Four million Nigerian women interested in family planning lack access to basic commodities
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Nigeria’s national representative, Ulla Mueller, says the country has 15.1 percent unmet need for family planning.
Ms. Mueller revealed it in Abuja at the NAN Forum, the Nigeria News Agency’s (NAN) flagship interview program.
According to her, 15.1% of Nigerian women and girls who wish to access family planning services are denied such access.
“We have an unmet need in Nigeria which is 15.1%. Essentially, this means that 15.1% of women between 15 and 40 want access to contraception, but are denied access.
“In numbers, that’s about four million women who want it now while you and I are sitting, want to access contraception and don’t have it,” she said.
Ms. Mueller said UNFPA should work more in partnership with development partners to ensure commodity security.
According to her, a national basket of basic commodities is supported by UNFPA with an emphasis on availability.
She added that the focus is on making sure the supply chain is functioning using short or long term methods.
“This is one of the most critical things that must be available for women.
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“So if they access the services, they can actually get the method they want. We are also working to build the capacity of health workers, ”she said.
She also said that Nigeria’s Modern Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (MCPR) and Traditional Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (TCPR), which stood at 12% and 17%, respectively, were very low and a major concern for the country. ‘UNFPA.
Ms. Mueller, who called for advocacy for greater access by women to the basket of family planning commodities, however, praised many states for their access.
“We also have more and more states now using the basket. so I think some of the accomplishments are really the engagement of the FP 20.
“It’s really about accessibility, availability and informing women that they have the right to choose,” she said.
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