More than 5,600 Planned Parenthood clinics across 64 countries have shut down indefinitely due to the financial strain caused by the coronavirus pandemic, according to the International Planned Parenthood Federation.
The 5,633 closed static and mobile clinics, including community-based care outlets, make up 14% of the total services rendered by IPPF members in 2018.
The survey revealed that Planned Parenthood-affiliated clinics in South Asia have seen the largest number of closures with more than 1,872, while the Africa region has seen the largest number of mobile clinics closed, at 477.
Countries severely affected by COVID-19 include Pakistan, El Salvador, Zambia, Sudan, Colombia, Malaysia, Uganda, Ghana, Germany, Zimbabwe, and Sri Lanka.
Dozens of IPPF clinics have had to cut sexual and reproductive healthcare services while many members are struggling to retain and retrieve supplies, including contraceptives and HIV-related medicines.