The policy environment in Nigeria for family planning (FP) and other population issues has improved significantly over the last decade. National policies and legislation have been enacted to bolster FP programming; provide low- or no-cost contraceptives to states for distribution; and expand human resources for FP counselling, referral, and other services. Yet despite these gains, Nigeria's young population (over 60% are under 25 years of age) still suffers from high total fertility and maternal and infant mortality rates and low contraception use, highlighting a need for national, subnational, and local governments to better translate policies into action. A lack of dedicated budget lines for FP services and commodity transport at state and local government levels leads to breaks in the supply chain and limited access to a wide range of FP methods, provider attrition, weak or dilapidated infrastructure, and poor or nonexistent equipment. As a result, women have restricted access to safe and effective contraception, which limits the use of family planning, especially more effective methods that can better prevent unintended pregnancies.
What We Do
Building on the momentum of our predecessor projects in Nigeria, HP+ is
- Revealing evidence gaps for effective FP advocacy and helping to generate the evidence needed to stimulate national and subnational action and compel decisionmakers to act in favor of family planning
- Informing the most effective targeting and presentation of evidence for family planning to persuade decisionmakers to take action
- Identifying key FP decisionmakers and stakeholders and non-FP organizations that may have interests in family planning
- Assessing stakeholders' willingness and ability to promote an evidence-based FP advocacy agenda