World Contraception Day: Body Calls on Stakeholders to Make Access to Modern Contraception Easy

World Contraception Day: Body Calls on Stakeholders to Make Access to Modern Contraception Easy

Sept 26, 2018

A body made up of journalists, the Network of Reproductive Health Journalists of Nigeria (NRHJN), a key advocacy stakeholder has called on government and other stakeholders to join hands in closing the wide gap of access to all forms of modern method of contraception.

In a press statement to mark the World Contraception Day 2018, the network said the promotion of safe, accessible modern family planning methods at this point in time in Nigeria, is therefore very crucial towards achieving the global goal of Family Planning by 2020 (FP2020) and the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Continued: https://oraclenews.ng/world-contraception-day-body-calls-on-stakeholders-to-make-access-to-modern-contraception-easy/

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Why More Nigerian Girls Are Getting Pregnant, Aborting It

Why More Nigerian Girls Are Getting Pregnant, Aborting It

By Ating Enwongo
On Sep 25, 2018

Due to religious and cultural sensitivities, Nigerians live in denial of just how common teenage sex is, which has led to high rate of pregnancy among girls between ages 15 and 18 years.

The families of these teenagers are stigmatized by friends and family members with insinuations that they are unable to raise their female children with proper moral and religious standards.

This stigmatization most often leads to unsafe abortion as the teens cannot absorb the heat from the society.

Continued: https://thewhistler.ng/story/why-more-nigerian-girls-are-getting-pregnant-aborting-it/

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Nigeria Records 2m Cases of Abortion in 2018, Says Report

Nigeria Records 2m Cases of Abortion in 2018, Says Report

September 20, 2018
By Kasim Sumaina in Abuja

A report by the Performance Monitoring and Accountability (PMA2020) in collaboration with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has stated that over two million cases of abortion occur in Nigeria in 2018.

According to a survey conducted between April and May, the report further disclosed that the highest incidence were among young girls in secondary schools and women in their early 20s.

Continued: https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/09/20/nigeria-records-2m-cases-of-abortion-in-2018-says-report/

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Research Shows Nigerian Youths Embrace Family Planning – NGO

Research Shows Nigerian Youths Embrace Family Planning – NGO

By Jesuwale Stephen
September 14, 2018

Country Director, Marie Stopes International Organisation Nigeria (MSION), Effiom Nyong, says 19 per cent of Nigerian youths under 25 years accessed one modern Family Planning (FP) method or the other in 2017.

Effiom said this Abuja on Friday that five per cent of this youth were between 15 and 19 years.

Continued: https://www.concisenews.global/2018/09/14/research-shows-nigerian-youths-embrace-family-planning-ngo/

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We Have Averted 10,000 Unsafe Abortions In Ten Years

We Have Averted 10,000 Unsafe Abortions In Ten Years – MSION

By Jesuwale Stephen -
September 13, 2018

Country Director, Marie Stopes International Organisation Nigeria (MSION), Effiom Nyong, says the through the introduction of Family Planning (FP), the organisation has been able to avert 10,000 unsafe abortions in Nigeria in the last 10 years.

The country director who made this known in Abuja, advocated for safe abortion, adding, unsafe abortion continued to claim thousands of lives every year.

Continued: https://www.concisenews.global/2018/09/13/we-have-averted-about-10000-unsafe-abortions-in-ten-years-msion/

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“It was a bad experience” – Emeka Nwankwo explores the struggle to get a safe abortion in Nigeria

“It was a bad experience” – Emeka Nwankwo explores the struggle to get a safe abortion in Nigeria

September 12, 2018
by Mazi Emeka

Editor’s Note:

When Emeka Nwankwo approached us with his investigation into abortions in Lagos, he expressed some worry that as a male journalist, there would be glaring realities he would miss in his coverage of how abortion laws in Nigeria affect the country’s most disenfranchised. But it was a reality that needed to be explored, and the sobering conclusions we reach in the end of our investigation is worth the leap of faith. We hope it gives every reader a little more nuance on an incredibly complex subject.

