Civil society organizations (CSOs) called for adequate funding and prioritization of family planning in Nigeria.
CSOs have also sought to invest more in adolescent health to promote quality reproductive health among young people.
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 is the key to national development, imploring the government to support family health in commemoration of World Contraception Day (CWY).
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 although the government has committed to 27% modern contraceptive prevalence by 2020 ; but to date the rate is only 12 percent.
According to him, one of the main reasons why the national target is not met is the insufficient funding for family planning, despite the fact that the federal and state governments allocate, year after year, funds in the family planning. annual budgets for contraceptive procurement, logistics and training, among others.
He said, “We believe that access to modern contraceptives gives families a chance to practice healthy timing between births, reduces risk to the mother, contributes to the survival of living children and the health of the nation. Birth spacing will increase women’s economic participation, improve mothers’ lives and improve child survival.
Orji noted that the National Family Planning Master Plan 2020-2024 of the Department of Family Health of the federal ministry sets out the government’s commitments, goals and vision for the delivery of modern family planning services, in line with the family planning program. 2030 government.