A ground-breaking international report released on Monday revealed that modern methods of contraception have prevented over two million unintended pregnancies and 735,000 unsafe abortions between July 2017 and July 2018 in Nigeria.
The report also revealed that there are over 1.7 million additional users of modern contraception in Nigeria since 2012, as the government works to expand family planning services.
The report entitled FP2020, shows that in Nigeria, domestic government spending on family planning was $8.5 million (2016), compared to $19 million in Kenya and $8.1 million in Burkina Faso.
It stated that among women aged 15 to 49, an estimated 13.8 per cent or 6.2 million are using a modern method of contraception in 2018, an increase of 1,713,000 since 2012. Also, the rate of modern contraceptive use among married women has increased to 12.2 per cent.
As a result of modern contraceptive use between July 2017 and July 2018, the report revealed that 2,060,000 unintended pregnancies were prevented, 735,000 unsafe abortions were averted and 12,000 maternal deaths were averted.
Globally, the number of women and girls using a modern method of contraception in the world’s 69 poorest countries had grown to more than 317 million, as of July 2018. This is 46 million more users than in 2012 (the year FP2020 was launched), an increase that is around 30 per cent greater than the historic trend.
Executive Director of Family Planning 2020, Beth Schlachter, said, “Rights-based family planning is a catalyst that unlocks the potential of girls and women in Nigeria and around the world. Our goal is to ensure that each one is able to exercise her basic rights to self-determination, health, dignity, and equality. This is a core strategy for countries to improve the health and well-being of their citizens and economy.
“Women represent half the global population, and there can be no healthy population globally or in Nigeria without reproductive health care. As we continue to build the framework for Universal Health Coverage (UHC), we must ensure access to full, free, voluntary contraception is included for all women and girls. As countries build UHC strategies, rights-based family planning services must be integrated within primary health care systems.”
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