In a bid to boost family planning, the Federal Government has pledged additional $4.3 million for procurement of contraceptives to achieve the device usage rate of 27 percent among women by 2020.
More than 37 country governments, 16 private companies and 11 partner organizations, including civil society and private foundations, are expected to announce commitments to accelerate progress on rights-based family planning programmes on Wednesday at the Family Planning Summit.
The Family Planning Summit is currently holding in the United Kingdom and leaders from the around the world have gathered to make bold commitments that will help expand access to family planning to millions of women and girls worldwide.
Reports says more than 60 governments and partners pledged commitments of at least $2.5 billion by 2020 at the summit, with the majority of the funding ($1.5 billion) committed by countries in Asia and Africa.
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole has said that the country is headed for a ‘demographic disaster’ if it doesn’t adopt a more aggressive policy to contraceptive usage.
According to Prof. Adewole, Nigeria is committed to a supply chain system in the next couple of weeks by opening two new warehouses in Abuja and Lagos to link up to 7 additional warehouses across the country which will be networked to ensure transparency.
He said the 27 percent target is significant because there is a wide disparity across the country with the northeast recording a 3% usage compared to the 25% in the southwest, adding that Nigeria will ensure a total disbursement of $56 million to the states through its Global Financing Facility (GFF) and IDA loans.
Adewole also explained that the plan is to include family planning as part of basic health care services so that it can become a routine in addition to malaria, antenatal services and immunization.
Other pledges made by the government at the summit include:
- A new tracking and accountability system that will report annually and in real-time, the expenditures for family planning at national and state levels.
- To remove regulatory barriers and to scale up access to new contraceptive methods such as subcutaneous Depo-Medroxyprogesterone Acetate injections (Sayana Press).
- To use a push-model system, and collaborate with the private sector to optimally transport, store and track commodities using an electronic logistics management system.
- And to increase the number of health facilities providing family planning services in each of its states and federal territory to 20,000 and leverage its 10,000 functional primary health care facilities to raise awareness about family planning.
To achieve the above aim, the government will partner with stakeholders and gatekeepers to reduce socio-cultural barriers for family planning services, including collaborating with line ministries to ensure the provision of age-appropriate sexual and reproductive health information to youth through the Family Life Health Education Curriculum and youth-friendly services in health facilities and other outlets.
For this reason, the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed encourage men and boys help the initiative by supporting their sisters, mothers, daughters and wives in other for the government to achieve women rights and empowerment.