Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on adolescent sexual and reproductive health in Ethiopia

Case Studies & Research
New York
Guttmacher Institute
4 p.

To understand how adolescent sexual and reproductive health was affected during the months following the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, this report uses service statistics data from 2019 and 2020 to analyze changes in service coverage across three main areas of adolescent sexual and reproductive health care: modern contraceptive care, pregnancy-related and childbirth care, and safe abortion care. It estimates the impact of observed service changes on the number of adolescents aged 15–19 in need of these services and the resulting impact on unintended pregnancies, unplanned births, abortions and maternal deaths, as well as the added cost to the health system from these disruptions. This report also makes the case to national stakeholders for increased resources to improve adolescent health care coverage and sexual and reproductive health outcomes.

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