Contraceptive shortage: 27 900 unintended pregnancies feared

06 August 2020 | Health

JEMIMA BEUKES

WINDHOEK



A study predicts that up to 27 900 unintended pregnancies may occur in Namibia because of a shortage of contraceptives brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The document, titled 'Maintaining access to contraceptives during Covid-19 disruptions: Potential impacts and mitigation in Namibia' also points out that poorer women are most at risk because they don't have the financial means to obtain contraceptives from private facilities.

“The impact of Covid-19 on contraceptive use will vary depending on the severity and duration of disruptions.

“Without efforts to mitigate this, it is estimated that between 23 400 and 92 900 women could be unable to use contraception, resulting in 585 to 27 900 unintended pregnancies in Namibia,” the report, compiled by the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition and Global Financing Facility, states.





The figures are worked on low disruption of three months, to medium disruption over six months and high disruption over 12 months of the flow of contraceptives into the country because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The report pointed out that unless self-injections are available, women using injectable contraceptives are at a high risk of falling pregnant due to supply disruptions, as they require regular injections.

“There also may be different impacts based whether women get access in the public or private sector. In Namibia, however, the public sector serves 75% of users while the remaining 25% get their [services] from the private sector,” the report added.



Bridging methods

The report suggested that it may be useful for women to find bridging methods or resupply, however, additional fees at medical facilities may prove an obstacle.

“Demand-side financing or public purchasing of services from the private sector are strategies that have been successful for improving equity in private sector family planning services. Other strategies for ensuring equity may include the use of mobile outreach or community health workers to bring services closer to clients who face restricted mobility or are experiencing declining household income,” the report said.



Stock available

“In May this year, logistics channels started opening again following disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, which negatively affected many countries around the world. By June, most contraceptives and other pharmaceuticals were delivered at the ministry's Central Medical Store (CMS),” health ministry executive director Nangombe said.

He said the following contraceptives were received in June and thereafter distributed to health facilities countrywide:

Nordette (tablet)

Triphasil (tablet)

Jadelle (implant)

Diane (tablet)

Norethisterone (Nur-Isterate) injection

Medroxyprogesterone (Depo Provera) injection

“Thus, most health facilities in the country have been supplied with contraceptive stock. The CMS has also issued purchase orders to replenish contraceptive stocks following the distribution of those received earlier.

“We aim to strengthen and ensure, a reliable supply of these critical health commodities. The ministry has therefore decided to procure more contraceptives through the United National Population Fund (UNFPA), using the pooled procurement mechanisms. Procuring through pooled procurement mechanisms has a triple benefit of cost-saving, value for money and reliable delivery times,” Nangombe added.





[email protected]

Similar News

 

Antipsychotic drugs back in stock

4 days ago - 23 September 2020 | Health

TUYEIMO HAIDULA OSHAKATI After being out of stock for six months, the country has finally received antipsychotic and antidepressant medication....

Breaking the stigma of dementia

4 days ago - 23 September 2020 | Health

ERWIN LEUSCHNERSWAKOPMUNDSwakopmund's Alzheimer Dementia Namibia (ADN) Centre is the only one of its kind in the country. Here around two dozen people are cared for...

Covid-19: Partying Namibians throw caution to the wind

5 days ago - 22 September 2020 | Health

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEKNamibians have thrown caution to the wind and are failing to adhere to regulations without being policed, after the Covid-19 state of emergency...

It was the best of times, it was the...

5 days ago - 22 September 2020 | Health

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it...

The simple act of moving

5 days ago - 22 September 2020 | Health

Henriette Lamprecht – Often mistaken for a silent disco or party, it encourages connection and joy through movement and music. Incorporating elements of meditation, yoga,...

It starts with a single step

5 days ago - 22 September 2020 | Health

Henriette Lamprecht – She left her footprints at many a hiking trail and routes locally and across the world. Collecting memories, slaying inner dragons and...

Making the unspeakable visible

5 days ago - 22 September 2020 | Health

Henriette Lamprecht – It can be in any shape or form. Whether it is drawing squiggles and lines, painting a picture or splashing paint on...

Just a simple technique

5 days ago - 22 September 2020 | Health

Henriette Lamprecht – It is not a religion, nor does it attempt to change people’s belief or lifestyle. Derived from the knowledge from the very...

Wacky, weird and healthy

5 days ago - 22 September 2020 | Health

Henriette Lamprecht – A lot of mysticism and folklore surrounds its origins and actual name, with many cultures such as African, Asian and European having...

What is your team searching for?

5 days ago - 22 September 2020 | Health

Leaders that understand they influence the way people search are far more effective than those unaware of this significant ability assigned to them. This skill...

Latest News

Government wage index increases in...

2 days ago - 25 September 2020 | Economics

PHILLEPUS UUSIKU The government wage index stood at 133.0 basis points during the second quarter of 2020, an increase of 0.9 percent, compared to an...

No English cucumbers will be...

2 days ago - 25 September 2020 | Economics

ELLANIE SMITNo English cucumbers will be imported into Namibia until further notice. This was announced to horticulture producers earlier this week by Namibia Agronomic Board...

Millennials thrive in learning organisations

2 days ago - 25 September 2020 | People

Chaze NalisaMillennials, those born between 1981 and 1996, are dynamic, with a wealth of potential to contribute to the transition, sustainability and growth of an...

Attitude is everything

2 days ago - 25 September 2020 | People

Mariselle StofbergWith his people relationships and excellent communication skills, Chris Matthee understands the importance of listening and communicating clearly and with the appropriate level of...

Attitude is everything

2 days ago - 25 September 2020 | Banking

Mariselle StofbergWith his people relationships and excellent communication skills, Chris Matthee understands the importance of listening and communicating clearly and with the appropriate level of...

Without a trace

2 days ago - 25 September 2020 | Crime

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEKAs the family of Shannon Darlikie Wasserfall battles to deal with the trauma of her disappearance - without a trace - nearly...

DBN seeks interim replacement for...

2 days ago - 25 September 2020 | Business

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEKThe Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) will find a temporary replacement for its senior manager for corporate communications Jerome Mutumba until his return from...

Economy loses nearly N$6bn in...

2 days ago - 25 September 2020 | Economics

Jo-Maré Duddy WINDHOEKAbout N$5.7 billion less flowed through the economy in the second quarter due to the lockdown and related Covid-19 measures...

DBN Innovation Award winner makes...

2 days ago - 25 September 2020 | Economics

PHILLEPUS UUSIKUWinner of the Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) 2019 Innovation Award, Pulsar Electronics, is making strides with a DBN enterprise development and support package...

Load More