BBC: Nigeria mulls birth control policy

25 October, 2018

Extracts and a comment from me below. Full text here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-africa-45938344

'Nigeria’s finance minister says the government is mulling a plan to limit the number of children a woman can have...

The government was consulting religious and traditional leaders nationwide about the policy, Ms Ahmed said...

“And we hope that with their support, we will get to a point where we can come out with the policy that limits the number of children that a mother can have because that is important for sustaining our growth.”

Comment (Neil PW): Nigeria has a large unmet need for access to modern family planning methods, and many women and men have misconceptions about family planning that limit uptake even when they are available (as we have discussed previously in our K4Health-sponsored FPdiscussions). Meeting such needs, together with public health education, would seem to me to be the key priority for the coming years, rather than imposed limits on family size. What do others think?

Best wishes, Neil

Joint Coordinator, HIFA Project on Family Planning

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