If contraceptives are made available to additional 120 million women and girls by 2020, it would save the life’s of 200,000 women and three million babies across the world.
Representative of a Family Health Advocates in Nigeria Initiatives (FHANI), Mr. Benjamin Yunana Maigari brought this to the fore while presenting at the one-day Breakfast Meeting With Media Executives and Development Partners, organised by FHANI in Kaduna on Friday.
He explained that on 11 July 2012 Nigerian Government during the London Summit committed to increase contraceptive prevalence rate by two per cent every year to achieve 36 per cent by 2018
“The overall goal of the London Summit was making contraceptives available to additional 120 million women and girls by 2020
“The milestone will help to stop 200,000 women and girls from dying in pregnancy and save the lives of three million babies across the world,” he said, while stressing that Family Planning/Child spacing services reduces maternal and infant mortality by 35 to 40 per cent.
Mr. Maigari said that the North West geo political zone has the second highest maternal and infant mortality burden in Nigeria.
“576/100,000 live births in 2013 has shown that Nigeria is among the countries with the worse Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) in the world.
“The most recent Multiple Cluster Indicator Survey (MICS) of 2016 shows that Kaduna State Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR) is 21.9%,” he said.
Speaking further he said that Family Planning/child spacing services are meant to be free in all facilities offering the services, but unfortunately, women are made to pay.
“It was discovered that women paid for these services as a result of lack of consumables,” he added.
FHANI’s representative further explained that advocacy was carried out and a budget line of FP was introduced in the Kaduna state 2017 budget.
“The sum of 100 million Naira was approved for consumables. The state government as of October 2017 only release the sum of 45,040,000
“It was noticed that they money approved did not cover distribution, training as envisaged in the state Costed Implementation Plan (CIP)
“The need for cash backing and the release of the remaining amount by the state government women are still paying for services despite the 100,000,000 as can be seen from the latest survey carried out by PMA2020,” he emphasized.
Mr. Maigari pointed out that the PMA2017/Kaduna-R4 survey was conducted by the Centre for Research, Evaluation Resources and Development (CRERD) in collaboration with Bayero University Kano (BUK).
“The project collected data from Anambra, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Nasarawa, Rivers and Taraba states.
“With support from the Federal Ministry of Health National Population Commission, National Bureau of Statistics State Ministries of Health Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health (Johns Hopkins University),” he noted.