Available statistics indicates that Nigeria has the highest mortality ratios for women and children in Africa, as well as second highest in the world. As part of efforts to change the narrative, the Federal Government has launched Nigeria’s Family Planning 2030(FP2030), focusing on providing Free FP commodities to women within the reproductive age group.
Delivering a keynote address at the FP2030 lunch in Abuja, Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, disclosed that significant progress is being made towards improving the health status of women and children over the last 20 years.
Ehanire also indicated that government is aggressively stepping up efforts, particularly at the subnational levels to curb the trend in the right direction and bridge the gaps.
Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, in her goodwill message called for collaboration between commissioners of health and women affairs in the states, to take message of Family Planning to the grassroots for a significant progress.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Country Representative, Ulla Mueller, also noted that Family Planning is the vaccine for maternal mortality.
Nigeria’s FP2030 Commitment is comprised of One Vision Statement, Eight Broad Commitment Objective Statements and Sixty-four Strategies together with various Accountability Mechanisms to ensure inclusive, transparent, effective, efficient and successful implementation process.