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Nigeria’s 10% contraceptive use lowest globally- report

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A recent Report by the Bill and Mellinda Gates Foundation, BMGF, has showed that despite significant investments in contraceptives in the last decade, Nigeria’s contraceptive prevalence rate for modern family planning methods still stand at a lowly 10%.

The publication revealed that unless something is done urgently, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo would produce about 40% of the world’s poorest people by 2050.

According to the report, improving access to and quality of family planning services has long been one of the most cost-effective interventions to address both maternal and child mortality.

Nigeria recently committed to significantly increase funding for contraceptive commodities at the London FP2020 Summit.

It said that although Nigeria is technically committed to increasing funding for contraceptive commodities funding gaps still exist as most states in the country are yet to prioritize family planning, and few have made budgetary provisions for this important service.

Challenges such as out of stock of important commodities still persist in many health centres and this is further compounding 21% of an unmet need of women for contraceptive services.

As way of ameliorating the challenges many State Ministries of Health have developed costing implementation plans for family planning, and a few have identified funding for implementation of such plans.

Other identified challenges to family planning discovered apart from stock out of commodities, is that of provider bias is another reason why women (especially young women) don’t have access to a full range of family planning options.

Many providers erroneously believe that certain contraceptive methods are not suited for young people. This erroneous belief needs to be addressed through constant retraining of health workers, the research revealed.

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