Family planning

Nigerian women face an uphill battle over family planning choices

Against standard of practice, Nigerian health workers, especially in public health facilities, are verifying the marital status of women to decide whether or not to give them contraception, writes Chiamaka Okafor for Bonus time. Unmarried women are often denied contraception while for married women the consent of their husband is usually sought before contraception is issued. In some cases, unmarried women are advised to marry.

Nigeria is projected to become the third most populous country in the world by 2050, with an estimated population of over 400 million due to its annual growth rate of 2.6%. It calls into question the nation’s continued commitment to closing the huge family planning access gaps across the country, writes Thelma Chioma Abeku for Health Surveillance in Nigeria.

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