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The main aim of this project was to identify the barriers, challenges, and experiences faced by women of reproductive age and service providers working in contraception and abortion care in Iran, Bangladesh, and the Netherlands during the COVID-19 pandemic. The knowledge products include a detailed project report, an advocacy video, a policy brief, and local bulletins. These knowledge products are intended to educate women on contraception and abortion care, to highlight existing barriers and challenges in accessing contraception and safe abortion services, and to provide recommendations that can be applied to the three different country contexts. A mixed-methods approach was chosen to enable data triangulation. The qualitative study was used to support and elaborate on the findings of the quantitative study.

Knowledge product details

  • Covid-19 Grants

  • 2020

  • Bangladesh

  • Iran

  • Netherlands

  • Abortion

  • Contraception

  • COVID-19

  • Share-Net Bangladesh

  • Share-Net International

  • Share-Net Netherlands

  • English

  • Infographic

  • Research

  • Research Report

  • Video

KP creators involved

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The final report of the mixed-method research project assesses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on access to contraception and safe abortion services for women of reproductive age in Iran, Bangladesh, and the Netherlands. This knowledge product aims to inform relevant stakeholders about improving access to contraception and safe abortion during crises.

The report covers the process, findings, recommendations, and the identified factors influencing access to contraception and abortion services during the COVID-19 pandemic in the three countries studied.


Recommendations to improve access to contraceptives and legal abortion services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Factors influencing access to Contraception and Menstrual Regulation (MR) Service during the COVID-19 pandemic in Barishal, Cox’s Bazar, Cumilla and Dhaka.

KP creators involved

The Dutch Working Party on International Safe Motherhood & Reproductive Health

The Working Party on International Safe Motherhood & Reproductive Health (ISM&RH) focuses on women’s health in low and middle-income countries and non-Western immigrants in the Netherlands. The working party aims to improve maternal and women’s health in low-income countries by starting twinning projects with local organisations and people. These projects lead to improved knowledge and skills of local and Dutch Healthcare workers. Scientific research is supported by improving networks and providing scientific knowledge and experience.

University of Sistan and Baluchestan

The mission of the University of Sistan and Baluchestan is to train students in knowledge, sciences, and technology who can best serve their communities, to develop leaders who will confront world’s today problems, and to breed people and citizens who will live peacefully in a world full of dynamic and diverse cultures.

The Universitair Medisch Centrum Utrecht – Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care 

The Global Health activities of UMC Utrecht aim to promote health and health equity worldwide.

They do this through research and education on six themes:

– Cardiovascular disease

-Obstetrics, Gynecology and Pediatrics

-Infectious Diseases


-Ethics and Justice in Global Health Research

-Planetary health and exposome research

The research and education of UMC Utrecht Global Health takes place worldwide with projects in:

-sub-Saharan Africa, including Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Nigeria, Uganda

-South America and the Caribbean, including Suriname, Netherlands Antilles, Argentina

-Asia, including Indonesia, Bangladesh, Cambodia

In all projects they work with local partners. Research capacity strengthening is an important pillar to this work.

Speak & Act

The aim of this movement is to act boldly to transform the surroundings and thoughts of the opposition.

KIT Royal Tropical Institute

Based at a national heritage site in Amsterdam, KIT Royal Tropical Institute is an independent centre of expertise, education and hospitality dedicated to sustainable development.

Marie Stopes Bangladesh

Marie Stopes Bangladesh is a leading network of caring professionals delivering sexual and reproductive health services. In Bangladesh, they deliver services through approximately 300 service delivery outlets, including 50 static centres, outreach teams accessing hard-to-reach and under-served communities, public sector strengthening, and social marketing channels all over 64 districts of Bangladesh.