Factors influencing access around contraception and abortion services during the COVID-19 pandemic in Iran, Bangladesh and the Netherlands

Posted by Charlotte van Tuijl on April 23, 2021 at 11:50 am



The COVID-19 situation left noteworthy numbers of women of reproductive age 15 49 with reduced access to contraception and abortion services. This mixed-method research analyzed and
compared the differences in accessibility in family planning/contraceptive methods and abortion services in three countries, namely Iran, Bangladesh and the Netherlands as experienced by
service users and service providers. The study highlights the measures that are taken to improve access and the recommendations on how to continue access to care in future crises as mentioned by both types of respondents, connecting the study findings advocating for better SRHR policy and practices.

Goal and objectives

To assess the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on access to contraception or safe abortion services for women of reproductive age in Iran, Bangladesh and the Netherlands.

The specific objectives included:

  1. To identify barriers and challenges faced by healthcare workers on providing contraception and safe abortion services
  2. To identify barriers and challenges faced by women of reproductive age on accessing contraception and safe abortion services
  3. To identify changes in the choice of contraception methods by women of reproductive age

Full report and video

Read the full report, including the results and recommendations of this study here: Final report Contraception and Abortion


This study was carried out by independent consultants from the Netherlands, Bangladesh and Iran as part of the international Community of Practice on COVID-19, SRHR and Gender Equality. This study was funded by Share-Net International.


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