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.
In March 2016, the Tanzania Women Lawyers Association (TAWLA) called on health stakeholders, including journalists, to disseminate information on reproductive health rights and unsafe abortion in order to save women’s lives in the country.