18 August 2012

Nigeria: 'Birth Control Doesn't Mean Limiting Your Children'

Using contraceptives and birth control methods do not mean limiting one's number of children, state team leader for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI), Mrs. Adebusola Salako, has said.

She said this at a recent interactive session between NURHI and stakeholders in Abuja.

Salako explained that people generally believe that when they are encouraged to use contraceptives, it means they are being asked to limit the number of children they have.

"But this is not the reason we educate people on the use of contraceptive. Our goal is to get them to do proper child spacing."

She said depending on which statistics are available, "NURHI survey rests at 22 per cent but the National Demographic Health Survey puts it at 28.9 per cent. Hopefully by 2014 the Contraceptive Prevalent Rate (CPR) would have increased to 40 percent."

Sheik (Dr.) Ibrahim Yusuf, the Chief Imam of the Bwari Central Mosque, who is also the Advocacy Corps Group (ACG) chairman for the FCT, a major stakeholder in birth control matters, said "it is the lack of understanding that makes family planning issue seems cumbersome. This is what I have noticed amongst the adults I have interacted with. Many see family planning as restriction of children to a certain number rather than proper spacing of children after each birth."

NURHI is a project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to increase contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) in Nigeria in order to improve maternal and child health.

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