Stop Unsafe Abortions, Go For Family Planning
October 15, 2019
By Media Advocacy Working Group
To tackle and (stop or end) unsafe abortion occasioned by unplanned pregnancy, maternal and child health, experts have called on government at all levels to massively invest in family planning.
This they say is to enable more women and girls have access to modern contraceptive methods of their choice.
Secret abortions spike in Nigeria with Boko Haram chaos
October 14, 2019
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kellu became pregnant after a Nigerian soldier offered her food and shelter in exchange for sex. But the destitute teenager - who lost her family when Boko Haram militants attacked her village two years earlier - did not want to have the baby.
After moving to a camp for displaced people in northeastern Borno state, where she relied on neighbours for food, 18-year-old Kellu wanted an abortion but did not know where to go - like a growing number of women since the Islamist insurgency began.
Dangers Of Uncontrolled Population Growth
on October 10, 2019
By PATIENCE IHEJIRIKA and ODIRI UCHENUNU-IBE
With Nigeria’s population estimated to be the fourth highest in the world by 2030, government must as a matter of urgency ensure a more sustainable population growth, by increasing access to voluntary and quality family planning services.
This year’s World Contraception Day commemoration with the theme: It’s your life, it’s your responsibility” has further renewed the call for access to contraception services as well as youth awareness on use of modern contraceptives.
Why Nigeria Should Provide Safe Spaces For Adolescent Girls – SFH
October 8, 2019
By ODIRI UCHENUNU-IBEH
Nigeria will move closer to achieving major targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by assuring adolescent girls access to health and critical social services, says the Society for Family Health (SFH).
Deputy Project Director of Adolescents 360 (A360), Pharm. Fifi Ogbondeminu, at the National Conference on Inclusivity, Equality & Diversity in University Education hosted by the University of Lagos, said the action will also promote social inclusiveness and help drive down maternal mortality, some drivers of which are unplanned pregnancies and unsafe abortion among adolescent girls and young women.
World Contraception Day: Experts Call For Increased Awareness To Curb Unsafe Abortion
Thursday, September 26, 2019
By JETHRO IBILEKE
As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to observe the World Contraception Day, experts have called for urgent action on unwanted and underage pregnancies to check the rising rate of unsafe abortion in the country.
They gave the warning in a statement jointly issued on Wednesday.
How To End Unintended Pregnancies In Minors
on September 9, 2019
By By Media Advocacy Working Group
Women are most fertile and have the best chance of getting pregnant in their 20s. This is the time when they have the highest number of good quality eggs available and their pregnancy risks are lowest.
Based on this premise, going through labour and baby delivery should not be activities for minors, but in Nigeria, children getting pregnant and going through delivery is a common feature.
Why The Use of Modern Family Planning Method Should Be Promoted
on August 26, 2019
By Media Advocacy Working Group
The effective use of modern contraception such as; Intrauterine devices, (IUDs) implants, injectables, oral pills amongst others are said to be the safest methods of birth control.
In teenagers, pregnancies are at greater risk of poor outcomes, hence a comprehensive sex education and access to modern contraception would decrease the rate of unwanted pregnancies in this age group.
Why adolescents form major abortion victims
July 25, 2019
By APPOLONIA ADEYEMI
News of Aduke, 16 years was shocking and unbelievable. Based on profuse bleeding, from Aduke who collapsed suddenly on that fateful day, concerned persons that were sympathetic to her plight rushed her on emergency to the nearest health centre. After close examination, the care providers on duty, promptly referred Aduke who was a secondary school student to a general hospital. She had become unconscious.
Further medical tests on the patient however showed that there has been attempts to terminate a pregnancy. Doctors subsequently carried out some surgical procedures to perfect the abortion so as to save the life of Aduke. Sadly, she died on the operating theatre.
Nigeria: Not left out of the global rollback of sexual and reproductive rights
“What is going on?”
23 July 2019 | By OluTimehin Adegbeye
A few weeks ago, police officers conducted a raid on a Marie Stopes clinic in Lagos. They harassed patients, temporarily detained a doctor, and illegally accessed confidential documents. Immediately following this deeply unnerving attack, which came on the trail of other anti-rights incidents involving state agents, a group of Nigerian feminists, women’s rights campaigners and LGBTQI+ activists came together to ask, “what is going on?”. In the course of the digital conversation that ensued, a consensus was reached: a strategic effort to undermine the sexual and reproductive health and rights of Nigerians is underway, and women’s bodily integrity is on the frontlines.
Nigeria’s patriarchal conservatism is hardly news; women, girls and queer folks in this country are regularly and legally denied their bodily autonomy, and the rate of sexual violence is high.
Nigeria: 2,000 Nigerian Women Die Annually of Unsafe Abortion - Gynaecologist
By Urowayino Warami
18 June 2019
No fewer than 2,000 Nigerian women die of unsafe abortion annually with Northeast recording highest rate, says Dr Christopher Lamai, Head of Department, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Federal Teaching Hospital, Gombe.
Lamai made the disclosure at the capacity building workshop for journalist on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (WSRHR) organized by Ipas Nigeria, an international NGO on Tuesday in Gombe.