Civil society organizations (CSOs) called for adequate funding and prioritization of family planning in Nigeria.
CSOs also called for investing in adolescent health to promote quality reproductive health among the country’s youth population.
Speaking at the inaugural champions and advocacy meeting in Abuja, the chairman of the management committee, Dr Ejike Orji observed that investing in family planning (FP) is key to national development and urged the government to support family health in Nigeria in commemoration of World Contraception Day (WCD).
Orji noted that family planning is the most important tool to deliberately plan for the future, if the country is to have a prosperous future, adding that the Nigerian government is committed to a modern contraceptive prevalence of 27% by 2020. ; but to date the rate is only 12 percent.
According to him, one of the main reasons for not achieving this national goal is insufficient funding for FP, and year after year, the federal and state governments allocate funds in annual budgets for the purchase of contraceptives; logistics; training of providers; and for the transfer and sharing of tasks of service providers.
He said: “We believe that access to modern contraceptives gives families a chance to practice healthy synchronization between births; reduces the risk to the mother; contributes to the survival of living children and the health of the nation. Birth spacing will increase the economic participation of women / mothers in life, the child survives.
Orji noted that the National Family Planning Master Plan 2020-2024 of the Department of Family Health of the Federal Ministry outlines the government’s commitments, goals and vision for modern FP service delivery in line with the government’s FP 2030 program.
He said: “CSOs are happy to take note of recent government activities such as the launch of the National Family Planning Master Plan (2020-24), the launch of the multi-stakeholder coordination platform RMNCAEH + N and the re-engagement process. FP2030 to support the coordination and effective delivery of family planning. In order to increase access to accurate information on FP commodities and increase awareness of the benefits of modern family methods, stakeholder collaboration is needed for Nigeria. In Nigeria, World Contraception Day 2021 comes at a time when the federal government of Nigeria and many state governments have signaled their commitment to increasing the delivery of modern family planning services to women and men of childbearing age. procreate in the country.
Orji said that with increased funding at all levels, prompt release and responsible use of these funds, Nigeria will begin to reap the demographic dividends.
“As CSO in Nigeria, we are committed to improving the health of children and families in Nigeria. Today, with one voice, we call on the government of Nigeria to prioritize family planning in its agenda to reap the demographic dividends and release the 2021 budget allocation for family planning while implementing the same Results-based management approaches used in COVID-19 fight family planning programs in Nigeria.