Nigeria – Desire for male child causing maternal morbidity, mortality

Desire for male child causing maternal morbidity, mortality

By Franka Osakwe
07 December 2019

In Nigeria, quest for male child has resulted in multiple un-spaced pregnancies.

This is one of the reasons why many women are dying during childbirth and lots more developing health problems. Male child preference has given rise to violence against women and girls.

According to EU-UN Spotlight Initiative, discrimination of the girl child is a crime and should be stopped.


Nigeria – Sexual Reproductive Health: Role of Media

Sexual Reproductive Health: Role of Media

Dec 2, 2019

The critical role of journalists in bringing Sexual Reproductive Health matters to public attention, making government accountable and promoting good outcomes formed crux of discourse during a two day workshop for media executives on Sexual Reproductive Health Reporting organized by Marie Stopes International Organization Nigeria (MSION) on November 14 to 16 in Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital.

The workshop brought to the front burner the grey issues of unmet need, low use of contraceptives and its contribution to maternal mortality in Nigeria and other developing countries.


Nigeria – How barriers to family planning trigger rise in maternal mortality

How barriers to family planning trigger rise in maternal mortality

By Adaku Onyenucheya
28 November 2019

Experts have emphasised on the need for Nigerians to embrace family planning fully as part of measures to curb maternal and infant mortality in the country.

They lamented that despite the drop in the fertility rate from 5.5 percent in 2013 to 5.3 percent in 2018, according to the Nigeria Demographic Health Survey (NDHS), with a two-percent increase in the total contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) from 15 percent to 17 percent, the acceptance rate of family planning in some communities still remain low due to several barriers such as religion, culture and fear of the unknown among others. The implications, they said, remain multiple pregnancies and births, population explosion that puts pressure of the nation resources, as well as unsafe abortions, which increases the risk of maternal and infant mortality in Nigeria.


Nigeria – A tragedy of choice!

A tragedy of choice!

On November 23, 2019
by Urowayino Jeremiah

Abortion! I’d almost forgotten that such a word exists until last Thursday. The gist was that a former neighbour’s teenage daughter died last week due to complications from an illegal abortion. No sooner had I walked into my regular salon in the area, did my hair dresser, wearing a forlorn face ask if I had stopped at Mummy Seni’s house. I said no and asked why. “Did something happen to her?

“So you have not heard. Jumoke, Mummy Seni’s daughter is dead oh!!


‘Church greatest opposition to family planning in Nigeria’

‘Church greatest opposition to family planning in Nigeria’

On November 22, 2019
By Vincent Ujumadu

ANAMBRA State coordinator of family planning, Mrs Stella Ekweozor has accused the church of posing the greatest challenge towards achieving the goals of family planning in the country.

In an interview with Saturday Vanguard in Awka, Ekweozor said the resultant effect is that many women embark on unsafe abortion at the risk of their lives.


Nigeria – ‘Women need legislation against unsafe abortion’

‘Women need legislation against unsafe abortion’

November 15, 2019
Frank Ikpefan, Abuja

A civil society organisation, Vision Spring Initiatives, has said that women and girls in Nigeria must be protected from unsafe abortion during pregnancy through strict government legislation so as to minimise maternal death.

The group noted that women and girls must be empowered on their rights, adding that it was regrettable that Nigeria still had a high maternal mortality.


Why women, girls die from preventable, treatable health complications

Why women, girls die from preventable, treatable health complications

November 9, 2019
By Joseph Erunke – Abuja

Women and girls in Nigeria are dying from preventable and treatable sexual health complications as a result of entrenched resistance to women’s autonomy and control over their bodies, a non-governmental human rights organisation, Vision Spring Initiatives, has said.

The non-governmental human rights organisation which regretted that Nigeria has the third-highest infant mortality in the world besides being the largest contributor to the global mortality rate insisted that deep-seated religious and cultural beliefs were responsible for the action.


Nigeria – Addressing troubling maternal mortality

Addressing troubling maternal mortality
The worsening maternal mortality rates can be tackled by promoting family planning, use of contraceptives and making quality health care accessible to the people, reports MOSES EMORINKEN

November 8, 2019

ACCORDING to the World Health Organisation (WHO), maternal mortality is the death of a pregnant woman within 42 days of termination of pregnancy, irrespective of the duration and site of the pregnancy, from any cause related to or aggravated by the pregnancy or its management but not from accidental or incidental causes.

According to the joint report by WHO, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Bank and United Nations Population Fund, which considered trends in maternal mortality from 1990 to 2015, in Nigeria, at least 800 women die in every 100,000 live births.


Nigeria – Women deserve better reproductive experience, says prof

Women deserve better reproductive experience, says prof

By Tobi Awodipe
02 November 2019

Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Prof. Adetokunbo Fabamwo while delivering a lecture at the National Women’s Conference of Committee of Wife of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO) with the theme, ‘Unlearn, Learn and Relearn: 21st Century Women’s THEMES Perspectives and Approach’, during the week, reiterated that women deserve better reproductive experience.

The Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology while presenting his lecture titled ‘Maternal and Neonatal Mortality’, at the event, stated that pregnancy bleeding, hypertensive disorders, unsafe abortion, obstructed labor/ruptured uterus and infections are the major causes of maternal mortality.


The war on African women is supported by foreign activists, with no regard for our lives

The war on African women is supported by foreign activists, with no regard for our lives
I know what life is like when access to sexual and reproductive services is limited. In Nigeria and across the continent, this must end now.

Olutimehin Adegbeye
1 November 2019

In May, police officers raided a Marie Stopes clinic in Lagos, Nigeria’s capital. Witnesses said the officers harassed patients and accused them of illegally accessing confidential documents. It was the latest in a string of attacks against groups that support women’s reproductive rights. Nigerian feminists, women’s rights campaigners and LGBTIQ+ activists came together on social media to ask, “what is going on?”. A consensus was reached: there is a strategic effort to undermine our sexual and reproductive health and rights, with women’s bodies a key battleground.

Nigeria’s patriarchal conservatism is hardly news; women, girls and queer folks in this country are regularly and legally denied autonomy, the rate of sexual violence is high, while sexual and reproductive healthcare is extremely limited. Nigeria accounts for more than 10% of global maternal deaths, despite representing only 2.5% of the global population, and a 2013 study showed that only 16% of Nigerian women of reproductive age (15-49) have access to, and use, contraception.