“Accessing condoms and other contraceptives is quite difficult for [people living with disabilities] because there is a huge communication barrier. They do not understand sign language. This puts us at risk of contracting HIV, other STIs and unplanned pregnancies.”
The world is gearing up its response to the rapidly spreading new coronavirus, SARS-Cov-2. But as it does so, access to sexual and reproductive health services and care are being severely curtailed, write Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organization Director for Africa, and Dr. Julitta Onabanjo, UNFPA Regional Director for East and Southern Africa.
Today, we witness the COVID-19 pandemic uniting the world in ways that were unimaginable just a few weeks ago. In the face of potentially staggering mortality rates, many governments have made clear their conviction that people’s lives matter, first and foremost.