Expert affirms that long-acting reversible contraceptives are safe for Nigerian women

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Expert affirms that long-acting reversible contraceptives are safe for Nigerian women…

Today, Friday 17th February marks the last day of Youth Voices Family Planning Video training which started on Monday 13th February 2017. The training was hosted by HACEY Health Initiative at their office located in Surulere, Lagos state in conjunction with Knowledge for health project(K4Health), Family planning 2020(FP2020), and The Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3).

The training was facilitated by Cori Fordham, ‎Program Specialist at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Communication Programs and Elizabeth Futrell, ‎Content Development Lead at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Communication Programs.

The training was aimed at teaching youth advocates the use of videos for compelling storytelling and advocacy.

Participants were taught how to make low budget videos using smartphones to encourage their peers to adobt long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) as effective famly planning options.

Speaking during the five days intensive and well delivered training, Cori Fordham reiterated the need to empower young females to make informed decisions on their sexual and reproductive health (SRH).

“LARCs are safe for young women even those who have not had a child or are not married, highly effective in preventing unwanted pregnancies, private- (invisible to others), and convenient- no daily pills to take or injection to schedule,” she said.

“LARCs are not just long acting against unintended pregnancies, they are also reversible, because they can be removed whenever you are ready to start having children”, she concluded.

The training was very participatory as participants also shared various barriers to access to family planning and other SRH needs in their different communities. They also proffered possible solutions which were reflected in the two video produced as outcomes from the training.

Participants also brain-stormed on potential promotion strategies for the videos. Three other videos will be produced by the host organization and launched in the coming months.

 

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Dr. Victoria Adepoju is a graduate of the College of Health Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Nigeria. She also holds a diploma in Community Health from the School of Hygiene Eleyele Ibadan, Nigeria. Currently with the Babcock University Teaching Hospital, she provides special insights into topical issues as they affect various stakeholders in the health sector with special emphasis on day-to-day operations of the various units in the hospital. She has vast experience reporting health and continues to cover major events for HealthNewsNG.com

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