WHO BEARS THE PAIN OF AN ABORTION?

Pain is a raging flame that consumes the entire body. It spreads, like fireworks, from the point of origin to every other place. And if you are a young woman, with no one to hold your hands as you lie on a gurney in an illegal clinic somewhere in Oshodi, legs spread apart and knees bent, handled by a female doctor, probing within you via your genitals, then the pain is as physical as it is emotional.

Continued: https://ynaija.com/it-was-a-bad-experience-emeka-nwanko-explores-the-struggle-to-get-a-safe-abortion-in-nigeria/

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Nigeria’s booming abortion black market

Nigeria’s booming abortion black market

By Paul Adepoju
on September 9, 2018

Although they are officially sold in Nigeria for the prevention and treatment of post-delivery bleeding, abortion drugs are increasingly getting popular and their potential implications are far-reaching, pitching the country’s hard stance on abortion against the stark reality doctors and healthcare providers daily contend with at their clinics.

On healthnews.africa, the most popular story was published on February 14, 2018 and it’s on how Nigerians are taking to social media in search of information on abortion. Between then and now, the piece has been read over 8,000 times and it is now being read at least 100 times daily.

Continued: https://www.healthnews.ng/nigerias-booming-abortion-black-market/

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Nigeria – This couple does not want the baby, but the law prohibits abortion

This couple does not want the baby, but the law prohibits abortion
Elective abortion remains illegal in Nigeria. While the law is clear, clinical practice pitches healthcare providers as the enemy. This is one of such cases.

By Dr. Victoria Adepoju
on September 4, 2018

"I’m so scared, how is it going to be. Am I going to bleed? The pharmacist said it will involve bleeding. That’s why he sent me here. I don’t know what to do."

AT is a 19-year old female who is pregnant with a 6-month old baby. She was referred to a private hospital by a pharmacist when she went to ask for abortion pills. That same morning, she bought a pregnancy test strip over the counter with which she confirmed she was pregnant. She became suspicious following a brief illness with symptoms that she assumed mimicked those of pregnancy.

Continued: https://www.healthnews.ng/this-couple-does-not-want-the-baby-but-the-law-prohibits-abortion/

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Nigeria – Stakeholders Charge Parents On Adolescents’ Sexuality Education

Stakeholders Charge Parents On Adolescents’ Sexuality Education

By Ijeoma Ukazu
On Aug 28, 2018

Stakeholders working with adolescents in Lagos State has charged parents to initiate early sexuality education for youths as well as adolescents in order to reduce deaths from unplanned pregnancy and unsafe abortions.

Speaking to journalists at an event in Lagos, the Executive Director, Youth Empowerment Foundation (YEF), Mr Iwalola Jimoh, stated in his presentation; “Creating Safe Spaces For Adolescents and Youths in Nigeria (Life skills for Adolescents and Youths,” that creating safe spaces for children and adolescents involves taking responsibility for children safety, building a continuous empo

Continued: https://thewhistler.ng/story/stakeholders-charge-parents-on-adolescents-sexuality-education/

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Nigeria – Curbing infant and maternal mortality

Curbing infant and maternal mortality
The level of maternal and infant mortality in Kebbi State is high. In this report, AHMED IDRIS reviews the role of Dr. Zainab Atiku Bagudu, a medical practitioner and wife of the Kebbi State Governor, in the fight to reverse the trend, as well as reform health institutions in the state.

Aug 23, 2018
By Correspondents

In 2000 the maternal mortality ratio in Nigeria was 800 per 100 000 live births. The under five mortality ratio in Nigeria was 201 per 1000 live births meaning that one in five Nigerian children never reached the age of five. Infant deaths, which accounted for half of child mortality have increased from what they were in 1990.

A United Nations (UN) report released on May, 2012 called ‘Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990 to 2010,’ showed that 14 per cent of the world’s deaths related to childbearing occurred in Nigeria. Six years after, that situation has not changed.

Continued: https://newtelegraphonline.com/2018/08/curbing-infant-and-maternal-mortality/

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