About 47 million women in low and middle-income countries may be unable to use modern contraceptives due to lockdown-related disruption over six months, according to data released by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and partners.
This could lead to 7 million unintended pregnancies amid the coronavirus pandemic, the data showed.
There also will be 31 million additional cases of gender-based violence during the same period, with a further 15 million more cases expected for every three months the lockdowns continue.
“This new data shows the catastrophic impact that COVID-19 could soon have on women and girls globally,” UNFPA Executive Director Natalia Kanem said on Tuesday.
Globally, around 450 million women across 114 low and middle-income countries use contraceptives, the study said.