“Insufficient funding and non-domestication of policies hamper the goal of family planning” | The Guardian Nigeria News
Low budget allocations and the refusal of many state governments to adapt existing policies are disrupting the adoption of family planning in Nigeria, said Pathfinder International, a non-governmental organization.
The federal government, in collaboration with partners and private sector stakeholders, committed in 2012 to achieve a modern contraceptive prevalence rate (PMCT) of 27% in Nigeria among all women by 2020.
But FP target indicators by 2020 showed that Nigeria had only reached 12% of the MCRT, forcing the timeline to be shifted to 2030.
Speaking on the sidelines of a three-day workshop for journalists on increasing media advocacy for FP in Lafia, Pathfinder International program coordinator Hauwa Usman observed that Nigeria was not doing enough to ensure the achievement of its 2020 family planning goal.
The workshop aimed to build the capacity of journalists in digital journalism, in order to improve advocacy for advanced family planning (AFP)
She regretted that the government did not honor its annual matching funding commitment of $ 4 million initially approved for the purchase of contraceptives for a period from 2017 to 2020.
According to Usman, there are many policies at the subnational level that support family planning, and many state governments have not made the policies operational.
She said: âWe have the national work transfer and sharing policy formulated in 2014, but it was revised in 2018 to allow more leeway. The policy has attempted to reduce the burden on human resources for health, by allowing lower-level health workers to provide services legally. By domesticating these policies, states can improve access to services for clients. So if such policies are not domesticated, we will not have the legal safeguard to do so. “
Usman pointed out that family planning is the most cost-effective way to reduce maternal mortality.
âWhen we talk about family planning, we are not saying that people should not have children or limit the number of children. What we are saying is having the ability to voluntarily space the children apart. That people should not risk having a pregnancy a few months after childbirthâ¦ â
She said the organization, together with stakeholders, was working towards the achievement of the government’s family planning program to 2030.