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The COVID-19 pandemic has placed parts of the public health system, such as those targeted at women and children, at increased risk of reduced efficiency. This could reverse the progress achieved in reducing maternal and child mortality. This study attempts to assess the indirect effects of the pandemic on maternal and child health services in public health facilities. It has used data on MCH services being offered under Government programs in Uttar Pradesh, India. The study has revealed reduced coverage across all MCH interventions including institutional deliveries, antenatal care services and routine immunization services. The study concludes that the response of the public healthcare delivery system to the COVID -19 pandemic is negatively affecting both the provision and utilization of MCH services and suggests that better response strategies be put in place to minimize lag in service delivery. It is a useful resource for policy makers. Click here to read the analysis.