Early estimates of the indirect effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on maternal and child mortality in low-income and middle-income countries

a modelling study

Authored by: Timothy Roberton, Emily D. Carter, Victoria B. Chou, et al.

Categories: Global Public Health
Sub-Categories: COVID-19, Human Development, Sexual and Reproductive Health
Year: 2020
Citation: Roberton, Timothy, et al. “Early Estimates of the Indirect Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Maternal and Child Mortality in Low-Income and Middle-Income Countries: a Modelling Study.” The Lancet, May 2020.

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Executive Summary

While the COVID-19 pandemic will increase mortality due to the virus, it is also likely to increase mortality indirectly. In this study, the authors estimate the additional maternal and under-5 child deaths resulting from the potential disruption of health systems and decreased access to food.