Why Nigeria's Weak Health System Affects Women and Girls the Most

Women, young girls, and children are the worst affected by the poor health services. This is particularly true for those living in rural areas where the burden of disease is disproportionately high. There are major hurdles to accessing care, which has a knock-on effect on women accessing decent family planning services. And the opportunities for girls to attend school are massively curtailed, particularly in northern Nigeria. Extended years in school have been shown to make a marked difference to the choices girls make in later life, writes Akanni Ibukun Akinyemi for The Conversation.


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