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Maternal, Sexual and Reproductive Health in Marginalised Areas: Renewing Community Involvement Strategies beyond the Worst of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Unit of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Department of Primary Health Care Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Zimbabwe, Harare P.O. Box MP167, Zimbabwe
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ICAP at Columbia University, Harare P.O. Box MP167, Zimbabwe
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Unit of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Zimbabwe, Harare P.O. Box MP167, Zimbabwe
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Chemical Pathology Unit, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Zimbabwe, Harare P.O. Box MP167, Zimbabwe
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Department of Health Sciences, Africa University, Mutare P.O. Box 1320, Zimbabwe
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Department of Health Studies, University of South Africa, Pretoria 0002, South Africa
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School of Health Systems & Public Health, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0002, South Africa
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Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(6), 3431; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19063431
Received: 19 February 2022 / Revised: 5 March 2022 / Accepted: 13 March 2022 / Published: 14 March 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic and resultant lockdowns have brought unprecedented challenges for Maternal, Sexual and Reproductive Health (MSRH) services. Components of MSRH services adversely affected include antenatal, postnatal, and newborn care; provision of family planning and post-abortion care services; sexual and gender-based violence care and prevention; and care and treatment for sexually transmitted infections including HIV. Resuscitating, remodeling or inventing interventions to restore or maintain these essential services at the community level, as a gateway to higher care, is critical to mitigating short and long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on essential MSRH. We propose a possible framework for community involvement and propose integrating key information, education, and communication of MSRH messages within COVID-19 messages. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; pandemic; family planning; antenatal care; postnatal care; sexually transmitted infections; sexual and gender-based violence COVID-19; pandemic; family planning; antenatal care; postnatal care; sexually transmitted infections; sexual and gender-based violence
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Murewanhema, G.; Musuka, G.; Gwanzura, C.; Makurumidze, R.; Chitungo, I.; Chimene, M.; Tungwarara, N.; Dzinamarira, T.; Madziyire, M.G. Maternal, Sexual and Reproductive Health in Marginalised Areas: Renewing Community Involvement Strategies beyond the Worst of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 3431. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19063431

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Murewanhema G, Musuka G, Gwanzura C, Makurumidze R, Chitungo I, Chimene M, Tungwarara N, Dzinamarira T, Madziyire MG. Maternal, Sexual and Reproductive Health in Marginalised Areas: Renewing Community Involvement Strategies beyond the Worst of the COVID-19 Pandemic. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(6):3431. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19063431

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Murewanhema, Grant, Godfrey Musuka, Chipo Gwanzura, Richard Makurumidze, Itai Chitungo, Munashe Chimene, Nigel Tungwarara, Tafadzwa Dzinamarira, and Mugove G. Madziyire. 2022. "Maternal, Sexual and Reproductive Health in Marginalised Areas: Renewing Community Involvement Strategies beyond the Worst of the COVID-19 Pandemic" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 6: 3431. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19063431

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