The impact of Covid-19 on the maternal, newborn and child health and nutrition services

Impact in Europe and Central Asia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia

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Overall, changes in mortality in the ECA region due to service disruption have been mild. Data suggests that swift action to restore services was effective and able to limit any negative and unintended consequences of the global pandemic. One key element, related to disruptions in service, has been the degree to which healthcare workers were affected by this pandemic. Importantly, guidance at the global, regional and national levels was critical to ensure that stakeholders are engaged and action is coordinated. At the same time, plans of action are dependent upon the country context factoring in health system. 

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