Key takeaways from the 5th Nigeria Family Planning Conference

The Nigeria Family Planning Conference is a biennial conference organized by the Association for the Advancement of Family Planning (AAFP) in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health (MOH) and other stakeholders to showcase the milestones achieved so far with regards to Family Planning in Nigeria. The 5th edition of the conference which held in Abuja from December 4-6, 2018 was a platform for fostering policy debate, exchange of ideas and discussing emerging issues on family planning/reproductive health and chart the way forward towards improving the existing situation.

L-R: Dr Jerome Mafeni (ARFH BOD chair), Prof Ladipo, Sir Bright Ekweremadu (MD SFH), Dr Dauda Suleiman (Palladium)

Here are our key takeaways from the conference. Follow the conversation online with the hashtag #NFPC2018.

“I have always been interested in the financial commitment of Federal Government in family planning. We need to be more innovative about this at all levels of governance. Family planning services can be sustained if the Government allocates $1 per woman of reproductive age in Nigeria” Prof. Ladipo
“You need data for performance tracking and for processing accountability. With data, you can track commitments such as Nigeria’s commitment to attain CPR of 27% by 2020” – Dr. Kayode Afolabi, Director Reproductive Health Division, Federal Ministry of Health
“Family planning and population management generally are not just life-saving interventions but actually critical tools for economic and social development” – Prof. Isaac Adewole, Hon. Minister of Health
“DMPA-SC is the future of family planning, and under the RASUDIN project, ARFH is conducting capacity building for healthcare providers, community workers and women who have enlisted for DMPA-SC self-injection family planning method.” – Mrs Kehinde Osinowo, ARFH Director of Programs.
“Family planning impacts stunting, under 5 mortality and adult mortality.” – Elina Pradhan, Economist, World Bank
“Health insurance is the way to go when it comes to mobilising additional resources for family planning” – Dr Sly Adefemi Akande, Senior Health Finance Advisor, USAID Integrated Health Program

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