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COVID-19 and the Pakhtun pregnant women

Farah Naz (Department of Government and Public Policy, National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan)

Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research

ISSN: 1759-6599

Article publication date: 11 March 2022

Issue publication date: 3 January 2023




This exploratory study aims to explore the Pakhtun pregnant women’s experiences/issues during the COVID-19 pandemic.


This research is based on interviews.


This research found that plummeting medical services pose not only serious health risks to the Pakhtun women in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) but expose them to social and cultural challenges resulting in severe mental health issues. This study also found that the policies adopted by the Government of Pakistan for tackling COVID-19 completely threw off track basic health services that both men and women require in times of health emergencies.


This paper is 100% original research based on an exploratory study.



The author is extremely grateful to Professor Salma Siddiqui, who read the entire manuscript and made very useful comments on the initial draft of this paper, which certainly improved the quality of the paper. The author is highly indebted to her. However, any errors or omissions are the sole responsibility of the author.


Naz, F. (2023), "COVID-19 and the Pakhtun pregnant women", Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, Vol. 15 No. 1, pp. 1-12.



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