Nigeria is acclaimed to have the largest economy in Africa, including the highest number of extremely poor people in the world. As a populous nation in Africa, it shares hugely from the currently 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10-24 in the world. This is the largest population the world has ever seen. Adolescents and young people in Nigeria begin sexual activity at an early age, for the girls, the age of their first sexual initiation start at 17 according to (NDHS, 2018). Often, they are unprepared with chances for increase rate of unintended multiple pregnancies. Marriage and sexuality determine the extent to which women and girls are exposed to the risk of unintended pregnancy, and in most cases, girls and women’s bodily/sexual autonomy is undermined and publicly owned due to culture and social engineering. The timing of and circumstances of marriage and sexual activity have profound consequences for girls and women’s lives, thus the need for girls and women to freely decide whether, when, with whom and how many children to give birth to.
According to the National Demographic Survey 2018, the unmet need for contraceptive use among sexually active unmarried girls and women is (48%). For this reason, it is important to increase information and services for integrated sexual and reproductive health and rights services for the achievement of the SDGs goal 3 in the country. Knit Together will work to accelerate action for the health, rights and wellbeing of women and girls including other gender identities to:
- Achieve Zero unmet need for family planning – increased annual allocation from $3 to $4 million annually from 2018 for procurement of modern contraceptive; provide free family planning information, counselling and services to all women in public health facilities.
Implement age appropriate SRH information, counselling and services for adolescents and youth.