The role of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), as a strong force in advocating for the acceptability of Family Planning (FP) methods by all youths, women, and men of reproductive age across the country was commended at the 5th Biennial Nigeria Family Planning Conference, held recently, in Abuja.
The Honorable Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, represented by the Director, Department of Family Health, Dr. Adebimpe Adebiyi gave this commendation while chairing a plenary session on a topic: Sustaining Family Planning Gains in Nigeria- Key Innovations, New Learnings; Objectives: To share key innovations and new learnings that can be scaled up or replicated for sustainable FP Programming.
Speaking at the session, the Minister said that evidence had shown that, the home grown effort approach strategy: Get It Together Campaign, put together by the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) was of tremendous effect in sustaining the gains of FP activities recorded across all nooks and crannies of the country.
According to the Minister, the campaign whose key massages are: .Get it Together, Use Family Planning
. The best method is the one that suits you
. Know the facts concerning Family Planning
. Talk to your spouse, family and friends about Family Planning
. Go for FP and
. People wey sabi’ use Family Planning, had gone a long way in scaling up advocacy, service delivery, youth programming and demand generation, in that it showcased, distilled and got the FP messages across to the hard to reach segment of the Nigerian population.
Adewole further advised on the use of data to bring about the difference in advocacy, message delivery and sensitization. This approach, he said, would scale up health service in Nigeria because in her words, ‘Data is key in Advocacy’
Professor Adewole urged NUHRI to provide technical support, capacity building with inclusiveness to every State of the Federation in that ‘Health’ was in the concurrent list.
He also said that all hands must be on deck to take the health sector to the desired level assuring that the Federal Ministry of Health was poised to partner with every interested group, on that which was evidence based.
Speaking on ‘How Strategic Communication can Affect Health Outcomes’ the Project Director, NURHI, Dr. Mojisola Odeku, said that factors that influence clients taking up service, identify what influence service provider’s behavior and challenges of workload were critical areas that needed attention.
NURHI uses an integrated 3-pronged approach of Advocacy, Demand Generation, and Service Delivery with a layered-on Adolescents and Youth program (LPAY), with major goals to:
• Increase modern contraceptive use among post-pregnant women in the private sector in Lagos State
• Adapts the proven impactful NURHI approaches and tools and tailors them to address the unique needs of private health providers
• Integrates FP into other services women access such as, antenatal care (ANC), delivery and immediate post-delivery care, and immunization services.
• NURHI also serves as a learning lab for partners and governments desiring to implement/adopt the NURHI model
Director, Media and Public Relations
7th December, 2018