Covid-19 threatens global condom shortage with ‘devastating’ consequences

Karex had to close its factories in Malaysia due to the government enforced Movement Control Order (MCO) that only allows producers of essential items to operate. Source (pic): The Edge Markets

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#TTFCovid19: Malaysian contraceptive giant Karex, maker of one in every five condoms globally, said a global condom shortage is looming as the Covid-19 pandemic shutters factories and disrupts supply chains.

According to a news report, its Chief Executive Officer, Goh Miah Kiat. warned that supplies of contraceptives will be hit hard due to difficulties in getting condoms into the market.

The United Nations has sounded the alarm – its sexual and reproductive health agency warned that it can currently only get about 50 to 60 per cent of its usual condom supplies due to Coronavirus-related disruptions.

“A shortage of condoms, or any contraceptive, could lead to an increase in unintended pregnancies, with potentially devastating health and social consequences for adolescent girls, women and their partners and families,” its spokesperson said.


PETALING JAYA: Malaysian contraceptive giant Karex, maker of one in every five condoms globally, said a global condom shortage is looming as the Covid-19 pandemic shutters factories and disrupts supply chains.

According to a news report, its Chief Executive Officer, Goh Miah Kiat. warned that supplies of contraceptives will be hit hard due to difficulties in getting condoms into the market.




“The world will definitely see a condom shortage,” Goh told AFP.

“It’s challenging, but we are trying our best right now to do whatever we can. It is definitely a major concern – condom is an essential medical device.

“While we are fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, there are also other serious issues that we need to look at,” he reportedly said.

The United Nations has sounded the alarm – its sexual and reproductive health agency warned that it can currently only get about 50 to 60 per cent of its usual condom supplies due to Coronavirus-related disruptions.

Its spokesperson said a key concern was the ability to ship condoms where they were needed quickly enough.

“A shortage of condoms, or any contraceptive, could lead to an increase in unintended pregnancies, with potentially devastating health and social consequences for adolescent girls, women and their partners and families,” the spokesperson said.

The agency also warned of a rise in unsafe abortions and an increased risk of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.

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Karex had to close its factories in Malaysia due to the government enforced Movement Control Order (MCO) that only allows producers of essential items to operate.

The company has since been allowed to resume operations but is seeking permission to ramp up production as it is currently operating with only 50 per cent of its usual workforce.

Meanwhile,Goh said Karex had witnessed a growth in demand as people worldwide are confined to their homes.

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