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As UK withdraws from funding FP, Medical Women asks Nigerian government to take responsibility

The National President of the Medical Women Association of Nigeria under the Partnership for Advocacy in child and family health At Scale, Dr Minnie Oseji, has lamented the decision of United Kingdom Government to withdraw the annual £3 million into the basket fund for FP commodities of Nigeria. Dr Oseji, in a statement issued to […]

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Thought Leadership Series

We must bridge the funding gap for family planning in Nigeria’s 2021 budget

By Aloysius Ugwu and Gabriel Oke (Lead Writers) Jack Lew, former United States Secretary of the Treasury described a budget as ‘’not just a collection of numbers, but an expression of our values and aspirations’’. Unfortunately, Nigeria’s health budget has poorly reflected the values and aspirations of its citizens. Healthcare financing in Nigeria has so far […]

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Displaced but not forgotten: Organisations delivering family planning services to Abuja’s IDP camps

When you are displaced from your home, accessing family planning services is probably the last thing on your mind. You will be more concerned with providing security, food and shelter for your family. This is the condition of most displaced families in Nigeria who were forced out of their homes to take refuge in other […]

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How Tayi PHC in Niger is increasing FP services through community-focused advocacy

By Bashar Abubakar (Lead Writer) Habiba Aliyu, 20, gave birth to her first child in 2019 while preparing to begin her journey as a health worker. As a student at a health training institution in Niger State, Aliyu wants to become a Community Health Extension Worker (CHEW). ‘’All my life I wanted to be a […]

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Thought Leadership Series

The NURHI Project: 10 Years of Impact in Nigeria’s Family Planning Space

By Kenneth Ibe & Olubunmi Oyebanji (Lead Writers) The availability of family planning services, enables girls and women to make informed choices about birth spacing and their desired family size. It also contributes to improved sexual and reproductive health and the wellbeing of children, women, and families. Many sexually active women are still not empowered […]

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SRHR Torchlight Series

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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Health Thought Leadership Series

World Population Day 2019: Is Nigeria in trouble?

Thirty years ago, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) established World Population Day, an annual event observed on July 11 every year. The world’s population had hit just over five billion people two years earlier and to commemorate that, World Population Day aimed to raise awareness and to take action on various population issues, such […]

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SRHR Torchlight Series

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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SRHR Thought Leadership Series

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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MNCH Thought Leadership Series

How Community Leaders are Changing Maternal Health Outcomes in Northern Nigeria

Significant investment continues to be made to improve the health of women and children across Nigeria, especially in rural, disadvantaged locations. The necessity of investment is especially glaring in northern Nigeria, where maternal mortality rates are particularly high relative to the rest of the country. A deal of effort has been made to improve maternal […]

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Health Thought Leadership Series

Rethinking Family Planning: Takeaways from the 5th NFPC 2018

“If you fail to plan, plan to fail” – Benjamin Franklin Family planning allows communities to shape their futures and use resources effectively. This has spill over effects for the nation’s economy, productivity, and well-being. Today, a Nigerian woman has an average of 5.5 children in her lifetime compared with her counterpart in neighbouring Ghana […]

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Health Torchlight Series

The Joy Of Child Spacing While Giving Birth: One PHC’s Story

Rijiyar Lemu Model Primary Health Center (PHC) along Kano – Katsina road on the outskirts of Kano city centre is unlike many other PHCs in Nigeria. Although the building is somewhat rundown and could do with some renovation, the PHC is large enough to accommodate several offices and there is a moderate staff force. Besides […]

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Health Torchlight Series

Alapa: Why family planning is becoming a household name in Oyo State

The women who access family planning services at Okeolola Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC) in Oyo town, Oyo State have a local name for their preferred family planning method. It’s called “alapa” and refers to the implant family planning method. “Apa” translates to “arm” in Yoruba and because the implants are inserted in the arm, demand […]

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FG, NGOs deliberate over Gender in Family and Reproductive Health in Nigeria

The development Research and Project Center (dRPC), under the Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health @ Scale (PAS) project, in collaboration with the federal ministry of health and civil society organizations in Nigeria is organizing a one day high level meeting  to update states on the new Family Planning policies and policy revisions, as […]