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Building resilience and strengthening the movement
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Nepali women's sexual and reproductive health severely, causing a reduction in health service delivery. A study conducted by Tarangini with support from Open Society Foundations showed that the lack of sanitary facilities and essential medicines at health posts during the pandemic, along with the decrease in maternal vaccines and postpartum services, has affected women the most. The study also found that over 23% of women and girls lacked information on their reproductive and sexual health needs. The situation in Nepal was already difficult, with high levels of maternal mortality and high rates of unplanned pregnancies and unmet need for family planning, especially among girls in the age group of 15-24. Tarangini Foundation believes in empowering women to cope and make a difference, and is advocating for the proper facilitation of SRHR services in the future.