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Lockdowns mean millions of women can't reach birth control

Added 04-09-20 05:03:03am EST - “The callers were in tears. One by one, women in homes across rural Zimbabwe had a pleading question: When would family planning services return?” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Lockdowns mean millions of women can’t reach birth control”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - The callers were in tears. One by one, women in homes across rural Zimbabwe had a pleading question: When would family planning services return?

Lockdowns imposed to curb the coronavirus’ spread have put millions of women in Africa, Asia and elsewhere out of reach of birth control and other sexual and reproductive health needs. Confined to their homes with their husbands and others, they face unwanted pregnancies and little idea of when they can reach the outside world again.

In these uncertain times, women “have to lock down their uterus,” Abebe Shibru, Zimbabwe country director for Marie Stopes International, told The Associated Press. “But there is no way in a rural area.”

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Eighteen countries in Africa have imposed national lockdowns, according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All but essential workers or those seeking food or health care must stay home for weeks, maybe longer. Rwanda, the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to impose a lockdown, has extended it for two weeks, a possible sign of things to come.

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