the restrictions.
Besides family planning, the survey also shared Covid results from the same households. Of the women who said their household had suffered a full or partial loss of income in the last 12 months due to Covid, 68% said they had partially recovered some of their losses, while 8% did not. yet reported recovery from loss of income.
More than half of women who did not use family planning said non-use was their own decision, while 32% said it was a joint decision made with their partner. Trends in modern contraceptive methods reveal that injectables have steadily increased, while female sterilization remains the most prevalent method in Rajasthan. Availability of family planning methods in public facilities has improved for all family planning methods since 2020. About 70% of health facility clients reported having access to an affordable family planning method of their choice.
In Rajasthan, data collection was conducted by the Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR) under the PMA India project. PMA involves India as one of the program countries out of the nine countries including Ethiopia, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Niger, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo. IIHMR University is implementing the project in collaboration with Jhpiego, Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with support from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of Rajasthan.
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