Nigeria

Nigeria remains a priority country for most of the international donors, including USAID and DFID, and has benefited from investments made by the Bill & Melinda Gates, David and Lucile Packard and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundations.

Family planning programs have been donor-dependent for years with the Government of Nigeria spending little to nothing on contraceptive procurements. In a promising development, last year the government committed US $3 million for family planning commodities with another US $3 million allocated for FY2012, and has just launched the Saving One Million Lives campaign. The Primary Health Care Free Maternal Health Package includes family planning services and commodities and the National Health Insurance Scheme recently revised its coverage to now include family planning commodities. The Ministry of Health hosted its first ever National Conference on Family Planning in 2010 with a follow-on conference in fall 2012.

At the London Summit on Family Planning, Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate, Hon. State Minister of Health, spoke of the importance of Nigeria realizing its demographic dividend potential (Read Nigeria's Announcement at the London Summit on Family Planning). To achieve Nigeria’s goal of a 36% contraceptive prevalence rate by 2018, the government of Nigeria committed an additional US $8,350,000 annually which totals US $33.4 million over the next four years for contraceptive procurement. Recently, the National Council on Health approved a recommendation from the Federal Minister of Health that allows community health extension workers (CHEWs) to provide injectable contraception and encourages the Nigeria state Ministries of Health to scale up this practice. Ongoing advocacy continues amongst a strong coalition of family planning champions who are members of the Reproductive Health Security Stakeholder Committee, the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) (supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), and the Family Planning Action Group (supported by Advance Family Planning and the Health Policy Project of the Futures Group International).

2011

Nigeria: We Need Awareness of Family Planning Methods

Source: AfriComNet

Professor Oladapo Alabi, OON, a medical doctor and professor of obstetrics and gynecology, heads the Association for Reproductive and Family Health, an indigenous non-governmental, apolitical organization created to serve the needy, especially those in the rural communities. In this interview with Winifred Ogbebo, he talks on the challenges of funding and problems associated with reproductive health issues.

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2011

Nigeria: Family Planning - US $10 Million Pact Signed with UN Population Fund

Source: AfriComNet

Nigeria has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations Population Fund for $3 million in counterpart funding to procure family planning commodities, ranging from condoms to contraceptive drugs and injections.  The commodities are estimated at $10.7 million, with the UNFPA making up the balance.

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2011

Nigeria: States to Pay for Condom Distribution

Source: AfriComNet

States are weighing options of paying for the distribution of free contraceptives to millions of users around the country weeks after the Federal Government started a policy to ensure families do not pay for the commodities.

Dr. Bose Adeniran, head of the Reproductive Health Division of the Federal Ministry of Health, said states needed to know how much they would need to take the commodities to the farthest local government areas.

Speaking at a meeting of reproductive health commodity security, organized by the ministry, UNFPA and USAID, Adeniran said family planning programs must go on along with immunization and distribution of government-supported artemisinin combination therapy.

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2011

Nigeria’s Population Too Large for Comfort -NPC

Source: AfriComNet

As Nigeria’s population hit 162 million in October 2011, the National Population Commission (NPC) said that the country’s population is too large for comfort.

To manage the rapidly growing population, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) stated that Nigeria and other donor organizations had made available US $42 million to procure family planning commodities.

The NPC Chairman, Chief Samuila Danko Makama, addressing the press in commemoration of the 2011 World Population Day, said that a look at the country’s  population data with a growth rate of 3.2 %  created some fear of the consequences of rapid population increase.

Noting that huge inequality in the living standards of people still persisted, the NPC boss said daunting challenges lie ahead as this placed responsibilities on governments, the civil society and individuals.

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2011

September 2011 Population Issue

Source: West Africa Insight

This edition explores the dynamics of population increase across the region with a view of how this would shape the region in the coming years. 

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2011

Population Control a Must for Peace and Prosperity

Source: AfriComNet

Health experts believe that without a manageable population, it is almost impossible to make Pakistan a land of peace and prosperity. Rapid population growth rate in Pakistan is resulting in shortage of educational facilities, health services, food, living space, arable land, clean water, housing units and fossil fuels, with all the associated problems those shortages create. .

