The analysis reveals that the main reason for the decline in family planning is the COVID-19 restrictions.
The nationwide strike by health care providers due to lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in July 2020 also impacted the uptake of family planning services last year.
In addition, the health workers did not consider family planning services as an essential service during the lockdown period.
The most significant drop in access to services was noted in Quthing with a 40percent decline in family planning visits from March to July 2020 as compared to 2019.
Overall, the districts where the services were poor before the lockdown saw the greatest drop as a result of the lockdown measures.
Reduction of the unmet need for family planning is high on UNFPA’s agenda.
In Lesotho, the UNFPA supports the government in efforts to reduce the unmet need for family planning which is currently estimated at 18percent.
Access to and use of contraception is an important strategy to reduce maternal mortality in the country.
The UNFPA Representative to Lesotho Dr Marc Derveeuw emphasised that access to family planning is a fundamental right. He has reiterated that family planning is at the heart of UNFPA’s mandate and transformative results in Lesotho which are especially ending preventable maternal deaths, ending unmet need for family planning.