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Thursday, January 16, 2020

To reduce maternal and child mortality, family planning has been identified as the most cost-effective means to improve the health of mothers in Nigeria.
The Zonal Coordinator, Nationwide Family Planning Campaign, Adeniji Raji made the remark at its inaugural meeting held in Lagos.
Raji said family planning helps people to have the desired number of children, which can lead to improved health of mothers and contribute to the nation’s social and economic development.
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Monday, January 13, 2020

A new research has found that most women feel ‘relieved’ and don’t ‘regret’ their decision after having an abortion.
The study, which was described by a CNN report as one of the largest to date on the topic, was published Sunday in the journal Social Science & Medicine.
Also, about 25 per cent of all pregnancies ended in an induced abortion, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Researchers say there has been an assumption that women will regret having an abortion.
But they said the groups of women surveyed described as relieved how they felt each time they were asked about it.
According to the study, researchers came to this conclusion after surveying nearly 1,000 women, and following up with them 11 times over a period of five years.
Five years after having an abortion, a majority of women surveyed – 84 per cent – had positive emotions or no emotions whatsoever about their abortion decision.
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Saturday, January 11, 2020

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Mrs Sakinat Azeez will not forget in a hurry her experience with her husband the first time she tried to initiate a discussion about family planning. Sakinat said the encounter was discouraging and scary. She narrated her encounter with Good Health Weekly at one of the Primary Health Centres in Ijora.


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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

An NGO, Development Communications Network (Devcoms), says majority of young people in Nigeria are not empowered with quality information to make informed decisions about their reproductive health.
Mr Akin Jimoh, DevComs Programme Director, made the assertion on Wednesday in Lagos.

Also, Mental Health experts urge stakeholders to step up roles in preventing suicide.
Jimoh spoke as the World mark the 2019 edition of the World Contraception Day slated for Thursday with the theme: “ It’s Your Life, It’s Your Responsibility”.
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“There is an urgent need to improve awareness of the importance of abstinence as well as contraception to enable young people to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health.
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Sunday, December 1, 2019

The Coordinator of the Sultan Foundation for Peace and Development and Emir of Argugungu, Alhaji Samaila Muhammad Mera, has urged governments at all levels to increase efforts in curtailing maternal mortality in Nigeria. He made the call in Kaduna after a one-day review meeting with the Northern Traditional Leaders Committee on Ending Violence against Women and Girls in Northern Nigeria organized by the foundation in conjunction with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to observe the World Contraception Day, experts have called for urgent action on unwanted and underage pregnancies to check the rising rate of unsafe abortion in the country.
They​ gave the warning in a statement jointly issued on Wednesday.
The Programme Director of Development Communications Network (Devcoms), Akin Jimoh, noted that the majority of young people in Nigeria are not empowered with quality information to make informed decisions about their reproductive health.
Jimoh who posited that “abstinence [from sex] is a priority recommended means for young people, added that a boost in contraceptive prevalence rate will serve as a method to curb population explosion.
“There is an urgent need to improve awareness of the importance of abstinence as well as contraception to enable young people make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health.
“In reality, increase in the use of contraception will help curb teenage pregnancies and eliminate a scenario whereby a baby who is supposed to still be under the tutelage of her mother is expecting another baby in her womb,” he said.
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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

“It’s Your Life, It’s Your Responsibility’’ is the theme for the 2019 World Contraception Day, aimed to promote the health and welfare of the entire family and in turn the whole community, nation and the world.
World Contraception Day is an annual event commemorated to improve awareness of all contraceptive methods available, and also encourage young people to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health.
Beyond young people, of whom are the focus for the 2019 celebration, contraception, an integral part of Family Planning (FP), promotes the health and welfare of the entire family and in turn the whole community and nation.
The World Health Organisation says family planning allows individuals and couples to anticipate and attain their desired number of children and the spacing and timing of their births.
It is achieved through use of contraceptive methods and the treatment of involuntary infertility.
Experts have also harped on the need for increased awareness and funding for FP as key to improving economic indices, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and harnessing the demographic dividends.
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Sunday, November 10, 2019

The health and wealth of a nation depends on the Nigerian woman. Women’s education is key to addressing maternal mortality.”
These were the words of the Chairman, Committee of wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO) and wife of the Lagos State governor, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu COWLSO’s 19th National Women’s Conference held at the Eko Hotels and Suites.
The theme of this year’s conference is: “Unlearn, Learn and Relearn: 21st Century Women’s T.H.E.M.E.S Perspectives/Approach.”
Speaking further, Mrs Sanwo-Olu said, “Maternal mortality is abysmally high in Nigeria and we regard the death of a woman in preventable circumstances as unacceptable. The issue of maternal mortality has been taken for granted in Nigeria when it is supposed to be seen as a national emergency.”
She is also of the opinion that educating the woman will go a long way in arresting this trend. “An empowered and educated woman would raise responsible children. As a nation, we need to invest effectively in maximising the capacity of women. As women, we must strategically position ourselves to take full benefits of the programmes of government.
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Friday, November 15, 2019

The First lady of Lagos State, Mrs Ibijoke Sanwoolu, received entourage from the Public Health Sustainable Advocacy Initiative (PHSAI) in an advocacy visit.
According to PHSAI, the visit was to advocate for ways to improve Sexual and Reproductive Health of young people in the state and also recognize the works of the first lady in promoting public health having served as Medical Director in Shomolu General Hospital, Lagos.
Ajayi Abiodun, Lagos State Coordinator – Life Planning for Adolescent and Youth (LPAY Champion) added that as part of the purpose of the visit, Sanwo-olu would be decorated as an FP / LPAY Champion as a leading voice that will help advocate for release of funds for Adolescent & Youth Friendly Services in the state to address the critical  issues facing young people.
“Champions were to make sure that key drivers give prompt attention to Adolescent and Youth programs in the State by providing life Planning skills training,” Abiodun said.
On her part, the First Lady acknowledged the work of NURHI 2 in the health sector of the State and observed that it, unfortunately, it is when the new administration is just gearing up that  NURHI2 project is winding up.
She stated that it is now a challenge as a concerned Government to practically own the health interventions even when NURHI2  and other Implementing Health Partners have gone.
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