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Impacts of Covid-19 on young people’s access to contraceptives

The Novel Coronavirus, known as COVID -19 has disrupted normal life and operations across the globe.  It has interfered with political, social and economic activities globally, including access to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) services. However, for many young people, especially adolescents, COVID-19 has not introduced any new barriers when it comes to accessing SRHR services. COVID-19 has exacerbated the pre-existing structural barriers that have continually abridged young people’s SRHR worldwide. The pandemic is exposing young peoples’ unmet need for contraceptives that has been perpetuated over time by discriminatory policies, ignorance and stigma.

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