Thursday, 05/12/16 11:20 AM

Our advocacy endeavours in the past three years included helping couples in some rural communities in Nigeria maintain equitable and responsible relationships, achieve their desired number of children safely when/if they decide to have them, avoid illness, disease, and disability related to sexual violence.

Also the planning and prevention focus of family planning was a central component of our organization's population and reproductive health projects in the last three years. We advocated and educated rural women in the use of contraceptive methods, such as emergency contraception, to determine the number, timing, and spacing of births including facilitating their equitable access to safe and affordable anti-natal education.

We also assist in expanding rural women in selected communities in Nigeria their access to existing family planning and reproductive health options available in the country. Evidence shows that having an array of contraceptive methods and other reproductive health options increase their use and reduce maternal death rates. Despite their public health benefits, many reproductive health services and family planning options are still not readily available.

To address this, the project we embarked upon supported work to improve quality of care, increase the breadth of services and outreach through our sensitization seminars and extensive enlightenment campaigns where women were informed about Family Planning and Reproductive Health and the relevance of Information Communication Technology, its uses and opportunity offered in today's world.

The ultimate aim of the project was to secure rural women environmental and social rights through awareness rising and information/skills empowerment. In carrying out these activities, we employed Information Education and Communication Programme (IEC) methodology through the use of Mass Media, Interpersonal Communication and Advocacy. We focused on issues such as Family Life Education, Menstruation, Sexual morality, Parent Child Conflict, Child Labour, Abuses, Slavery, Neglect, Abandonment, Sanitation and Hygiene, Pollution, Human Rights Anatomy and Physiology of Reproductive Organs, Population Explosion, STDs, VVF, and HIV/AIDS.

We selected these topics, because they are contemporary issues that have impact in the daily lives of women. We also carried advocacy to build primary health care stake-holders commitment tailored towards ensuring access to female condoms which is the only available pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.