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IntegratE; Breaking down barriers in the uptake of family planning services in Kaduna State

“I don’t want to be pregnant at this age. I want to continue my education’’. Says 17-year-old Precious Haruna as she comes out of a patent medicine store in her Karatudu community in Chikum Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State. Precious has come for a counselling session about the injectable contraceptive method she is […]

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Reshaping Nigeria’s Family Planning Narrative to meet FP2020 Goals

Young people in Nigeria know more than we think they do about reproductive health. Take for instance, some teens who shared during a focus group discussion in Abuja how they obtained varying levels of information about sex and contraceptives from their peers. Yet, we continue to assume they know nothing and deny them access to […]

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Let’s talk about sex: What do Nigerian adolescents know about sexual reproductive health?

Editor’s Note: Nigeria Health Watch in collaboration with Education As A Vaccine (EVA) recently conducted two Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) in Nyanya and Kuje areas of the Federal Capital Territory, amongst adolescent. The objectives of the FGD was to gauge the perceptions of adolescents about sexual and reproductive health, identify the key issues they face […]

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Na we dey shake ground: Kuje’s youth run, youth-friendly clinic

Young people make up a significant proportion of Nigeria’s growing population and this demographic dividend could benefit the Nigerian economy if the potential of this young population is harnessed. They also hold the key to Nigeria’s development, but for this to happen, investment in their sexual health must be intentional. This is referred to as […]

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Antibiotic Misuse: A gap in the sexual health knowledge of Nigerian Youth  

Editor’s Note: This week’s Thought Leadership piece comes from Nigeria Health Watch’s Production Coordinator McHenry Igwe. He writes about a growing practice amongst young sexually active people in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), using antibiotics as a form of contraception, the debilitating side-effects of this practice and how this is a symptom of a much […]

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Patient-Centred Policy revives Family Planning uptake in Lagos State

Three years ago, Olubunmi Taiwo, then a mother of three girls, had an unplanned pregnancy. Though she was desperate to have a son, it was not the right time to get pregnant, so she terminated the pregnancy. “I cried because I was not ready for the baby; it was painful. The day I aborted, I […]

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How perceived side effects of contraceptives hampers family planning in Nigeria

Editor’s Note: This week’s blog comes from Nigeria Health Watch team member Dara Ajala-Damisa. She writes about choosing a family planning method as a young newly married woman. She delves into how the perceptions of negative side effects can affect contraceptive use in Nigeria and the need to increase the public’s knowledge about the importance […]

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Generation Next: Nigeria is failing young people’s need for sexual health services

Editor’s Note: This week’s Thought Leadership blog comes from Precious Ereka, a Youth Service Corps Member serving at Nigeria Health Watch. She writes about the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases in young Nigerians and the importance of sexual health education for not only young people, but also for the health workers who are meant to […]

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#ArewaMeToo and the Centre Giving Sexual Abuse Survivors a Voice in Niger State

Mary (not her real name) is an 11-year-old girl preparing for her Common Entrance Examination. She is a kind, cheerful and brilliant girl according to her father, a 63-year-old pensioner. Mary lives with her parents and siblings in one of the densely populated neighbourhoods in the central area of Minna, the capital of Niger State. […]