You may recall that a month ago, I wrote a post on contraception and family planning in overcrowded Nigeria. Sometime later, RationalNigerian got an email from a family planning company that sells low-cost condoms, pills and IUDs, advertising their products.
Well, I called up a friend and we had a good laugh about it. When the hilarity of it all had died down, I took my time to read the mail and this stood out:
The Healthcare Provider’s biased nature towards adolescents and contraceptive education affects both the type of care they offer and the type of contraception teens seek out, therefore reducing access for this at-risk population.
Young people including adolescents in Nigeria constitute a significant proportion of the population and face the challenges of unintended pregnancies and teenage abortion. These unique challenges often compromises their health and developmental potentials.
Young people in Nigeria are the ones most in need of contraception and we are the ones denied of it. We are not even educated about it. I had to learn about contraceptives online.
While for personal reasons I don’t agree with the idea of IUDs for teenagers and unmarried people, I am a strong supporter of having morning-after pills readily available to young people, and if possible, for free. Given the prevalence of sexual abuse in Nigeria and the social stigma against rape victims and single mothers, this form of contraception is desperately needed. Take a look at Boko Haram abuse victims and how they’ve been marginalised in their communities.
So, if you happen to be interested in family planning and population control, check out DKT International Nigeria .
(And no, I am not getting paid for this)
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