By Janet Munyaka COVID-19 and efforts to contain the pandemic have come with several barriers to adolescent girls and young women with regards access to family planning and reproductive health services.
The restriction of movement caused by the COVID-19 induced lockdown nearly eroded the gains achieved in adolescent and youth sexual reproductive health issues.
However, health sector stakeholders have moved in to ensure that adolescents and young women have easy access to sexual reproductive health services during the lockdown.
In Chiredzi district, the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council rolled out a mobile family planning and reproductive health clinic for youths.
In Masvingo Urban, Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council’s clinic and community-based distributors were crucial in the provision of family planning and reproductive health services.
Women in Masvingo said it was very difficult to access family planning and reproductive health services during the first three phases of the national lockdown.
Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council through its Adolescent and Youth Sexual Reproductive Health programme runs twenty-six youth centres around the country with some of them offering free clinical services to young people below the age of twenty-four.