Family planning services championed in Northern Nigeria despite gag rule

  The “global gag rule” which denies women contraception and family planning counselling may have met its match in Nigeria’s northern region where women are proactively avoiding unwanted pregnancies with contraceptive pills dispensed by a major charity. Women in the … Continued

Two case studies from a GIWYN policy brief on implementation of reproductive health policies and laws in the Nigerian National Health Policy

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“‘Sometimes I feel like killing myself, I feel I should not have listened to my parents because I feel, I am useless.’ Adeola is a fifteen years old girl who was gang-raped during an armed robbery incident in her house. She became pregnant.”

Implementation of Reproductive Health Policies and Laws in the Nigerian National Health Policy: A Policy Brief, 15 April 2016

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According to 2006 census, out of 140 million people in Nigeria, more than 69 million were women. More than half of these women live in the rural communities and are ignorant of their reproductive rights. As a result, they have their health at a very high risk due to inaccessibility of reproductive health information and services. Still, Nigeria is yet to reform restrictive domestic laws and policies that place women’s and girls’ health and lives at risk and prevent them from exercising their reproductive rights – to which the Nigerian government has promised under international laws.

Myths and misinformation: an analysis of text messages sent to a sexual and reproductive health Q&A service in Nigeria

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Among the almost 50 million young people aged 10–24 in Nigeria more than one in three 18-year-old women has already had a child or is pregnant. Approximately 1.6 million Nigerian women aged 15–24, more than three quarters of whom are married, are estimated to have an unmet need for contraception. Less than 8% of married women in this age group are using contraception, compared to 63% of sexually active unmarried women.The potential contribution of mobile phone-based platforms for reaching young people with sexual and reproductive health information and services is not yet well understood. In this article, we describe one such application underway in Nigeria.

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