The health, economic, and social impacts of COVID-19 are felt worldwide and most critically by those who are at risk of exposure, severe forms of illness, mortality, and those facing the brunt of the economic downturn. There is a risk that existing inequalities in maternal and reproductive health outcomes will be exacerbated, if we don’t act now. Maternal and reproductive health is at the core of global and national health efforts to prepare, respond, and mitigate the impact of the pandemic.
This webinar discussed the primary and secondary impact of the pandemic on maternal and reproductive health and current mitigation efforts. An expert panel presented the latest epidemiology of the pandemic, provide current information about health care of pregnant women with COVID-19 and their newborns, and share programmatic adaptations to mitigate the secondary impact of COVID-19 on availability and use of maternal and reproductive health services from a global perspective and from experiences in Bangladesh and Colombia.