West African Ebola Recovery, Health Systems Strengthening Must Include Reproductive Health Care

Huffington Post: Ebola and Pregnant Women: A Tragedy to Be Addressed in Recovery Plans
Anika Rahman, human rights lawyer

“…Pregnant women infected with Ebola face a perilous situation. A study of a 1995 Ebola outbreak in the Congo indicated that almost all infected pregnant women died from the virus. … Furthermore, pregnant women with Ebola are actually being turned away from care for fear of contamination. … Global recovery efforts should focus on rebuilding health systems that address the needs of women. Health centers should integrate women’s reproductive health care. … To emerge from this darkness, we must ensure that long-term recovery plans recognize the needs of women and include reproductive health care” (1/7).

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