The 4th Nigeria Family Planning Conference rounded up in Abuja with participants calling for inclusion of family planning in health insurance scheme.
The said family planning should be integrated into maternal, newborn and child helath to achieve the global vision of “Every woman every newborn, everywhere’’.
In a communiqués released after the conference on Thursday, they called for the need to strengthen Public Private Partnership to make quality and affordable family planning.
Family planning programme, they said, should be youth centred and all-inclusive to eliminate existing barriers to information products and services.
Conference which also paid a courtesy visit to the Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr Bayo Onanuga, said: “Parternship with religious and traditional leaders and faith-based organisations should be strengthened to achieve improved support for family planning.’’
The communiqué was jointly signed by Dr. Ejike Oji, the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and the Co-Chair, Mr. Kile Shettima.
The conference noted persistent high level of myths and misconeception about family planning and poor investment in family planning by government.
They also noted poor data management, including those in the private sector as well as poor involvement of young persons in planning decisions and programming.
The recommendations which were predicated on the findings, also included the expansion of the Advancement of Family Planning (AAFP) to include private sector organisations and associaitons actively involved in family planning.
“Government at the sub-national levels, they suggest, should align commitments with the federal level for optimal utilization of quality service in the communities.”