Though several women have gone ahead fighting for gender equality, a large number are still lagging behind without access to, and information on family planning or basic antenatal care.
The African Development and Empowerment Foundation (AfricanDEF) was at Hashibunallahi Delivery Center in Ibadan, southwest Nigeria which is being manged by a community birth attendant who has two assistants (trainees).
At the delivery center, AfricanDEF meet Mrs Alade who is expecting her fifth baby in September 2018. She was one of the beneficiaries of AfricanDEF’s outreach to the delivery center. She and dozens of others were screened for HIV to ensure the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV. This is a screening service that is not routinely provided by community birth attendants thus potentially contributing to Nigeria’s burgeoning new HIV burden that continues to rise.
After teaching the group of pregnant women the benefits of family planning to individual family and society as a whole, Mrs Alade and several others enlisted to embrace family planning after delivery. Their contact details were collected for followup and guidance pre- and post-delivery.
“I don’t ever want to go through this again, getting pregnant with my fifth child was a mistake,” Mrs Alade said.
Another pregnant womn,, Mrs Odunsin shared her experience when she inserted the implant known as the rod contraceptive device. She said she was fine with no worries of pregnancy until she went to remove the device when she said that she was ready for her second child.
“Despite the fear of infertility that has been instilled in me by my neighbors, I got pregnant the second month the device was removed,” she said.
AfricanDEF’s Executive Director, Dr. Victoria Adepoju, said the foundation takes family planning advocacy seriously.
‘We take campaigns to the grassroots alongside health worker’s training and empowerment . This is because majority of unwanted pregnancies are happening in the remote areas where there is no access to health posts or facilities,” she said.
AfricanDEF is also breaking barriers to ensure family planning for all by reaching out to the hard to reach, neglected and marginalised groups in the society.
Miss Ibukun Babarinde, the head of Volunteer implore the the health workers to ensure follow-up and renewal as the case may be, and ensure they attend to all worries, complains, and variation in response for example, period might change. Women on contraceptives might bleed very often or not often at all, or have heavy or light bleeding. they also could have a normal period or no period at all.
Through the help of our team members who are health workers in different facilities, we provide family planning services to everyone in need.