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As part efforts to strengthen implementation of family planning programmes in Nigeria, the development Research and Project Centre (dRPC) is organising a one day high level meeting for developmental partners in the sector.

The meeting which would be held in Abuja on Thursday is in collaboration with the federal ministry of health and other civil society organisations.

Expected at the meeting are government officials working in family planning and reproductive health, CSOs, and family planning focal persons from five states: Taraba, Kaduna, Kano, Niger, and Lagos.

At the forefront of the meeting deliberation is the gender analysis of FP (family planning) and reproductive health in Nigeria.

The meeting also intends to update the states on the new family planning policies and how to improve implementation.

The CSO and focal persons are also expected to appraise the new policy direction of the federal ministry of health on FP.

In spite effort to make FP services cheap and available in the country, the rate of acceptance is still very low as many sexually active women are reluctant to embrace contraceptives.

The benefits of family planning are obvious. It allows women to space child birth and replenish vital nutrients lost during the process. It also allows the organs of mothers to return to normal.

In spite of these obvious merits, 87 per cent of women in Nigeria or their partners do not use modern or traditional contraceptives.

Statistics from the 2016/17 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) indicate that only 11 per cent of women of ages 15 to 49, currently married or in a union, use the method in the country.

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An urban city such as Lagos also has very low record of FP usage.

PREMIUM TIMES will bring you live updates of the event. You can also follow on Premium Times Twitter handle through the hashtag: #genderanalysisinFP and #PASFP.

The event is expected to start at 9:00 a.m.

Source: Premiumtimes

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