AAFP seeks partnership with NAN on Family Planning advocacy

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THE Association for the Advancement of Family Planning (AAFP), on Monday, has sought for collaboration with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in creating awareness on Family Planning (FP) in the country.

Dr Ejike Oji, the Chairman, Technical Management Committee for the forthcoming 6th Nigeria Family Planning Conference,
called for the collaboration during a courtesy visit to NAN Managing Director, Mr Buki Ponle in Abuja.

He said AAFP wanted to engage NAN to educate Nigerians about the importance of FP to individual and national development, adding that
a situation analysis of the country’s population dynamics pointed at demographic crisis.

He added that the association has scheduled a FP conference between Dec. 7 and Dec. 11 with other stakeholders to discuss and
share experiences on the progress made so far and chart the way forward to improving the existing situation of FP.

He recalled that in 1994, the world met in Cairo and promised to reduce fertility rate to 2.2 by the year 2019, noting that in 2012,
the world also met in London and promised to get the Modern Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (mCPR) to 27 per cent by the
year 2020.

The world also met in 2019 in Nairobi at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD+25) where
it brought it down to 2.5, noting, however, that “our fertility rate is still at 5.5, with great regional disparities.”

He explained that there was increased cases of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) during the COVID-19 lockdown, while
access to FP services was greatly reduced, saying “with increased GBV such as rape and the lack of access to FP services
and commodities while the lockdown lasted, there is the likelihood of increased unwanted pregnancies and abortion.

Responding, the NAN managing director reiterated the commitment of the agency to promote national issues, particularly
those bordering on health issues.

Ponle, who was represented by his Special Assistant, Mr Mufuta’u Ojo, urged the association to continue to use the various
NAN products such as the Bulk SMS and others to create awareness on FP and other matters.

Meanwhile, the theme of the forthcoming conference is “Post FP 2020 Agenda and Safeguarding Investment in
Emergencies: Adaptation, Innovation, Resilience.”

The conference is a biennial event organised by the AAFP, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health
and other FP stakeholders.

Other members of the association and the Local Organising Committee were in attendance at the visit.

NAN

– Nov. 30, 2020 @ 18:17 GMT /

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