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February 26, 2024
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International NGO pledges contraceptive access for 1 in 4 women by 2030

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By Justina Auta

In a strategic move to enhance reproductive choices, the Marie Stopes International Organisation in Nigeria (MSION) has rebranded to MSI Nigeria Reproductive Choices (MSIN).

The organisation aims to empower one in four women to access contraceptive services by 2030, as disclosed by Mr Emmanuel Ajah, the Country Director, during the rebranding event in Abuja.

Ajah highlighted that the rebranding initiative is poised to address gaps in family planning services, allowing individuals to make informed decisions regarding their Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (SRH) rights.

He emphasised MSIN’s commitment to providing contraceptive services without discrimination based on factors such as age, location, background, marital status, or economic standing.

In 2022, MSIN significantly contributed to family planning services, serving 3.3 million clients with diverse SRH services.

This effort resulted in preventing 3.1 million unintended pregnancies and saving 17,050 women from maternal mortality.

Looking ahead to 2030, Ajah projected a demand for Family Planning services from 22 million women and girls.

The organisation’s strategic vision focuses on meeting the contraceptive needs of one in four women through direct MSIN services and collaboration with supported service providers in both public and private sectors.

The inclusion of “Choices” in the organisation’s name reflects its client-centered approach, empowering women to take control of their lives through a range of family planning options.

Addressing the broader impact, Prof. Oladapo Shittu, an Obstetrician and Gynecologist and MSIN board member, emphasised that improved access to contraceptive services is pivotal in reducing unplanned pregnancies, unsafe abortions, and maternal mortality.

He urged the government to allocate funds towards ensuring access to SRH services, emphasising that contraception can prevent up to 30 per cent of maternal deaths.

Dr Tinuola Akinbolagbe, the Board Chairman of MSIN, stressed the urgency to address Nigeria’s alarming maternal mortality rates.

She highlighted the nation’s need to reverse these statistics and ensure that every woman, regardless of age, socio-economic status, or location, is provided with reproductive choices. (NAN) www.nannews.ng

Edited by Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu

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