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Life planning for adolescents, key to reduce maternal deaths

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Experts on reproductive health, have identified Life Planning for Adolescent and Youths (LPAY) as a means to reduce Nigeria’s burgeoning population,  maternal deaths and unwanted pregnancies.

Their views formed part of the submission at the recent Adolescent and Youth Reproductive Health Programme Design and Workplan Meeting for Ogun and Niger States in Abua, organised by The Challenge Initiative (TCI).

LPAY as opposed to family planning (FP) focuses on empowering youths on the reproductive health choices available to them, especially as it concerns Youth and Adolescents and Reproductive Health related issues.

 The LPAY aims to increase the capacity of government through demand driven  participation to empower youths so as to enable them make right sexual reproductive choices through availability of information and reproductive health services.

In her opening remark the Portfolio Director of TCI in Nigeria Mrs Moji Odeku asserted that it was necessary for Nigerians to move away from the old ways of doing things  in other to achieve better results and for youths and adolescent to take charge of their lives,  which includes sexual reproductive health.

Explaining why it was imperative to challenge the status quo of Reproductive Health Programme, care and services in Nigeria, TCI Director, Dr. Victory Igharo said, “Urban influx in Nigeria stands at 4.4 per cent, and from 1990 to 2013 the population of women living in urban areas increased from 25 per cent to 42 per cent; the youths are not left out of these population because the health of the young ones affects the health of the adult and that of the future of the children.”

It is expected that the meeting would provide a veritable ROADMAP for LPAY activities in Niger and Ogun states.

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