The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Nigeria Country Representative Ulla Mueller says the country has 15.1% unmet need for family planning.
Ms. Mueller revealed this in Abuja at the NAN Forum, the flagship interview program of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
According to her, 15.1% of Nigerian women and girls who want to access family planning services are denied access.
“We have an unmet need in Nigeria which is 15.1%. This essentially means that 15.1% of women between the ages of 15 and 40 want access to contraception, but are denied access.
“In numbers, it’s about four million women who want it right now while you and I are sitting around wanting access to contraception and not having access to it,” she said.
Ms. Mueller said UNFPA needed to work more in partnership with development partners to ensure product safety.
According to her, a national commodity basket is supported by UNFPA with a focus on ensuring availability.
She added that the focus is on making sure the supply chain works using short or long term methods.
“It’s one of the most critical things that need to be available to women.
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“So if they access the services, they can actually get the method of their choice. We are also working on building the capacity of health workers,” she said.
She also said that Nigeria’s Modern Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (MCPR) and Traditional Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (TCPR) of 12% and 17% respectively were very low and a concern. major for UNFPA.
Ms. Mueller, who called for advocacy for increased access for women to the basket of family planning commodities, however, praised many states for their access.
“We also have more states now using the basket. so I think some of the accomplishments are really the FP 20 commitment.
“It’s really accessibility, availability and information for women that they have the right to choose,” she said.
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