Nigeria commits to increase annual allocation for contraceptives to $4 million. #FP2020
Today, leaders from around the world, including Nigeria, convened at the Family Planning Summit in London, United Kingdom, to make bold commitments that will help expand access to family planning to millions of women and girls worldwide. At the Summit, more than 60 governments and partners pledged commitments of at least $2.5 billion USD by 2020, with the majority of the funding ($1.5 billion USD) committed by countries in Asia and Africa.
At the Summit, Federal Minister of Health, The Honourable Professor Isaac Adewole pledged in collaboration with its partners and the private sector to achieve a modern contraceptive rate of 27% among all women by 2020. HealthNewsNG gathered that Nigeria committed increasing its annual allocation for contraceptives to $4 million USD and to ensure total disbursement of $56 million to the states through its participating in the Global Financing Facility and via international development assistance loans.
According to the commitment, Nigeria will expand the implementation of its task-shifting policy to include patent medicine vendors and community volunteers to improve access to family planning services in difficult-to-reach areas and among disadvantaged populations. Nigeria will use its Minimal Initial Service Package for sexual reproductive health to provide family planning supplies within its national crisis preparedness and response.
Nigeria also pledged to remove regulatory barriers and to scale up access to new contraceptive methods such as sub-cutaneous Depo Medroxyprogesterone Acetate injections (Sayana Press). To transform its last-mile distribution of health and family planning commodities, Nigeria will use a push-model system, and collaborate with the private sector to optimally transport, store and track commodities using an electronic logistics management system.
Furthermore, a new tracking and accountability system will report annually and real-time, expenditures for family planning at national and state levels. The government will increase the number of health facilities providing family planning services in each of its states and federal territory to 20,000 and leverage its 10,000 functional primary health care facilities to raise awareness about family planning.
In this vein, Nigeria will partner with stakeholders and gatekeepers to reduce socio-cultural barriers for family planning services, including by collaborating with line ministries to ensure the provision of age-appropriate sexual and reproductive health information to youth through the Family Life Health Education Curriculum and youth-friendly services in health facilities and other outlets. To address financial barriers, the government will collaborate with states, donors and other stakeholders on a health insurance scheme to make household family planning expenditures reimbursable.
Nigeria’s commitment will go a long way in reaching thousands of women and girls with critical reproductive health information. For example, Nigeria has over 3.8 million married and sexually active adolescents (ages 15-19) of whom 19% have an unmet need for contraception. If Nigeria was to increase its focus on adolescents, enabling an additional 584,000 adolescent girls to use modern contraception by 2020, then we would see a 14% reduction in its adolescent birth rate.