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Skyrocketing deaths of women, children reveal true impact of pandemic

Disruption caused by Covid in lower-income nations threatens years of health gains

James Paton

Disruption to health systems in lower-income nations during the pandemic has caused an increase in deaths among women and children that is more than double the toll from Covid-19, new research shows.

The estimates highlight a crisis that’s threatening years of hard-fought progress in improving the health of women and children, according to the Global Financing Facility, launched in 2015 by the World Bank, UN and others.

“Most of these countries on average were on an upward trajectory,” Monique  Vledder, head of the secretariat for the facility, said. “This is a huge step back and cannot be underestimated.”..

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