Provider bias in the provision of contraceptives to adolescent and young adult women in South West Nigeria may affect quality of care and method choice. Interventions to reduce provider bias should go beyond technical training to address the underlying sociocultural beliefs that lead providers to impose restrictions that are not based on evidence.
According to a BBC analysis of Google searches, global online searches for medical abortion pills have more than doubled over the last decade. The findings also suggest that in countries where abortion laws are more restrictive, there is greater search interest in abortion pills. Indeed, the study found that countries with the most restrictive abortion laws have over 10 times higher search interest in obtaining misoprostol than countries with no restrictions. Ghana and Nigeria are … Continued
To improve reproductive healthcare in the country, the Network of Reproductive Health Journalists of Nigeria, a non-governmental organisation, has called on government at all levels to increase its investment. The demand came after a strategic meeting and training workshop of the Network for its members who are campaigning for sexual and reproductive health and rights policies. According to a communique issued at the end of the meeting and jointly signed by the President and Secretary … Continued
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 northern Nigerian state of Borno, displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency, have embraced the birth control pill campaign launched by the International Rescue Committee in the Bakassi camp. Rachel Sunday Okoye, one of the midwives … Continued
“‘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.”
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.