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  • A major outcome of the International Conference on Population and Development held in Cairo in 1994 is that many countries including Nigeria shifted the focus of their population and development programmes to reproductive health. In this regard, the Reproductive Health Division of the Federal Ministry of Health, with assistance from POLICY Project, developed a 5-year RH strategic plan for the period 2002 – 2006. This strategic framework and plan is fashioned to translate the reproductive health policy into actionable plans. The goal of the strategic framework is to improve the quality of life of all Nigerians, men,, women and children through enhanced reproductive health. Thus the key objectives are to reduce the maternal mortality rate by 90% and perinatal mortality rate by 30% of the 1999 figures. Other objectives to reduce the prevalence of STIs and HIV infections, limit all forms of gender-based violence and other harmful practices, reduce the incidence of reproductive cancers and infertility, and increase contraceptive prevalence rate. In providing a comprehensive right based and gender sensitive reproductive health services, linkages between that make services comprehensive should be established such that health care staff, made polyvalent in their skills offer services in a wide range of RH care needs within each care centre. The strategic framework and plan also promotes community participation and encourages private sector support. Since health is under the concurrent list in Nigeria, the three tiers of government, shall spearhead the funding and implementation of the Plan with support from Developmental Agencies, International organizations and NGOs The following priority areas have been given focused attention: • Safe Motherhood • Family Planning • Adolescent Reproductive Health • STIs, HIV/AIDS • Harmful Practices, Reproductive rights and Gender Issues • Tumours of Reproductive Organs • Infertility and Sexual Dysfunction’ • Menopause and Andropause The contemporary issues under each of these component areas are to be addressed through five strategies of advocacy and social mobilization, promotion of healthy reproductive behaviour, equitable access to quality services, capacity building and research promotion. It is expected that this strategic framework and plan may be reviewed as necessary. With an estimated budget of N21,000,000.000 (Twenty one billion Naira), successful implementation of this strategic framework and plan should substantially contribute to achievement of the goals of the RH policy, the National Health Policy and the National Policy on Population for sustainable Development.