WCD2020: Opposition By Partners, Cultural & Religious Factors Hampering Reproductive Health- Expert
The Head of Marketing and Communications, Marie Stopes International Organization Nigeria (MSION), Ogechi Onuoha, has identified some barriers hampering sexual and reproductive health programs in Nigeria.
According to Onuoha the barriers include opposition by partners, families or communities , cultural and religious beliefs.
The Head of Marketing at a virtual media conference as part of activities to mark the World Contraceptive day, organized by Love matters Naija, in conjunction with Marie Stopes International Organization Nigeria said the challenges also include not knowing what contraceptive methods are available, wrong perceptions about side effects of modern methods.
“Logistical problems such as difficulty travelling to health facilities, supplies running out at health clinics, economic barriers, empowerment and employment status.”
She said the organisation was presently working collaboratively with and strengthen
government health care delivery including the private health sector in 36 states including the FCT.
” We Offer comprehensive SRH services that enable women all over Nigeria to choose their reproductive health future.”
According to her ” Our services include Contraception, Comprehensive Post-Abortion Care (CPAC), STI testing and treatment, Maternal and child health care, and Health Systems Strengthening.”
“We tailor services and approaches to address the unique challenges of the client by employing
several channels of service delivery to ensure no one is left behind.”she added.
Addressing newsmen on the occasion, the Country Director of Love Matters Naija, Mrs Alu Azege noted that the organisation believes adequate information about Sexual and reproductive health and rights issues was necessary.
“For us at Love Matters we address issues of SRHR from the pleasure positive perspective and we
do not want anything short of it.”
“Contraceptive issues don’t usually favour young people in Nigeria. Unmarried adult most times face discrimination in the society, when it comes to sexual and reproductive Rights “.
According to her” “We are collaborating with the media and other organizations in this sector to ensure that the well-being of our focal group is being captured adequately”
“As we continue to focus on issues of LOVE, SEX and Relationships, our message to every Nigerian
youth who finds it difficult to initiate conversations about contraception is to know that they
need to be opened about this in order to remain safe.” Azege added.
WCD’s mission is to improve awareness of contraception and to enable young people to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health.
The World Contraception Day takes place on September 26th every year, centers around a vision where every pregnancy is wanted.
Launched in 2007, WCD’s mission is to improve awareness of contraception and to enable people – adult and adolescent to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health.