Difficult for Moroccan women to access health services during confinement

“Even before being born, children from families headed by women experience a situation of inequality of opportunity aggravated by the crisis,” said the HCP in a report published in collaboration with UN Women. This disparity in access to reproductive health care between these households is even more persistent in rural areas, indicated this gender study report on the impact of the pandemic on the economic, social and psychological situation of households.

In rural areas, households headed by men are much more likely to reach antenatal and postnatal care services, unlike households headed by women, at 69% compared to 37%. With regard to care given free of charge in public hospitals, the difference observed is probably linked to access costs including transport and others, the report pointed out, stressing that households governed by men often have the means that can afford their wives to access hospital units. The same goes for vaccination services where a difference of 17 percentage points, or 57% against 40% is noted.

As part of the partnership program between the HCP and UN-Women called “Women Count”, this report aims to promote an institutional environment favorable to the production, dissemination, use and strengthening of statistics sensitive to the gender and support their dissemination and accessibility to all users in Morocco.

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