Female Condom Advocacy Project (FCAP)
The female condom is a reproductive health commodity that has been around for a while, but in Nigeria it has just recently started getting much attention. Female condoms are, as the name implies, a female initiated protection tool which serves to protect both male and female users from STIs and unwanted pregnancy. It also serves as protection against human papillomavirus, also known as HPV which when contracted can lead to cancer.
One of the key considerations for introducing the female condom was the need to empower women to take responsibility for their reproductive health. However, over the years, experience has shown that the use of the female condom will require a wider policy direction through a competency- based advocacy strategy. This will facilitate the policy makers to improve their understanding of the issues around the reproductive health and rights of women as a broader context for promoting female condom programming. Against this background, the Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH) is implementing a project titled “Advocacy for Change; Scaling up knowledge and acceptance of Female Condom Programming in Nigeria (Female Condom Advocacy Project) supported by the Universal Access to Female Condom Joint Programme (UAFC).
The aim of the project is “to Scale-up Female Condom Programming as an Integral part of Family Planning Programming in Nigeria”.
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