December 6, 2016

FG, partners unveil FPwatch findings on family planning

By Chioma Obinna

The Federal Ministry of Health in partnership with Population Services International, PSI, and the Society for Family Health, SFH, is unveiling in Abuja today, results of the FPwatch research on Nigeria’s contraceptive methods and services.

FPwatch is a multi-country research project designed to generate evidence on modern contraceptive methods and service availability through surveys administered to all public and private health facilities and outlets.

The FPwatch evidence that will be presented at the dissemination event is vital in helping to inform national strategies and policies aimed at achieving the FP2020 commitments: to achieve a contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) of 36 percent by 2018.

Conducted in 2015, the FPwatch survey in Nigeria includes over 2,500 outlets providing contraceptive methods or services. Survey results illustrate the availability, relative market share and price of modern contraceptive methods across outlet types and will assess readiness to provide modern family planning services. In particular findings showed that:

The private sector accounts for the majority of outlets stocking modern contraceptive methods and distribution of modern contraceptive methods.

Most outlets have at least one modern contraceptive method available. Availability of 3+ or 5+ methods was typically low across outlet types.

Long-acting reversible contraceptive methods account for almost three-fifths of the total market share of couple-years of protection (CYP).

There was some variation in availability, price, market share and service readiness indicators by geographic zones and urban/rural status.

The SFH is one of Nigeria’s largest non-governmental organisations aiming at empowering Nigerians, particularly the poor and vulnerable to lead healthier lives.

The event brings government and other stakeholders together to interpret findings in greater context of Nigeria’s family planning environment.  Attendees will focus on interpreting the study results and discuss action items based on the findings.