The population of Pakistan was 33 million in 1950 and its rank was 14th in the world. Today, it has reached around 177 million making Pakistan 6th most populous country of the world, after China, India, USA, Indonesia, Brazil while surpassed by Japan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, South Korea and Russia .

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Nigeria Advocacy Priorities

In Nigeria, Advance Family Planning will work with the government and other advocates to build on the Nigerian government’s commitment made at the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning. Priorities for advocacy include: (1) increasing budget support and promoting a more supportive policy environment; (2) improving regulations to support implementation of already favorable policies; (3) more policy and budget support at the state and local levels; (4) increasing knowledge of and demand for contraceptive services and supplies; (5) addressing religious and cultural barriers, especially in the northern states; and (6) increasing access to a full range of contraceptive methods.

AFP Resources
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2015

AFP and PMA2020 Joint Policy Brief: Expanding Access to Long-Acting Contraceptives in Lagos State Through Quality Counseling and Services

Other Resources
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2013

NURHI Impact Report

This brief describes NURHI's impact in working to: 1) strengthening family planning service delivery in private and public sector health services;...
Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative
2013

Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey 2013

The 2013 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) provides information on fertility levels, marriage, fertility preference, awareness and use of...
National Population Commission
2013

Realizing the Demographic Dividend for Africa (Eng/Fr)

6th Joint Annual Meetings of the AU Conference of Ministers of Economy and Finance and ECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and...
UN Economic Commission for Africa, African Union Commission, National Transfer Accounts
2013

Measurement, Learning and Evaluation of the Urban Reproductive Health Initiative: Nigeria 2012 Midterm Survey

This report presents the findings from an analysis of the midterm survey results from urban samples from four cities in Nigeria. 
Measurement, Learning and Evaluation Project
2012

Nigeria: Over 75 Percent of Kwara Women Shun Family Planning

The Baseline Household Survey conducted by the Nigeria Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) has revealed that more than 75% of women in Kwara...
AfriComNet
2011

Hope for Health in Nigeria

As the most populous country in Africa (one in four Africans live in Nigeria), providing universal health care is no easy task. But even allowing for...
The Lancet
2011

The Demographic Dividend and its Prospects in Africa

Presentation made by Adedoyin Soyibo, Professor of Economics, Director Emeritus; Health Policy Training and Research Programme, Department of...
Health Policy Training and Research Programme Department of Economics, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Other Resources
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2014

TASK-SHIFTING AND TASK-SHARING POLICY FOR ESSENTIAL HEALTH CARE SERVICES IN NIGERIA

The development of this National Task Shifting and Sharing Policy is a major leap towards the scaling up of access to effective and evidence-based...
Federal Ministry of Health

Dr. Farouk M Jega

Country Representative, Pathfinder International Nigeria

Dr. Farouk M Jega is the project lead and responsible for donor relations and leading advocacy and engagement with higher level government partners and stakeholders. Farouk is an obstetrician/ gynecologist physician with over six years of leadership experience in managing complex reproductive health programs. Farouk is an active member of the National Reproductive Health Technical Working Group and the Nigeria Independent Accountability Mechanism.

Dr. Habeeb Salami

Program Manager Reproductive Health, Pathfinder International Nigeria

Dr. Habeeb Salami is responsible for overall project management and oversight. Habeeb will lead the monitoring and supervision of the project. Habeeb is a medical doctor with specialization in obstetrics and gynecology. He has a Masters of Public Health and more than six years of experience in public health project management, with a focus on monitoring and evaluation. Habeeb also serves on various government committees to improve contraceptive commodity security in the country.

Dr. Fatima Tumsah

Project Officer, Pathfinder International Nigeria

Fatima Tumsah is responsible for project implementation, including work planning, budgeting, monitoring, and supervision. Fatima is the main liaison between the various state government agencies and civil society stakeholders. She will organize advocacy strategy facilitations with each advocacy working group in the project focus states and provide technical assistance and monitoring of implementation. She is a medical doctor with a Master of Science in with a research focus on reproductive and sexual health.


 

 

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