April 4, 2024

NGO raises alarm over modern contraceptives neglect in Nigeria

NGO raises alarm over modern contraceptives neglect in Nigeria

…….says 43 percent adolescents neglect alarming

By Dayo Johnson, Akure

A Non-Governmental Organization, Hacey Health Initiative, has raised the alarm that about 43 percent of adolescents girls failed to satisfy the needs for modern contraceptives across the country.

Hacey equally lamented that over 27,000 maternal death occurred yearly among adolescent’s girls in Nigeria.

It’s Executive Director of HACEY Health Initiative, Rhoda Robinson, stated this while speaking at a stakeholder’s roundtable meeting in Akure, Ondo state capital.

Robinson, noted that sexual and reproductive health (SRH) issues posed a significant challenges for vulnerable adolescents and young people in the country.

According to her, over 190,000 adolescents girls between age of ten and 19 were newly infected with HIV in 2019 alone because of low access to information on sexual and reproductive health.

She therefore called on the Federal and state government to support women’s sexual and reproductive health rights.

Robinson also, solicited the support of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and other stakeholders towards achieving a sustained Sexual and Reproductive Health Right (SRHR) in the state.

According to her, the “programme with the theme: Building Movements to Sustain Sexual and Reproductive Health and Right Interventions’ was put together to checkmate high rate of early pregnancies among adolescents.

“The project targets to empower 80 percent of AYPs across project communities in Nigeria with improved access to rights[1] based, inclusive, and gender sensitive SRHR service.

Robinson noted that the programme was designed to build the capacity of youth-based CSOs with relevant and adequate access to information on SRHR services in a bid to address the challenges faced by the vulnerable youths.

 “This programme is to check increasing HIV infection among adolescents and young people, to curb unhealthy sexual behavior and gender norms and give access to SRHR information and services”

“This became necessary to give access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services, promote healthy behaviours among adolescents and youth and addressing SRHR issues to achieve broader development goals”

Robinson emphasised that “vulnerable AYPs in the project communities, due to lack of access to essential sexual and reproductive health information and resources are predisposed to challenges such as unintended pregnancies, inadequate antenatal care, unsafe abortions, sexually transmitted infections, HIV, and cervical cancer.

” The new project kicked off some six months ago and is being undertaken in five South West states of Oyo, Ondo, Osun, Lagos and Ekiti to ensure effective SRHR interventions in the states in the interest of the society especially the female adolescents.

According to her “some of the strategy to be employed to ensure success of the project include, advocacy, capacity building, partnership and collaboration, community engagement and access to media tools.

The Executive Director, said that stakeholders, especially community leaders and religious leaders have a vital roles to play by acting as advocates and influencers within their community, promoting SRHR awareness and acceptance.

According to her “They are also expected to provide moral and ethical guidance on SRHR issues and foster dialogue and collaboration between different community groups to address SRHR needs comprehensively.