Too few adolescent girls receive essential maternal health care and many girls needs for family planning remain unmet
Efforts to contain public health outbreaks often divert resources from routine health services, including essential maternal health care and family planning, compromising continuity of care and potentially increasing unintended pregnancies and morbidity and mortality. Fear of COVID-19 infection may also prevent individuals from seeking necessary care. Adolescent girls are particularly vulnerable to health service closures. Globally, maternal conditions, such as haemorrhage, sepsis and obstructed labour, are the leading cause of mortality among adolescent girls between the ages of 15 and 19.
Yet, just over 1 in 2 pregnant adolescent girls receive at least 4 antenatal care visits, worldwide. And 4 in 10 adolescent girls’ needs for modern contraceptives remain unmet, globally.
As economic livelihoods are threatened during the COVID-19 pandemic, girls may also engage in transactional sex as a survival mechanism, further increasing their risks of unintended pregnancy.
Gender equality is not only a basic human right, but its achievement has enormous socio-economic ramifications. Empowering women fuels thriving economies, spurring productivity and growth. Yet gender inequalities remain deeply entrenched in every society. Women are often denied access to basic education and health care. Women in our parts of the world suffer violence and discrimination.
Millennium Child Support Group is a dynamic and strong champion for women and girls, providing them with a powerful voice at the National, regional and local levels.
Millennium Child Support Group among other issues, works for:
eliminating discrimination against women and girls
Empowering of women, and achieving equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security