Reduce maternal death, incorporate abortion-related scheme in school curriculum – Experts to Nigerian govt

June 15, 2024
By Gift Oba

Following the high rate of maternal death and unsafe abortions, the federal government has been advised to incorporate abortion-related topics into the secondary school curriculum in order to educate and enlighten students on the dangers associated with it.

According to the October 2021 Performance Monitoring for Action (PMA) abortion survey, in Nigeria, 4.6% of reproductive-aged women undergo an abortion each year, equating to nearly 2 million abortions annually.


Nigeria – Lawyers seek advancement of reproductive health rights to curb maternal mortality

By Ijeoma Thomas-Odia
08 Jun. 2024

The World Health Organisation (WHO) deems unsafe abortion as one of the preventable causes of maternal mortality as statistics indicate that it accounts for almost a third of maternal mortality in Nigeria, hence the urgent need for the advancement of reproductive health rights in Nigeria.

This was the focus at an exploratory retreat for legal practitioners on Strategic Litigation for Sexual and Reproductive Heath Rights (SRHR) in Nigeria organized by the Centre for Human Rights and Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, in collaboration with the Centre for Reproductive Rights USA, Regional Office, Kenya.


Nigeria – How restrictive reproductive health laws endanger women’s lives

June 7, 2024

Avoidable deaths
When a married mother of two, called his causing, a medical doctor, in desperation, seeking help to terminate an unplanned pregnancy due to financial and career pressures, his immediate reaction was one of moral indignation. “God forbid,” he said, brushing off her plea. Little did he know, this rebuff would set off a chain of events leading to her tragic demise.

Recounting this sad and life changing experience, a Medical Practitioner, Dr. Fehintola Akintunde stated: “My educated cousin sought help from an unqualified provider. She was taken to a remote village where the procedure was done improperly. She developed severe complications and was rushed to the Federal Medical Centre in Abeokuta.


IPAS Partners NAWOJ To Enhance Reproductive Health Reporting

by Ayo Mukhail 
June 6, 2024

The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) has collaborated with IPAS Nigeria Health Foundation (NHF) to improve reporting on Women’s Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (WSRHR).

A 2-day training session, held in Lagos on May 29-30, 2024, equipped women journalists with the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively report on WSRHR issues. “The aim of this training is to build the capacity of NAWOJ leadership on WSRHR issues, ensuring women journalists have the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively report on these issues,” said Mr. Lucky Palmer, Country Director of Partners for Reproductive Justice, Ipas Nigeria Health Foundation.


Experts seek reforms to curb unsafe abortions

By Paul Adunwoke
06 June 2024

Health experts have reiterated the importance of new policies to address unsafe abortion in the country.

They said policy reforms will encourage revising the legal framework to expand the grounds on which abortions can be performed legally and would help in reducing the incidence of unsafe procedures.


Sanwo-Olu keeps mum on suspended Lagos abortion guidelines two years after

2nd June 2024
By Angela Onwuzoo

Two years after the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, directed the suspension of the implementation of the state’s new policy guidelines on the provision of safe abortions, the governor has yet to lift the suspension despite appeal by stakeholders.

Some stakeholders who spoke exclusively with PUNCH Healthwise on the need for the governor to reinstate the guideline without further delay, revealed that cases of unsafe abortion in the state had assumed a worrisome dimension due to the economic hardship.


Nigeria – NGO identifies unsafe abortion as major cause of maternal mortality

May 22, 2024

Lack of access to safe abortion has been identified as a major cause of maternal mortality in Nigeria.

This was the submission of a nongovernmental organisation, IPAS Nigeria at a research dissemination meeting in Abuja themed, “Building Legal Support to Address the Menace of Unsafe Abortions and Sexual Violence in Nigeria”.


In Nigeria, Ipas’s innovative partnership with religious leaders aims to reduce gender-based violence

May 17, 2024
Combatting gender-based violence is a massive challenge in Nigeria, where nearly one of every three women and girls aged 15-49 has experienced physical violence, including rape and other forms of sexual violence. Ipas has developed a crucial partnership with religious leaders that’s helping to change this.

In 2023, the Ipas Nigeria Health Foundation began carrying out an innovative effort aimed at reducing gender-based violence, ensuring that survivors get the sexual and reproductive care they need, and seeing that more perpetrators are punished for their crimes.


Empowering Nigerian youth one campus at a time

May 7, 2024

Ipas’s local partner, Onelife Initiative for Human Development, has helped Nigerian college students take control of their sexual and reproductive health through a program called “Campus Wey Sabi,” a title which loosely translates to “campus knows best.” Through measuring student knowledge, training local health-care vendors, and hosting on-campus sessions with students and health providers, the program achieved significant results in just four months.

Onelife Initiative, based in Southwest Nigeria, educates youth on issues that affect their futures, like preventing unplanned pregnancies and unsafe abortions. With funding from the Ipas Collaborative Fund, they were able to pilot their “Campus Wey Sabi” program. The Collaborative Fund provides no-strings-attached grants to local organizations like Onelife that work to advance reproductive justice in their communities.


Nigeria – Ipas Donates Reproductive Health Commodities, Equipment To Kano Govt

Appolonia Adeyemi 
Apr 26, 2024

Ipas Nigeria Health Foundation in partnership with the Kano State Ministry of Health, State Primary Healthcare Management Board, and Hospital Management Board has donated reproductive health commodities and equipment to the Kano State Government to strengthen the capacity of the healthcare system to reduce preventable deaths from unsafe abortions and provide quality post abortion care (PAC) services.

Unsafe abortions are one of the leading causes of maternal mortality in Nigeria, contributing up to 15 per cent of maternal deaths. As part of the Government’s objectives to ending preventable maternal mortality, Ipas Nigeria Health Foundation is working in Kano State to support healthcare systems with relevant health commodities including – Uterine pelvic models, Manual Vacuum Aspirators (MVA), and Medical Abortion Combipacks.