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Experts advocate accessible healthcare for women

Health Experts and partners, have called for more investment in health system that caters for the well being of children, adolescent and women across the world.

The call was made following a recent report titled ‘Protect the Promise’ a bi-annual summary of progress on women and children, released by global partners such as the World Health Organization WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA and Partnership for Maternal Newborn and Child Health PMNCH.

The report shows how women and children’s health have suffered globally, due to the impacts of conflict, the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change as well as various key indicators of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Director-General WHO, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, observed that “Almost three years of Covid-19 pandemic, the impact of the pandemic on the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents became evident and their chances for healthy and productive lives declined sharply”.

UNICEF Executive Director, Catherine Russell, said that the pandemic and climate change in vulnerable communities, inequities in health care systems, could be addressed through adequate funding of health sectors.

Global Advocate for Every Woman Every Child, Ms Kersti Kaljulaid, urged world leaders to think and act broadly to protect the promise.

The Executive Director UNFPA, Dr Natalia Kanem, advocated access to sexual and reproductive health services, including contraception. ”We need to expand these rights and services to the most marginalized, leaving no one behind.”

The Board Chair of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health PMNCH and former Prime Minister of New Zealand Helen Clark, spoke on deliberate efforts by policy makers to ensure more women engage in meaningful ventures.

It is believed that most maternal, child, and adolescent deaths as well as stillbirths are concentrated in just two regions, sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

“The six countries with the highest numbers of internally displaced persons – Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Sudan, the Syrian Arab Republic and Yemen – are also among the top 10 food insecure countries”.

The partners called on countries to continue investing in health services in all crises, and to re-imagine health systems that can truly reach every woman, child, and adolescent, no matter who they are or where they live.

Writing by Julian Osamoto; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare